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Helpful Hints for Writing a Winning Scholarship Application
- Are you eligible for this award?
- Some scholarships have specific guidelines. You might not be eligible for specific scholarships, so double-check to make sure you’re eligible. If you’re eligible, note the deadline and give yourself plenty of time to get all the required documents (transcripts, letters of support, etc.) in before the deadline.
- Be Confident.
- Every organization has a story to tell. Good storytellers are influential, and being influential is a key element in remaining relevant to the organization. Believe in who you are and what you bring to the table, and demonstrate it on paper. Do you have skills that make a difference? You must be able to articulate them not only to the scholarship judges, but to your future employers as well. Scholarship committees ask applicants to write essays to find out what they are like. What sets you apart from the rest of the pack? Good writing is clear and concise.
- Spell check and proofread your essay.
- Grammatical errors and typos in an essay can turn a scholarship committee off, and they can affect your ability to win the scholarship you are applying for. Spell check is a nice tool, but it doesn’t catch everything. Remember to have someone proofread your application, and remember to make sure you’ve written a essay that meets the requirements of the question posed; did you double-check your word length in the essay?
Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships
Dialog/ Roger K. Summit Scholarship Eligibility: A graduate student in library and information science who has demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services.