There is no magic formula for applying for and receiving a scholarship. But these tips can start you on the right foot.
* Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It is a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to ensure receipt.
* Be honest. Don't exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. It is better to focus on the scholarships for which you might be eligible.
* Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay; others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
* Proofread your application: Review everything. Typos are a sure way not to be considered for a scholarship. Consider asking a parent, teacher, or friend to read your application.
* Keep copies of everything you send: If your application is misplaced, having copies will make it easier to resend your information quickly.
* Send your application packet by registered mail: Many sources offering scholarships will not confirm
receipt of your application. Consider sending your application via USPS registered mail so you know your
materials arrived safely.