Tips and Scams
- Apply for scholarships early. Don't wait until the last minute.
- Pay close attention to deadlines.
- Follow all instructions very carefully. If an application asks for an essay of 500 words, make sure not to exceed this limit.
- Only apply if you meet the scholarship's minimum requirements.
- Make sure to answer all parts of the application.
- Proofread everything. Have someone else proofread everything.
- Follow up with a phone call to make sure your application was received.
- Adhere to deadlines.
- Supplement your application with letters of recommendation if appropriate.
- When asking someone to write a recommendation, make sure to give the person enough to time to write one for you. Two or more weeks is fair.
- Send thank you letters.
- If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
- Scholarship funds can never be "guaranteed."
- If you have to pay to apply for a scholarship, buyer beware.
- Use caution if a small, nominal fee is required in order to obtain a scholarship listing.
- Before giving any organization money or your credit card number, check with the Consumer Protection Agency or your school counselor to make sure the organization is legitimate.
- Beware of free seminars. There is usually a hitch and you may find yourself in an uncomfortable, high pressure sales situation.
- "Millions of dollars go unclaimed!" is not an accurate statement. Most organizations allocate a certain dollar amount to scholarships and distribute their awards according to specific criteria.