Effective Scholarship Searches

  • Actively investigate as many scholarship opportunities as possible
  • Read all application materials thoroughly
  • Don't be discouraged by scholarships for small dollar amounts, every bit helps!
  • Open an email account specifically for scholarships using a professional name.  Avoid names which are cutesy or inappropriate.  Check the account frequently so you don't miss any important messages.
  • Track deadlines
  • Gather application materials - recommendation letters, birth certificate, etc
  • Update your resume with our Resume Tips.
  • Write essays tailored to the scholarship you are applying for. Learn more about Effective Essays.
  • Submit the applications on time
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Say thank you if you receive an award

Additional search tips are available at Finaid.org/scholarships that includes Winning a Scholarship Quick Reference Guide from Fastweb.