Applying for Grants and Scholarships
Step 1: Create a resume of your accomplishments
Your resume should highlight your grades and academic achievements, community service activities, leadership roles and any special talents. Have a parent interview you every year to ensure your achievements are accounted for in your resume and on your applications.
Step 2: Gather letters of recommendation from teachers and employers
You may not be the only person asking for a recommendation, so provide as much notice as possible to the people you are asking. You may also want to provide a copy of your resume for reference as they write your recommendation.
Step 3: Write an essay that can be easily tailored
Creating a standard essay that outlines your achievements and interests will give you a head start when filling out multiple applications. Remember that there are other applicants competing for the same grants and scholarships. Your essay should clearly communicate who you are and highlight what distinguishes you from other applicants.
As you start to apply, remember to pay close attention to the application instructions since they can be different. You don't want to miss out on a grant or scholarship because you didn't complete all of the application steps. Many schools automatically consider you for grants and scholarships when you apply for admission. For those not offered by your school, you can visit:
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You can also visit:
- StudentAid.gov is a source to find and apply for federal grants.
- Fastweb.com sends you personalized options for grants and scholarships.
- StudentScholarshipSearch.com is a free database containing hundreds of scholarships.
- Scholarships.com lets you customize your search results based on your profile.