Tips for Submitting Scholarship Applications

  1. Scholarship applications and college registrations traditionally require SAT and/or ACT scores. Testing prior to the senior year will not only make available the test scores needed, but also provide the student time to retake the tests to improve the score.

  2. All deadlines must be honored or risk disqualification. Mail the application well in advance of the deadline.

  3. Send all required forms and documents in the same package or risk disqualification due to incomplete submissions.

  4. Highlighting areas of required information on the transcript reduces processing errors. Suggested areas are: test scores, cumulative GPA, class ranking, etc.

  5. Provide all requested information in the form required. For example: G.P.A. in a 4-point unweighted grade scale. Relying on others to translate the information may result in unequal representation.

  6. Basic musts for students: [1] Write clearly; [2] Complete all required information; [3] Complete sections intended for you (i.e., counselor sections should not be completed by the applicant); [4] Secure all required signatures; and [5] Read instructions carefully (especially those with conditions of disqualification).

  7. A copy of the parent's/guardian's tax return submitted as proof of financial need shows the adjusted gross income, the number of dependents living under the umbrella of that income, the applicant's income as provided for at least of the calendar year. The first page of the Federal 1040 tax return provides that information. Submit only what is requested and always submit copies. Some electronic-filing (or e-file) formats have pages that provide that information. W-2 forms do not reflect the needed information and will not be accepted in the place of tax returns.

  8. Applicants should apply for a scholarship where qualifications are met. Applying randomly is a waste of time and money on the part of the student, the donor/administrative organizations, parents, and the counselors/school staff.

  9. Foster care applicants may be required to submit verification of placement from the Department of Human Services. For proof of financial support the applicant must provide tax information from the foster parent (see tax return information under item #7) or a statement of intent not to provide financial assistance.

  10. Providing a "Counselor Website" with up-to-date scholarship information containing general descriptions and deadlines is a great way to communicate student information and requirements.

  11. Counselors should address questions specifically when given the opportunity for a written response. The question is designed to obtain information used in judging. Additional information is not used to determine the applicant's status.


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