Preparing The Scholarships : Filling out the scholarship application is a fact of life when seeking scholarships.

Unfortunately, there is no generic form or format; each scholarship fund has its own methods and information needs. Some scholarships such as The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest offers no application form at all; submissions are accompanied by a letter with a required set of information. You should plan to spend 10-15 hours per scholarship application. This estimate includes gathering materials, filling out application, preparing the package and writing a short essay. Now it’s time to add efficiency to your skills because the preparation of scholarship applications is something of a production line process where efficiency will save you time and help you avoid errors High Demand Materials Obtain or create a number of copies of materials that will be requested over and over again. Frequently requested documents might include transcripts, financial aid forms or copies of tax returns, resumes, letters of recommendation or photographs. Your efficiency in preparing scholarship packages will be astronomically enhanced by being able to simply pluck the requested documents from the document holders filed in your scholarship three ring binder. Multi-Tasking In most cases, applying for a scholarship means writing an essay. Look for opportunities to use those scholarship essays to fulfill class requirements as well. If you need to write an essay for your government course, you might as well write on the topic of “a current elected public official in the United States, who is acting courageously to address a political issue at the local, state, national, or international level”. Then you can submit your homework assignment to “The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest”. Or, if you need to read a book and write a report on some aspect of the reading, plan to read “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde and submit your book report to the “Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest”. We particularly appreciate the requirements of the “The CollegeProwler Essay Competition”. This competition requires that you submit up to three college application essays that you have already written and submitted. Now that’s a great example of the power of reuse, recycle. The Scholarship Cover Letter The application cover letter conveys the package from you to the funding organization. It is one more opportunity to demonstrate professionalism and knowledge of appropriate business etiquette. If possible, make a determination to whom the letter should be addressed. Be sure you have that individual’s name and title spelled correctly. Avoid using either, “Dear Sir” or ” Dear Madam ” In the body of the letter, express your pleasure at the opportunity to submit your application for the specific award you are seeking. It’s always useful to add a sentence praising the work or the mission of the funding organization. Close the letter by expressing your enthusiasm for participating in the process and always thank the recipient for their time and consideration. Forms and Documents The scholarship application form introduces you to the judges. You need to make that introduction as crisp and business-like as possible. Make copies of the application form so that you can create a working draft. Use that draft to complete the final application form. Type the application form if at all possible. Don’t use fancy fonts; stick with standard business fonts like Times New Roman or Arial. Legibility and neatness are extremely important. Your application can be eliminated if it cannot be easily read. Put your name on every page of the application. Many funds prefer that applications be free of staples so they are easier to photocopy or distribute. That means there is the potential for parts of your application to become lost. Placing your name on every page gives your application a fighting chance of being reconstituted if a page or two gets waylaid during the process. Answer every question. If you don’t believe that a question applies to you, don’t leave it blank – it could be judged incomplete. Don’t mark the question N/A, not applicable. The evaluators may have a different point of view on its applicability and can disqualify you for failing to complete the form. Instead, answer the question if you can. If the question is truly not applicable, write a sentence that describes your situation. For example, if the question is,”What is your military history?” it is preferable to write “I have never served in the military” rather than leave it blank or write N/A Check, check and re-check for typos. Enlist help in this review. It is very hard to proof read your own material. Inevitably, your mind’s eye reads what you thought you wrote, not what actually made it onto the page. A fresh reader will catch the words that you missed and find the spelling problems. If there is one thing we learned from speaking with funders, it is that simple errors will remove you from the competition much more quickly than listing too few club activities. Even if you are not class valedictorian or community volunteer of the year or a survivor of some horrific circumstances with a heroic story to tell, you can still be in the finalist round by being sure you spelled the name of the scholarship fund correctly and attending to all of the other minor details that will make your application perfectly correct and therefore worthy of consideration. Place the requested documents in the package in the order that they are requested. This consistency makes it easier for evaluators to locate information. It’s also simpler for you to check the documents against the list of requirements. Do not add documents that have not been requested. There are many scholarship guides in the press that encourage you to add additional materials as a way for you to show your creativity and make your application unique. Judging by the available data, if you create an error-free, neat and timely application package, you will have already distinguished your application as unique. Additional materials: Give the impression that you think the funders don’t really know what they need Can disqualify you in some competitions Makes your application more difficult to manage and consequently more likely to be eliminated

As a matter of presentation. We don’t. For example.blogsome. Send the application “return receipt requested” or use a delivery service like FedEx that allows you to track the package’s path and verify who signed for it. You are better served by focusing on making your application shine. When preparing the applications. follow up. Do not place the application in a special folder unless directed to do so. I am Honored to receive the Millard Business Scholarship this year. The place to be creative and innovative is in the preparation of your essay. In this way you will have proof that the application was received by the organization. My name is Sarah Barnes. Make a complete copy of the application before you send it. as well as the Invaluable learning experiences this institution has made available to me that have expanded and Strengthened my education. in addition to my finance coursework. It is always reasonable to use paper clips to keep materials tidy. You won’t have a chance at the scholarship if the application never makes it to the in-box. I am pleased with the education I have received at the University of Iowa.com/letter-of-scholarship-request/ sample of scholarship request letter. Do not staple documents together unless directed to do so.Some advice givers swear by the “additional material” strategy. If you do not receive verification within the appropriate length of time. I would like to thank you for your Generosity and thoughtfulness in regards to this award. The Bottom Line The scholarship application is a paper model of you. using the structure requested by the funder. and I am a junior Finance major at the University of Iowa. just follow the directions you are given. Make sure your application is professional and compelling http://internationalscholarship. Use an envelope that will hold your application without folding it. the application will look better without creases. Your Name: Address: City: Phone Number: Postal Code: Email Address: Date: Dear Sir/ Madam. I am the . it is always important to have a complete record of everything you send the funder in exactly the form it was received by the funder. Don’t skip the transcript or the financial aid statement because you know those are included.

