The goal of your general application is to reflect you as a person today. Make sure your current employment is listed in your employment history and list current volunteer, work and academic activities. Donors are interested in what you are currently doing to further your education and grow professionally.
The most powerful way to show commitment to a cause or responsibility is to quantify the hours, months, days or years that you have committed your time to better the cause or uphold the responsibility. Use time or number references to quantify activities.
Donors often consider themselves investors in a student’s future and love to reward students who show initiative. Whether it’s starting your own business, creating a new campus club, developing new ways to approach old topics, or organizing events, donors like to see students who are thinking and acting outside of the box.
An error-free application demonstrates that you put substantial time and energy into your submission. Ask friends or family members to help you proofread and spell check.
Here are some on-campus resources to help you write your application: