Staying organised throughout the scholarship application process

Organised scholarship application

Whether you’re a high school student or an adult, having a structured approach to scholarship applications can make a world of difference. If you’re not sure where to start, we have some tips that can help you get organised and stay on top of your scholarship applications.

Start with research

Begin by identifying scholarships that align with your interests, circumstances, and future course of study. Consider using scholarship search engines, school resources, and community organisations to compile a list. Don’t forget to make note of any application deadlines.

Create a calendar

Now that you have a list of potential scholarships, it’s time to set up a calendar. Note each scholarship’s application deadline, making sure to include plenty of time for gathering required documents and writing essays. Prioritise each option based on your eligibility, the amount of the award, the effort required for the application, and the closing date.

Gather necessary documents

Next, collect all the necessary documents, such as academic transcripts, recommendation letters, doctor’s notes, or proof of financial hardship. Keep them in a dedicated folder or digital file for easy access when needed.

To obtain a recommendation letter, approach teachers, mentors, or employers who know you well and can speak to your strengths. Provide them with enough time and information to write a quality recommendation – this will make your application much stronger.

When it comes to writing essays, take your time. Tailor each essay to the specific scholarship’s requirements and prompts. Make sure to highlight your achievements, goals, and why you’re a perfect fit for that particular award.

Double-check application details

Before hitting that submit button, review your application thoroughly. Ensure that all fields are filled out accurately and all necessary documents are attached. It would be a shame to let a small oversight cost you a potential scholarship.

Keep track of submissions

Maintain a record of the scholarships you’ve applied for, including confirmation emails or any tracking numbers provided. This helps in case you need to follow up or address any issues that may arise.

Be patient

After submitting your applications, be patient – it may take some time to hear back. In the meantime, you might like to continue your search for additional opportunities, or switch gears and focus on other important applications.

Follow up

If you’re fortunate enough to receive a scholarship, remember to express your gratitude. A thank you note or email goes a long way in showing your appreciation. If you didn’t receive a scholarship, you may be able to ask for some feedback so you can craft an even better application next time.

Find out more about scholarships

Staying organised throughout the scholarship application process can greatly increase your chances of success, as well as save you from the panic of submitting everything at the last minute.

You can find out more about study and scholarships here, or search for opportunities here.

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