Applying for Scholarships: 3 Tips for Success

Posted By Staff Writer on July 6, 2017

With billions of dollars of financial aid available to college students, there's no shame in seeking out assistance to cover the cost of a college degree. In fact, during the 2014-2015 school year, about two-thirds of full-time college students used grants or scholarships to pay for college.1 Luckily, there are a wide variety of scholarships available for college students in the United States. Although applying for scholarships can betime-consuming, the amount of financial aid you can receive can very well make it worth your time. Here are some tips to remember when you're filling out your scholarship applications:

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Keep track of deadlines

Do whatever you need to do to ensure you don't forget the deadlines. Mark the dates on your calendar, put a sticky note on your mirror, or write the dates on the back of your hand—whatever it takes. Missing the deadline can often automatically disqualify you from being eligible for a scholarship.

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Proofread your application

As many times as you can proofread it, do so. You may also want to recruit family or friends to proofread your application. This way, you know that you're not going to lose out on funding simply because you made a spelling error or a grammar mistake.

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Make sure you're eligible

Recheck the eligibility requirements of any scholarship that you find to ensure you are, in fact, eligible to receive the scholarship. You don't want to waste your time applying for a scholarship that you aren't eligible for.

Funding for college students it out there—you just have to be diligent and seek out as many opportunities as you can. During the process, don't let silly mistakes ruin your chances at being awarded a scholarship. Stevens-Henager College offers several scholarship programs for working adults who are ready to get an education.2 In fact, its family of colleges has awarded over $27 million in total scholarships since 2012. For more information about how scholarships can help you achieve your career goals, visit our website!3

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Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program from Stevens-Henager College. She currently helps manage Stevens-Henager College's online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her family.