Tips to Submitting a Winning Scholarship Application

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TIP #1 Apply only if you are eligible.

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Read the scholarship requirements and directions carefully, and make sure that you are eligible before you apply. Your application won’t be considered if youare not qualified to apply.

TIP #2 Complete the application in full.
Be sure to complete the entire application. If a question does not apply, note that on the application (“n/a” for not applicable).  Don’t just leave a blank. Include all required documents.

TIP #3 Follow the directions.
Provide everything that is required, but do not supply things that are not requested – your application will be disqualified.  If a special letter or form is required, make sure that you include it.

TIP #4 Make sure your essay makes an impression.
The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the ‘who,’ ‘what,’ ‘where,’ and ‘when’ of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.  There is a specific prompt or topic for each scholarship. Be sure that you respond to that prompt. Be sure to check your spelling. Think of your essay as a narrative picture of you for our selection committee.

TIP #5 Give it a final ‘once-over.’
Proofread the entire application carefully. Be on the lookout for misspelled words or grammatical errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread your essays.

TIP #6 Ask for help if you need it.
If you have a problem with the application, visit your school’s Scholarship Coordinator.  If you have specific questions about the application, contact Ventura County Community Foundation.

TIP #7 Remember:  Your scholarship application represents you!
Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you.
It’s your face to this organization. Take pride in yourself by submitting the best application you can.

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