Scholarship Tip: The Scholarship Application

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Are You Ready?

It may seem as though you have devoted your entire life to preparing for college.  You’ve spent what feels like forever choosing a college, choosing your major, taking the right classes, learning how to write college essays, studying for the SAT or ACT, completing the college application process and even getting ready for more mundane tasks like doing your own laundry and cooking.Yet, most students still feel unprepared for one of the most important parts of going to college: the scholarship application.  Sure, everyone you talk to has different pointers for what goes into a good scholarship application – everything from advice on how many extracirricular activities to do, to which words to use or avoid in your scholarship application.  But, how do you actually put it all together?  Granted 4 U has a wealth of resources that will help you prepare a stellar scholarship application.

The Scholarship Application Process

The first step in crafting a winning scholarship application is obviously finding scholarships to apply for.  By using Granted 4 U, you will have access to over 2.7 million scholarships and grants worth more than $19 billion.  That’s a lot of scholarships!  Luckily, we will help you narrow them down based on the information you provide about yourself so you can quickly and easily find what you need to get on your way to winning scholarships.

After Granted 4 U has provided you with an initial search, and has provided you with a list of scholarships for which you can apply for, prioritize your list based on the amount of the award, the scholarship deadline and how much work will be involved in applying your scholarship strategy.  Your strategy should involve making a schedule for working your way through your list and deciding how many scholarship applications you will commit to each week.  To maximize your scholarship application output and the scholarships you receive, be sure to start as early as possible – usually in October of your senior year of high school.

Preparing Your Scholarship Application

While reusing essays is smart and efficient, make sure that you are still closely following instructions for each seperate application.  Missing an important step in a scholarship application is the quickest way to lose out on valuable money for school.  Check over each scholarship application before you submit it to make sure you haven’t missed anything.  Otherwise, make sure you use proper etiquette in preparing and submitting your scholarship application – politeness never hurts and it can even help you stand out from the competition.

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