How Do I Use My Scholarship Express Package

Here we go with the fifth post in our series on the Scholarship Express Package and finally we’ve made it to the important part! You already know that the purpose of your SEP is to help you apply for scholarships quickly and efficiently, but, HOW? Follow these steps to make the application process as fast and…

How Do I Assemble My Scholarship Express Package?

Once you’ve gathered the contents, your Scholarship Express Package will be easy to put together: Start by placing your Scholarship Deadline Sheet in the very front where it is readily accessible and easy to use. Next, create a handy portfolio by sliding a copy of each piece of paperwork inside a clear, protective covering. Display…

What do I need for my Scholarship Express Package?

Good question! You should begin by gathering the items you will need to keep your assembly line running smoothly. Let’s start with the basic materials you will need to either purchase or find around the house. Unless you need to mow your neighbor’s lawn to earn the money to buy these things, this list of…

The Scholarship Express Package

I’m not going to lie to you—scholarship applications are HARD to complete! I still have painful memories of the first one that I ever filled out and sent off. It took me almost a MONTH to collect every bit of information that the scholarship committee wanted me to provide and compile and present it in…

Why an Essay?

A scholarship application does not always require an essay. Sometimes the unique element that distinguishes competitors from one another is something more specific to the sponsor’s purpose. For instance, The Gallery Collection, a company that produces holiday cards, holds an annual “Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest.” To enter, all an applicant is required to do is…

Five MORE Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets

A.K.A. Ten Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets, Part One!   1. Make Multiple “Practice” Copies. Before you begin excitedly scribbling all over your essay application, your first step is to make multiple photocopies of the forms. If you “screw one up,” it MIGHT be a simple matter of printing out a new application from […]

Five Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets

A.K.A. Ten Tips for Submitting Amazing Application Packets, Part One!   1. Make Multiple “Practice” Copies. Before you begin excitedly scribbling all over your essay application, your first step is to make multiple photocopies of the forms. If you “screw one up,” it MIGHT be a simple matter of printing out a new application from…

Test the Dedication of Your Parents

As you explore the scholarships you can prepare yourself to apply for in the future, don’t overlook the opportunities you can glean by getting your parents involved in your planning. As a matter of fact, two of the scholarships that I won were because my parents were members of organizations. My dad was a member…

Who Knows (the Best) You?

I recently wrote a post on who to ask for a letter of recommendation (Don’t Ask Your Dog!), where I stressed that the most important thing to remember is to START EARLY! Just in case you need another reminder to get working on picking your recommenders, here’s some more things to think about: Another important…

Two Free Samples

In my last post, Ready Your Pitch, I promised some examples of how to write a letter requesting a scholarship application from an organization. True to my word, here are two different samples of Application Request Letters. The first version is more formal and the second is more creative. While an application request is not…

Ready your Pitch

You’ve searched for the organizations that have scholarship money to give away, and you’ve singled out the ones that want to give their money to YOU… they just don’t know it yet. How are you going to show these scholarship committees that you are the person who needs, deserves, and will appreciate the funding they…

Your Essay is Your Best Friend

I can already hear you saying, “An essay? Are you serious? Have you forgotten about my straight C-average in English class?” Yes, I have to agree with you. I loved writing in high school, but one of the few exceptions to my hobby was the dreaded scholarship essay…the gut-wrenching, time-consuming, ball- busting scholarship essay. It…