Creating a master scholarship application file makes applying for multiple scholarships with multiple deadlines not only possible but more successful and less stressful.
After all: you get 0% of the scholarships you don't apply for.
Here are the key elements of a master scholarship application file: personal information, a transcript, letters of recommendation, and sample scholarship essays.
If you pull your personal information together, it makes it easier to fill out not only multiple scholarship applications, but also college and job applications.
You can also use this information to write your resume and, later, as talking points during job interviews.
(Why not collect it into one spot now? It's the same information, right?)
The Coca-Cola scholarship application provides a great way to catalog everything that you've done
during your high school years.
You can download a sample application HERE.
(The PHS CEEB code is 130-515.)
WHAT'S A TRANSCRIPT?
A transcript is a record of your academic work at a school.
If you've taken classes at a school, you've created a transcript at that school.
This record includes what classes you've taken, what grades you've earned for those classes,
and how many credits you've accumulated towards graduation from that school.
PHS TRANSCRIPT DETAILS
If you're at Preston High, it'll also show your highest ACT and/or SAT score,
your class ranking (until you graduate),
and any dual credit (college/high school) classes you've taken.
[On a PHS transcript, this is listed as "DC" in the class title.]
Kindly ask the PHS office staff for copies of your unofficial transcript.
Please give them at least 2 days' advance notice.
Scan one of them to create a digital copy.
When scholarship applications ask for a transcript, you'll be ready.
LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
WHY DO YOU NEED A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION?
A letter of recommendation can help to strengthen your scholarship application.
When written by someone who can speak well of your character and of your abilities,
a letter of recommendation provides added depth to your application materials.
WHOM SHOULD YOU ASK?
Think of adults with whom you've worked; those who've seen you set goals and then accomplish them.
This could be the head of a community organization where you've volunteered;
this could be a current or former supervisor at work;
this could be a church youth leader or head of your congregation;
this could be a teacher, coach, or principal at school.
The best letters of recommendation come from those who know you well,
can speak highly of you, and can write a compelling letter.
If writing isn't someone's strong suit, ask instead if you can use them as a reference.
Aim for 3 letters of recommendation before you leave high school.
HELP THE WRITER HELP YOU!
Give them at least a 2-week window of time, & supply them with
a list of your achievements and experiences that they can then use as talking points in the letter.
Please be sure to thank them for their kindness!
Scan each letter of recommendation to digitize it.
...And then read them when you're having a rough day. : )
SAMPLE SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS
ABOUT SCHOLARSHIP ESSAYS
Many scholarship applications ask candidates to write essays.
These essays allow scholarship award committees the chance to learn more
about a candidate's strengths, perspective, and motivation.
The good news is that many of these essays arise from a few basic prompts.
By crafting a well-written essay for each of these prompts, you can then quickly tweak an essay
to meet the specific requirements of any given scholarship essay prompt.
Do pay close attention to word count for each scholarship application.
Never turn in a hand-written essay.
And put your best foot forward: ensure that your essay is mistake-free!
SOME COMMON SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY PROMPTS:
- What traits do you have that will enhance your education and future employment?
- Why do you need this scholarship?
- Why does education matter to your community?
- Describe something you have done in the past year that has made a difference in your community.
- How will your study of __________ impact your future goals?
- What would you like to do to change the world for the better?
- Do you consider yourself to be a leader? Why or why not?
Essay prompts taken from the LDS Jobs.org website.
- Write about someone who has influenced your life. How has this person influenced you?
- What is a challenge you've faced in your life, and what did you learn from it?