How To Apply For A College Scholarship

If you’re interested in applying for college scholarships, here’s a short checklist to help you along the way:

Step 1: Research scholarships and create a list that you want to apply to

The first step in the process is to identify scholarships that you may qualify for using all of the aforementioned tools. Also be sure to talk to your guidance counselor, as well as college financial aid officer, if one is available. Take advantage of any and all resources available to you. When it comes to researching college scholarships, be sure you cast your net as wide as possible. Also, be sure to conduct research early—and often. New scholarships are available all the time, so it’s important to consistently be checking for them.

Step 2: Organize your research

Every scholarship is different. What this means is that each one will have a slightly different application process and that deadline dates will vary. Organize your research based on deadlines, starting with the most pressing first, to ensure that you don’t miss out on any valuable scholarship opportunities due to a missed deadline.

Step 3: Gather all your documentation

Gather all your basic application documentation so that it’s easily accessible and readily available for inclusion with your scholarship applications. Failing to submit all required documentation will automatically disqualify you from being awarded a scholarship, so be sure to make sure all your ‘i’s are dotted and ‘t’s are crossed. There’s nothing worse than finding out you didn’t receive a scholarship because of a silly mistake.

Step 4: Write your essay and/or cover letter (if required)

Some scholarships require that applicants submit essays on specific topics and/or cover letters. Both provide students with the opportunity to explain why they are the most worthy recipient of the scholarship funds.

Step 5: Fill out—and submit—your application package

The final step in the process is to fill out the application, and double-check that you have everything ready to submit. This includes proofreading your application, essay and cover letter, as well as ensuring that all other supporting documentation—including information about your GPA and admissions test scores— is current. When you’re finally ready to submit everything, be sure to read through the fine print. While many scholarship packages can be submitted electronically, some scholarship committees will only accept submissions via snail mail.

Visit www.chamberofcommerce.org/best-college-scholarships for more information on college scholarships.

—Submitted by Chamber Of Commerce

Want It In Print?

We now offer matted and framed copies of articles upon request.

Anton Media Staff
In addition to its arts and entertainment publication Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group publishes 16 community newspapers, several magazines, specialty publications and websites. With brands dating back to 1877, Anton has a commitment to deliver trusted and relevant content to the communities it serves.

Leave a Reply

Discover

Sponsor

Latest

Column: Student Perspectives During The COVID-19 Pandemic

A local student founded Long Island Laboring Against COVID-19, or LILAC, an organization that raises funds to serve COVID-19 patients, medical professionals, first responders and frontline workers putting their lives at risk. 

Students Make Blankets For Frontline Workers

Sabelle Rosen, a Plandome resident and junior at Friends Academy in Locust Valley and Ari Chananya a junior at Jericho High School, were so...

Inside Politics: The Weekly Newspaper Is A Treasure

The pandemic has had a dramatic impact on all sorts of printed media.

Farmingdale Fitness Business Pays It Forward In The Face Of COVID-19

Guided by a firm belief that positivity is far more contagious than negativity, the Long Island business owner is continuing to spread good vibes while keeping his dream alive.

Socialization In The Online Learning Age

School has always been a consistent outlet for important social interactions.

Get Updates Via Email

Enter your email to be updated with all the latest news and special announcements.

x