Monday, October 24th, 2011

Expert Tells You How to Fill Out A Winning Scholarship Application

Scholarships

Instead of describing an experience in an essay, paint a more compelling picture by talking about your feelings and motives.

Everyone likes free money. This week marks the unofficial start of scholarship application time in Canada, and we’re here to boost your application to the top of the pile.

The first step is to know what’s out there.

“First, many students do not realize that now – the first term of the school year – is the time to apply for many leading scholarships, and second, many have the misconception that they are not eligible for scholarship awards,” said Dr. Jane Thompson, Executive Director of, the TD Scholarship for Community Leadership.

You also need to be organized. Katie Zeppieri, won thousands of dollars through the TD Scholarship in 2007, and advises treating scholarships like an assignment.

“Check the deadlines for each scholarship for which you will apply, and build them into your calendar along with school work, projects and homework,” said Zeppieri.

“Then work ahead towards the deadline to avoid a last minute rush, the risk of submitting a less than stellar application, and the embarrassment of hurrying references.”

Of course the essay is always important too. The judges are looking for something inspiring, so inspire them. Instead of describing an experience in an essay, paint a more compelling picture by talking about your feelings and motives.

“Avoid simply detailing the activities in which you participated. Make sure you bring your story to life by describing your motivations, goals and the learning experience,” said Dr. Thompson.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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