Essays can play a major role in earning scholarships. In an essay, you show your interests , your hopes for the future and your leadership qualities. Watch your spelling, grammar and neatness - the judges pay close attention to those factors, too.
Encourage your references to write specific examples of your leadership abilities and skills. Give them advance notice and a specific deadline.
Make sure your application packet is complete. Many applications are immediately disqualified because something was left out.
Scholarship applications ask for a complete list of your activities. Use your resume to compile and update your activities, awards, honors classes, and volunteer or paid jobs.
Financial need may be considered when scholarships are awarded. Many donors have you submit a College Funding Estimator results from the EducationQuest website (www.educationquest.org
) to indicate your financial need.