If your answer to an essay question is abstract, support it with a concrete example that illustrates your point. The sponsor wants to see evidence that you satisfy their criteria, not just unsupported statements.
2. APPLY ONLY IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE
Read all eligibility requirements and directions carefully. Your application will not be considered if you aren't qualified to apply.
3. IDENTIFY THE SPONSOR'S GOALS
Try to understand the sponsor's motivation in offering the award. Are they promoting interest in their field? Do they want to identify future researchers and business leaders? Identifying their goals can direct your application toward satisfying those goals, increasing your chances of winning the award.
4. COMPLETE THE APPLICATION IN FULL AND FOLLOW DIRECTIONS
You can give yourself a competitive advantage by following the directions carefully. Provide everything required, but don't supply things not requested. Complete the entire application. If a question doesn't apply, note that on the application rather than leaving it blank.
5. NEATNESS COUNTS
Make several photocopies of all the application forms to use as working drafts as you develop your application packet. It is always best to type the application. If you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Proofread the entire application carefully. Nothing is less impressive than an application with misspelled words or grammar errors. Ask a friend, teacher or parent to proofread it as well.
6. WRITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENTS RESUME
Compile a list of all your accomplishments. This will help you identify your strengths and prepare a better application. Give a copy of the resume to the people writing letters of recommendation for you. It will help them know you better.
7. WATCH ALL DEADLINES
Impose a deadline for yourself that's at least two weeks before the application deadline. Use this time to proofread your application. You are responsible for making sure the application arrives on time. This includes supporting materials, such as letters of recommendation and transcripts. Give contributors to your application ample lead-time.
8. MAKE SURE YOUR APPLICATION GETS WHERE IT NEEDS TO GO
Before sending, make a copy of the entire application packet for your file. Make sure your name appears on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless the pages are clearly identified.
9. ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT
If you have problems with the application, call the sponsor. They will be glad to help. But don't expect them to do the work for you. Completing the application is your job.
10. YOUR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION REPRESENTS YOU
Your ability to submit a neat, timely, complete application reflects on you. It's the face you present to the sponsoring organization. Take pride in yourself by submitting the best application you can.