So you’ve sent off you scholarship applications, you’ve created and updated your Scholarship Follow-Up File, and you’ve followed up with a (preferably phone) conversation to make sure they’ve received your application (and you’ve made a good impression). Here’s one final following-up suggestion:
A week or two after the deadline for submitting scholarship applications has passed by, you should send the organization a Thank You-card in the mail. Express your appreciation that they are considering you for their generous scholarship, and thank them for the work they are doing to make the world a better place. Anything simple and polite will suffice to remind the committee who you are. Once this task is completed and recorded, all you can do is wait and wonder.
Why is it so important to follow-up on your scholarship applications? You might be thinking that it’s better not to bother the organization and make a nuisance of yourself. Don’t worry about that! As long as you are friendly and courteous, nobody will be upset about your interference. Making contact with the committee not only cements your name into someone’s head, but the act is also a demonstration of your proactive spirit and determination to win their scholarship. They want to award their money to someone who really wants and needs it, so show them how important their competition is to YOU. If you are lucky, you will be a reason to open your le box and dig out that old, half-forgotten scholarship application—because you’ve been invited to interview as a finalist!
Bonus Hint: You should follow-up with job applications just as diligently as you do with your scholarships. In both cases, most people don’t take the time to do this, so your keen interest and sense of responsibility will usually earn you an edge over the competition!