Scholarship Advice

  • Scholarships are the most publicized and talked about form of financial aid. When looking for a scholarship, students and parents need to keep the following in mind: 

  • Application Tips

    1. Apply only if you are eligible 

    2. Complete the application in full

    3. Follow directions

    4. Neatness counts

    5. Make sure your essay makes an impression

    6. Watch out for deadlines

    7. Make copies before sending

    8. Give it a final "once-over"

    9. Ask for help if you need it

    10. Remember- Your scholarship application represents you!

  • Cautions

    The simplest and most basic  scholarships are provided by the colleges themselves. If you are applying for a scholarship from a particular school, you must first apply for admission to that school. Usually, the smaller the school, the less competeition ther is for scholarship money. 

    A one-year scholarship is only for one year; a renewable scholarship can become up to a four-year scholarship.

    When students and parents hear the words “financial aid", they usually think scholarships.  It is important to remember that most financial aid is not awarded in the form of scholarships, but loans and grants.

    When students and parents hear the words “financial aid", they usually think scholarships.  It is important to remember that most financial aid is not awarded in the form of scholarships, but loans and grants.

    Smaller, local scholarships are often much easier to get than those sponsored by large organizations or businesses. Coca-Cola, for example, receives almost 10,000 applications for their 250 scholarships. A local Rotary Club may receive less than 10 application for their scholarship.

    Beware of scholarship scams. You don’t have to pay anyone to search for scholarships for you. There are plenty of free search sites on the internet.

  • Master Application 

    A scholarship master application gathers into one place the information required to fill in scholarship applications. This allows you to copy and paste information into the many scholarship applications you will complete. You may also use your master application to fill in applications for employment throughout your life.

    A master application divides your information into three parts:

    • Specific details about you

    • Lists of awards, recognitions, classes, grades, performances (athletic, creative, or other), and more

    • Themes that describe your personality, accomplishments, and character

    You may prepare your master application using Google Documents or another online word processor. You could also upload the documents to your UtahFutures account. Thus, you may access your master application anywhere you use the Internet. You will add answers to your master application as you encounter questions not included in this article.

    Review your master application carefully and ask at least three other people to review and edit it for accuracy. This process will take time at first, but you will save time as you complete scores of additional applications.