When you are filling out a scholarship application form, you will not only want to answer the questions asked, but also to stand out from the other applicants. The latter is often hard to do, since you do not know who else is applying and may not know exactly what the scholarship committee is looking for. Adopting our tips, which are described below, can help you to improve your chances of being awarded a scholarship.
Many scholarship applicants hurt their chances of obtaining a scholarship by failing to answer the questions being asked of them. All applications require you to fill out standard information, such as your name and address. You should make sure that you have not left any of these questions blank. There will also be more open ended questions on a scholarship application form, which you should fill out carefully. You should make sure that what you have said in response directly answers the question that is being asked. Scholarship committees will most likely disqualify you if you have not answered all of their questions.
If there is a question on the application form that confuses you, you should contact your college guidance counselor or the scholarship committee for clarification. Asking questions and being informed is the best way to make sure that you are filling out an application form correctly. This can also prevent you from being disqualified later because you incorrectly followed instructions.
In filling out the application form, it is very important that you know yourself. You should obviously know basic information, such as where you went to school and what extracurricular activities you participated in. You should also know which groups you are a member of. Are you of a minority race? Are you of a particular religion? Many scholarships are geared toward particular groups of people and you will want to be sure that you meet eligibility requirements. You will also want a full understanding of yourself so that you can answer more open ended questions with depth. To do this, you should have a good idea of not only your interests, but also your goals in life.
You should also carefully proofread your application form. You do not want to send in an application with typos or punctuation errors. Such mistakes may cause the scholarship committee to question your attention to detail. This can in turn hurt your chances of being awarded a scholarship. You should additionally try to fill out a scholarship application form online or using a typewriter. These application forms often have a neater appearance and can be easier for others to read. If you chose to fill the form out by hand, you should make sure that your handwriting is legible. Given the number of scholarship applicants, the committee is not going to take time to decode messy handwriting. If they cannot read what you write, they may quickly discard your application.