.. It is with deep gratitude I write this letter to thank you for you generous scholarship support Through the 2005 Jane Doe Scholarship... (Dance Marathon Raises money for children being treated in the pediatric oncology unit of the Children’s Hospital of Iowa.) Upon graduation from the University of Iowa... One of these opportunities has been serving as a communications consultant in the Business Writing Center..... I have found a number of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom in the College of Business that have encouraged my decision to pursue a career in integrated marketing communications. I cannot begin to tell you the many ways your scholarship will assist me as I pursue my Educational and career goals. I am extremely grateful for your support... Your Name: Address: City: Phone Number: Postal Code: Email Address: Date: Dear Sir/ Madam. It’s especially meaningful to write to you once again this year.. Your willingness to maintain strong ties to the University of Iowa and the College of Business is an inspiration as I begin to reflect on my college years and plan for graduation.. as I received your scholarship last year....Treasurer for the student-run. Yours sincerely......... and I am extremely grateful for your financial assistance.. As a junior Marketing and Journalism major... In this .... My ultimate career goal is to become an investment portfolio manager......... on-campus organization. I hope to carry this knowledge into the Financial services industry working as either a junior securities analyst or an economist with an Investment firm... I’m beginning to realize just how instrumental this academic community has been in shaping who I am and my goals for the future. / faithfully Name Signature D f ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….... Dance Marathon... This support for two years means a great deal for me – I’m very proud to share this connection with you...

staff and students through this position. In receiving this scholarship. This year. I have been able to form important connections with faculty. which you have so generously donated to the College of Business. I work one-on-one with students to improve their written assignments and communication skills. as a senior majoring in Finance. has had an impact upon me far beyond the obvious and measurable Financial help. and it’s motivated me to further pursue a career in marketing communications. You have eased my financial burden but equally Important. The Millard Business Scholarship. / faithfully Name Signature Your Name: Address: City: Phone Number: Postal Code: Email Address: Date: Dear Sir/ Madam. you have allowed me an opportunity to see the impact such a gift has . Yours sincerely. It is also an important connection to someone else who has had a meaningful experience at the University of Iowa.position. I am touched not only by your generosity but also by our shared Desire to give back to this great college. I look forward to strengthening my own ties in the coming years to this academic community and someday being able to support students as you do today. Thank you once again for your generous support. I am already feeling nostalgic. Things we do in life often have measurable results but the extent of their impact is often difficult to Quantify. Your scholarship serves as an exciting challenge for me to maintain and improve my level of achievement before graduation. I have begun to Wonder. if not more so. “How can I give back to this place that has given me so much?” Your gift serves as an Example of the impact I would like to have beyond my graduation.

And. As I move to The next phase of my life. why you are writing to them. In first paragraph write.        Mention how you think that you are eligible for the scholarship. include all information about the scholarship as well. I feel an excitement to some day be in your position. Writing a scholarship letter is an important step in a student’s life. I feel a responsibility to uphold the expectations that accompany Such an honor. Include all your relevant abilities for the job but mention your most important ability in first paragraph.     Your scholarship letter should be in business format. Mention how strongly it benefited you. so you need to write a letter in such a way that communicates whole idea in first glance. we would suggest you to write from your heart.On a student’s point-of-view. You can follow any of the business letter format for the scholarship letter. / faithfully Name Signature If you are searching the answer of the question “how to write a scholarship letter” You do not need to be worried about anything. because we have a shared experience. If you are thanking the person who has provided you scholarship. Thank you for your gift and the “immeasurable” impact it has had on me. This summer. State the type of scholarship you are applying for. giving back to the Institution that has helped builds the foundation for the rest of my life. Your recipient does not get time to see your scholarship letter thoroughly. . When thanking the person for giving you scholarship. Some sample scholarship letters are also given below that will help you in customizing your own scholarship letter according to your own needs. You should include all your positive points in a scholarship letter. Appraise your recipient for the work he / she has done. I will remain strongly tied to my roots here at the College of Business And the people. Sincerely. Yours sincerely. who have helped shape my collegiate experience. I feel a kinship and camaraderie with your husband. like yourself. Mention your objective and expectations of achieving those objectives with scholarship. a man whom I Never had the opportunity to meet. I feel pride in being Selected to receive this gift. Following are the important tips to write a scholarship letter. We shall provide you all necessary information in this matter. I will begin my career in Chicago with The Northern Trust Company.

. Proofread your letter at least once to see that whatever you wanted to include in your letter has included. thank the reader once again for considering you for the position.   Address the letter to the recipient by writing “Dear Sir / Madam” In last paragraph.

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