The College Scholarship Process


With the expenses you pay for a college education continuing to rise and the total student loan debt continuing to build, scholarships can offer a lot of aid to incoming freshman and returning students as well. Scholarships are given by different companies and organizations, including the federal government. Here are some key pointers to help you successfully obtain a college scholarship.

When you’re applying to many different scholarships, it is pretty easy to get confused and mix up the deadlines. An easy way to avoid this and stay organized is by using a planner, calendar or spreadsheet to keep all your scholarship information in order. When using a spreadsheet, be sure to include important information like the name and link to the scholarship, it’s total amount, the submission deadline, and any extra requirements. You can even send your mom or dad the spreadsheet so they can be informed on how your process is going.

It is vital to keep all the stuff you useneed tp fill out applications. This will make the process of applying for scholarships in the future a lot easier. Particular items you might want to keep together include your resume, cover letters, school records, personal essays and letters of recommendation.

The last thing you should do before submitting your application is to reread all your materials and make edits. Use spell check on your writing or ask a friend or family member to help you out and offer suggestions. For more ideas on how to prepare, organize, search and apply for college scholarships, see the accompanying infographic.