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Getting Organized for the Scholarship Application Process

Organization Tools:

  • A computer or laptop to conduct online searches
  • A printer
  • File Folders for separating scholarship applications and attachments
  • A large file folder holder (an accordion-pleated one works well)
  • A calendar to track application deadline, submissions and other important dates
  • Large envelopes and stamps for any items that must be mailed

Step One:  Search for Scholarships

  • Consult with your high school guidance counselor and let them know you are interested in going to college and finding available scholarships.
  • Ask your local community foundations about scholarships. Check with the Chamber of Commerce, United Way, your church home, Elks, Junior League, Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, YWCA, and other local institutions and clubs.
  • Consult with the colleges you are considering attending, and be sure to view the financial aid section of the school’s website. If you need additional help, the financial aid office can suggest institutional scholarship sources.
  • Be sure to use Fund My Future and other free scholarship searches on the Internet.

Step Two:  Start Your Scholarship Research as Early as Possible

  • Make a list of all the scholarships for which you want to apply.
  • Begin a file folder for each scholarship application and its supplemental material.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for, and remember that a combination of smaller scholarships can accumulate into the money you need for college. Don’t ignore the smaller scholarships.  
  • Make special note of all application deadlines on your calendar.  
  • Keep track of all your extracurricular activities, including sports, clubs, choir, drama, and band. Be sure to have a complete list of community service hours and volunteer activities.

Step Three:  Be Timely with the Application Process

  • Allow plenty of time to complete the application and avoid mistakes and errors. Be sure to read the application thoroughly and be certain of the required information and any supplemental materials needed.
  • Read and learn about the company, organization, club or foundation that is offering the scholarship. This will help you understand their focus and mission, which will assist you in answering certain questions on the application.
  • Answer questions completely and stay on point. Be through, but also be succinct.
  • If you are asked to provide financial information on the scholarship application, make sure you get accurate and complete information from all appropriate sources. Be sure to provide any needed documentation.
  • If a third party has to provide supplemental information, such as a letter of recommendation, be sure to follow up to ensure the necessary material has been submitted or provided to you.
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