How to write a college scholarship application & resume

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How to write a college scholarship application & resume
Take time to write a strong scholarship application. (writing image by Horticulture from

Students applying for college or graduate school scholarships need to submit both an application and resume. While the application requirements will vary depending on the organisation funding the scholarship, students can expect to include general personal and academic information. Resumes display a student's academic background, work experience, honours and awards and extra-curricular activities. A well-crafted scholarship application and resume will increase a student's chances of receiving the scholarship.

Skill level:


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    Collect your most recent biographical information. Provide your full name, current address, phone number and e-mail address so that the scholarship committee can contact you. Some scholarship applications may require your date of birth and Social Security number as well.

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    Compose your academic history. Scholarship committees want to see your academic background in full detail, including the names of the schools that you have attended and the degrees earned. Include the school's full name and address as well as your years of attendance.

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    Find references. Scholarship committees want to hear from past professors or employers about your academic performance, work ethic and ability to succeed. Contact your references before listing them on your application--you should give them warning so that they aren't caught off guard if the scholarship committee contacts them.

  4. 4

    Write your personal statement. Many scholarship applications require a statement that explains your academic and career goals with the scholarship in mind. For example, if the scholarship is for new college graduates, explain how your family's academic history has pushed you to succeed and earn an advanced degree. Focus on how you will take advantage of the scholarship opportunity and use it to advance your education.

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    List your educational achievements. Include the school names, dates of attendance and degree earned. Include information such as your GPA and class rank, which illustrate your academic success.

  2. 2

    Include any work experience. Although some students do not have much (or any) work experience, even part-time or summer jobs qualify. Focus on tasks that relate to the scholarship for which you're applying. For example, if you're applying for a journalism scholarship, note how your internship at the local television station allowed you to develop investigative reporting or headline-writing skills.

  3. 3

    List every honour or award. If you were on the honour roll, include that information. A successful resume shows the scholarship committee that it is investing in a student who takes her academics seriously.

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    Include relevant extra-curricular information. Community service participation and leadership roles in campus organisations are impressive extra-curricular activities. Scholarship committees will be inclined to reward a student who has contributed to his community or school organisation.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the requirements for the scholarship you're interested in. Every scholarship committee has different requirements, so make sure you submit all the necessary materials with your application.

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