Unless they apply for financial aid, even high-achieving students will miss out on it. Showcasing hard work, strengths, and talents are all part of securing scholarships. If students approach this process systematically and start early, scholarships can take a big bite out of college-related expenses. Consider sharing some attributes of a strong application to help students streamline the scholarship application process regardless of the type and number of applications they fill out.
What are the top 10 attributes of a strong scholarship application?
- Get organized
- Draft a good resume
- Obtain a high school transcript
- Set up a simple, conventional email address
- Submit apps exactly as requested
- Have a photo taken
- Request recommendations
- Write general essays first, then customize
- Track due dates
- Make copies before submitting
More details on each facet of this list can be found in this handy, printable infographic -- download it here. It’s perfect for posting in your classroom. For a deeper dive into scholarships, check out our Scholarship Basics for Educators page.