Tips to Submitting a Winning Scholarship Application
TIP #1 Apply only if you are eligible.
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.