How to Fill Out Scholarship Applications

by eHow Contributor

The way you fill out scholarship applications can make or break your chances of getting funding. Sloppy, illegible writing, inaccuracies and incomplete information can spell disaster for your chances of winning any money for your schooling. Neatness and accuracy are keys, so write thoroughly and cautiously when filling out scholarship forms. Leave yourself enough time to fill out applications well before the deadline dates arrive.

Read the entire scholarship application and make sure that you're actually eligible for the proposed funding. Many times, the scholarships are meant for specific populations. You can save yourself time by reading about the scholarships beforehand and making sure that you meet the minimum eligibility criteria.

Research the background, history and goals of the scholarship and the organization presenting it. This may aid you in completing the scholarship application and essay in a way that makes you more likely to get money.

Make a copy of the scholarship application. Prepare an initial rough draft or practice application. You'll fill out the information on this rough draft and then transfer it neatly to the actual application later.

Don't leave any spaces blank when you fill out the application. Fill out the entire scholarship application and write "not applicable" where appropriate.

Detail your academic achievements when asked. Draw attention to things like your good GPA (above a 3.4 is ideal to highlight), any academic honors and other scholarly accomplishments.

List your other hobbies, volunteer work and relevant successes on your scholarship application. Good examples are experiences that are in line with the area of study for which you're trying to get a scholarship, such as volunteering at a medical center when applying for a nursing scholarship.

Check for typographical and grammatical errors on your rough-draft scholarship application. Ask a friend who is proficient in English to proofread. Transfer your error-free information from the rough draft onto your original application.

Things You Will Need

  • Applications
  • Photocopies of blank applications
  • Writing implement
  • Word processing software

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