strategies you could consider for your scholarship application.
No one is as unique as you
There is a famous quote by Dr. Seuss “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you” which can be great words to live by when it comes to a scholarship application. After all, you need to play to your own strengths and express who you are and why you are the perfect candidate. It can be hard to sell yourself through the written word so ensure you express exactly what you have achieved and even provide examples. Judges on the panel that may review your application will be looking for essays and applications that stand out to them, and there isn’t a better selling point than you, your personality, attributes, and achievements. You could also include a letter of recommendation. This is another way of expressing your strengths while using another person's opinion. It might be worth considering asking a teacher, coach or mentor to write one for you.
Be mindful that a scholarship could change your life
Many scholarship foundations will take on students from all walks of life and backgrounds, so being grounded with how much this could be a big deal for you would be a wise choice. You only have to search on Google to find videos and articles about different programs, and even how much a scholarship has meant to people in the past. Success stories are always inspiring, for example, one foundation, General Sir John Monash Foundation has even launched a video called What does it mean to receive a John Monash Scholarship? Allowing future scholars to be inspired, I’m sure other foundations will have done similar things.
In all your excitement and eagerness to get your application submitted, it can be easy to forget to check over your work and even some of the finer details of your application. Small mistakes like grammatical errors, misspelling of words, could hinder your chances and even disqualify your application. While you may fully aware of how things should be spelt or presented, when typing away it can be easy to miss small details. Another useful idea would be to allow a teacher, friend or family member to read through any essay submissions or your application answers. Sometimes having a different eye over your work could highlight things you have missed. There are also plenty of tools online that you could utilize that will check your work and offer alternative ideas if things needed to be changed.
I hope these strategies help you succeed in a scholarship application to further your study and education.