When you are filling out any scholarship applications, you should care deeply about it. This means making no errors, reading every question carefully, responding with concise precision and validity. If you do not, you are missing out on significant help with tuition and other college expenses. This would be a major dent in your future. At least do what is right and avoid what would reduce chances of acceptance.
What to Do
Maintain good grammar and spelling. Be sure that you double check everything. After double checking everything, check it again and so on. Know that spelling errors are going to be the biggest mistake you could make aside from completely leaving a question blank. What you put down on the application, along with your records, is the face the committee is being introduced to.
Be On Time With Deadlines
No matter what, and no matter how many scholarships you are applying for, do not miss the deadlines. You could have the best qualifications, but if you miss deadlines, you may as well not apply at all. Even if you are still able to get it in with excuses or such, the mark of lateness would still be very clear. Ideally, be early.
Don’t Miss Details
Be sure to read all questions very carefully. If you need to make notes, do so, but be sure to answer every part of each question in as much detail as necessary, well within the word limit allowed. This takes a bit of cunning, but is something you must do.
Have someone or more than one person read through your application before you turn it in. Sometimes a second or third set of eyes is good so they can see if you have caught every detail. In the end, your application should be clear and detailed.
Make Essays Interesting
When it comes to essay questions on scholarship applications, you better do well. Please let this intimidate you a bit. What was one of the most important and stressed teachings in High School English classes? Essays! You have your title, which is the topic, an introduction, a beginning, a middle, an end, and a conclusion.
You will be given a specific word count. Do not go over it and do not go too far under it. Ten or fifteen words short or less is a good target. Be sure the content is interesting and avoid being dull, writing without flair.
Sell Yourself Well
The very last thing you want to avoid is humility. Sure, it is reasonable to be polite and balanced about how you present yourself, but take a little pride in your accomplishments and special capabilities. For example, you could just leave your application basic with only what is required or… you could also get creative like building a website about your education ambitions and providing a link on the application.
You should sell the good points about your abilities and accomplishments rather than keeping it quiet.