Top 5 tips for applying for a scholarship

November 10, 2017
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Emily Kathen, student, University of Ottawa: 

Applying for scholarships can be so stressful and overwhelming. So, Universities Canada talked to successful scholarship recipients from across the country for their keys to success. Here are their top five tips for getting that scholarship.

Tip one: Get organized. This is not a time when you want to be pulling an all-nighter. So determine which documents you need early, and make a schedule with all key dates and deadlines so you don’t feel stressed or overwhelmed. Also, plan to submit your application a few days before it’s due. That way, in case you run into any type of problems, you’ll have lots of time to fix them.

Tip two: One size does not fit all. Carefully read the scholarship criteria and tailor each application accordingly. Don’t just copy and paste from one to another. Each of your applications should be genuine and respond to the specific scholarship requirements.

Tip three: Pick references who know you and your work. It’s important that your references understand the scholarship criteria and can clearly see why you are a good candidate. So consider giving them a few bullet points with extra information to help them develop their letters. Also, no last-minute requests. Make sure that you give your references lots of time to develop thoughtful recommendations.

Tip four: Proofread and repeat. The first draft of your scholarship application should never be your final draft. Errors are really distracting, and they reflect badly on your credibility. So, find your local grammar geek and ask him or her to proofread your application before you submit it.

Tip five: Be unique, be you. Some scholarships receive hundreds and even thousands of applications, but luckily there’s only one you. So what makes you unique? Consider which of your achievements will set you apart from the others and leave a lasting impression. Go on, brag a little. It’s your moment to shine.

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Applying for scholarships can be stressful, overwhelming and time consuming. University of Ottawa student Emily Kathen talked to successful scholars from across Canada and shares their top tips for successfully applying for university scholarships.

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