How to Save Time on Scholarship Apps

You want scholarships, right? Lots of them! Because a scholarship is a kind of money gift—that much less that you have to pay. Some scholarships are awarded by your high school or—more often—the college where you commit to attend. These should be the first places you look for scholarships.

We’re going to talk about the scholarships that you can find on scholarship websites. These may be offered by businesses, or corporations, or foundations, or clubs. You can use them wherever you attend college unless their rules say otherwise. Is there a scholarship for tall people? No tall tale here—yes! Why would someone award an Asparagus Club scholarship? Maybe to be first on the alphabetical list?

The point is that there are way more scholarships than you have time to apply for. Make a plan and a list BEFORE you start plugging away at the application form and you’ll save yourself A LOTof time and repeat effort. Many scholarships ask for the same things.

Here are common items you’ll need.

  • Save every essay you write in your own file where you can find it quickly. You can reuse all or parts for different applications. That college essay we talked about above? Save it for scholarship applications!

  • A copy of your high school transcript

  • Letters of recommendation (from teachers or non-relative adults)

  • A copy of your ACT or SAT scores.

Scholarships take time to apply for. You won’t win all of them. Make a plan and you’ll knock some applications out. That’ll feel like a win! Schedule time in your week, every week, to find a few and apply for them. Because they take time and some effort, the competition for some scholarships isn’t as big as you’d think.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” --Wayne Gretzky

Action Step: Take a look at Chapters 12 and 13 in The Guide, where we lay out more details on financial aid and on finding scholarships. Are you a Tweeter ? Search #scholarship for new announcements and upcoming deadlines.  In our next newsletter, we’ll dig deep with one of our favorite scholarship search tools, Going Merry.