Now that you’ve gotten the basics in one area for your Scholarship Express Packet, it’s time to start assembling it, and then using your SEP to win scholarship dollars for college. Here are the basic steps for assembling your SEP:
1. Place your Scholarship Deadline Sheet in the very front where it’s readily accessible.
2. Create a portfolio by sliding a copy of each piece of paperwork inside a clear, protective covering. Use this to display everything, including your essays and recommendation letters.
3. Insert folders into the back of your binder and fill them with photocopies of all your important documents. This includes unofficial school transcripts, SAT scores and ACT scores which will be used for all of your scholarship applications.
4. Store envelopes and stamps in the back pocket of your binder. Always keep yourself adequately stocked with these essential supplies.
5. Attach a USB drive to your SEP binder. Use this drive as a file folder that will contain digital copies of your typed documents, including spreadsheets, essays and letters of recommendation. It’s also a good idea to scan and save unofficial digital versions of your other documents, like high school transcripts.
And now we’ve finally made it to the most important part: using your newly assembled Scholarship Express Packet! You’re probably wondering how to use your SEP to apply for all those scholarships quickly and efficiently. Follow these easy steps to make the application process as quick and painless as possible:
1. As soon as you get a new scholarship application, immediately open your packet and flip to your Scholarship Deadline Sheet, and get that sucker filled out.
2. Complete the actual application. This will be much easier than before because you won’t have to go searching for the information – it’s all conveniently found in your SEP.
3. Gather any extra pages you are asked to submit along with your application.
4. Pick an essay. You might need to write a fresh one, but chances are that you already have an appropriate composition in your portfolio that’s ready – or just about ready – to put inside that envelope and mail away.
5. Make any adjustments needed to the letters of recommendation you already have on file (only if you already have permission from the recommender to do so). If you need a fresh one, be sure to make it as easy as possible for your recommender by giving them a digital copy of the old letter and telling them precisely what it is you need to be done differently.
6. You should now have all the documents you need and your application should be completed. The final step is to put everything into an addressed and stamped envelope and mail it away. But, not until you’ve made your copies…