About 12% of college students earned a scholarship in 2020-21, statistics show, even though the typical high school student may be eligible to apply for as many as 100.
So, begin researching scholarships to apply for as soon as you can. You have a lot of options to consider, so give yourself time to zero in those that best meet your student’s financial needs and academic goals. Before you begin completing applications, take a look at U.S. News & World Report’s list of mistakes to avoid in the process, then get started.
Rules and requirements differ from one scholarship to the next, so there’s no one-size-fits-all plan for completing an application. Generally, it’s the same as taking a big test:
Read the instructions carefully. They contain eligibility criteria, deadlines, and required materials.
Tailor your application to the scholarship. Research the awarding organization’s values and mission and synch your strengths and aptitudes with them.
Proofread. Typos and errors do not play well with scholarship committees.
Once you’ve submitted your application, consider following up to confirm its receipt and to express your continuing interest in the scholarship.