Building a Scholarship Resume

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Building A Scholarship Resume

A scholarship resume gives the scholarship judges a quick insight into the student and their accomplishments. It should be one page, neatly typed to look at your achievements with the most current ones listed first. The scholarship resume is one more way for you to shine in the eyes of the judges, so don’t hold back! Be sure to include:
• Volunteering/Community Service
• Jobs held
• Interests
• High level classes taken (Honors, AP, CLEP, etc.)
• Awards won (School, Clubs, Church, Sports, etc.)
• Sports played
• Leadership positions held
• Work experience
• ACT and/or SAT scores
• Any other achievements you are proud of

In the top right hand corner of the scholarship resume I included a small, colored photo of my daughter so that the judges could now put a face to the name on the scholarship application they were reviewing. Make sure the Scholarship Resume has your name, address, telephone number and email address typed at the top of the page. Never have your Scholarship Resume be more than one page. Keep in mind your Resume is a brief summary highlighting your personal brand and it was not a specific requirement by the judging committee. You want to provide them only with a brief overview.

Take your personal story and tagline to a close friend and ask them how they perceive you, what they think about you, and how they would tell your story to someone else. Very often, family members and close friends remember small details that can later become very important in your scholarship search.

Finally, take inventory of all your interests, activities, hobbies, associations, etc. in a spreadsheet or text document. Look through your personal story that you wrote for all the details about sports you’ve played, people you’ve met, associations you’ve joined, and so forth.

Make notes about all of these components of your life story and organize them; once we begin our search in earnest, each of the details in your story will become keywords with which you will use to search the Internet for scholarships.

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One thought on “Building a Scholarship Resume

  1. Erinn, I like the categories you listed for the resume, but I’m wondering why you listed “Jobs Held” and “Work Experience” as two separate categories. Aren’t those the same thing?

    Also, you wrote, “Keep in mind your resume is a brief summary highlighting your personal brand and it was not a specific requirement by the judging committee.” Unless the scholarship application packet specifically asks for a resume or gives the student the option of submitting additional documents that would help the judging panel get to know him/her better. I would not include a resume. Adding items to the packet that the judging panel doesn’t want, in my opinion, indicates that the applicant can’t follow directions.

    The same applies to an adult sending a resume for a job. Don’t submit your transcripts, dissertation/thesis, or letters of recommendation/references if they’re not requested. Only include them if they are optional and portray you in a positive light. Now, if you’re told a cover letter is optional, it really isn’t. Not including one indicates laziness. Besides, you need a cover to whet the reader’s appetite for looking at your resume.

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