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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 12:00 am

Listed below are some tips to help you be more successful when applying for scholarships.

I encourage you to look through your school’s Scholarship Newsletter and take the time to apply. If you spend even 10 hours completing applications and win $500, that is an hourly wage of $50. If you win nothing, you still gain experience in putting together an application. Those skills will help you in the future, as you can continue to apply for scholarships throughout college.

1) Be sure your application is a reflection of your best work. Turning in handwritten essays, applications with words scribbled out or messy writing — those things do not help you win money. You are competing with other students and asking a committee to choose you — give it your best shot.

2) Pay attention to deadlines! A “due by” date does not mean that is the date you should begin working on your application. Get a calendar and write down deadlines so you can be prepared.

3) Follow the instructions included with each application. For some scholarships, missing even a signature and date can mean disqualification. Take the time to read the instructions carefully.

4) If you have an acceptance letter from the college you are likely to attend, include a copy. It’s great news to be accepted to college, so share the joy!

5) Be sure and include details, if applicable, about your need for assistance in paying for college. If you are notified you have won a scholarship, please let your scholarship coordinator know, so that information can be included in your Senior Awards Night program. Good luck!

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