Four Common Scholarship Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Scholarships are one of the smartest ways to pay for school, and there are hundreds of them out there if you know where to look. But finding a scholarship opportunity is just half the battle. It's your application that will decide whether or not you're doing your scholarship happy dance.
To help you make sure you're submitting a winning application, we've compiled four of the most common scholarship application mistakes below and come up with a couple ways to avoid them.
Don't Miss the Deadline
This seems obvious, but missing deadlines is one of the most common mistakes you can make when applying for scholarships. The experts at EducationQuest suggest building a calendar and setting reminders for yourself so you don’t miss out on scholarship opportunities.
Don't Forget to Proofread
Mispelings our destracting! Don’t forget to double-check and proofread your application before submitting it. Education Quest says that the little details, like spelling and punctuation, can make a big difference. The last thing you want is to be taken out of the running for a silly mistake.
Don't Reuse Essays
With so many scholarship opportunities out there, filling out applications for every one of them can be time-consuming. While many scholarship writing prompts are similar, that doesn’t mean writing a “one-size-fits-all” essay will give you your best shot at receiving the award. USNews.com recommends tailoring each scholarship essay towards your goals and answering the prompt directly.
Don't Stop Applying
Want to know a secret? You can apply for scholarships no matter where you’re at in your college journey. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re a semester away from graduation, there are plenty of scholarships out there for you. Make a habit of checking our scholarship page, and reaching out to community organizations to see what they offer.