- Set up a separate email account to list on applications and to use in profiles you build on scholarship search websites. You don’t want them to spam your normal inbox.
- Never provide your Social Security Number unless you are applying for a federal or state government based scholarship. When in doubt, ask a financial aid professional.
- Do not pay money to complete a scholarship application.
- Set reasonable goals and stick to them. Instead of trying to apply for 20 scholarships you have a small chance of receiving, apply for five that you have a better chance at and put all your energy into them.
- Make sure you meet all of the eligibility criteria before you submit an application.
- Complete the application fully. Don't leave any item blank.
- Write a creative and concise essay. Be as personal and specific as possible.
- Keep track of deadlines and don't wait until the last minute.
- Proofread the entire application before submitting it.
- If an organization is promising something that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
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