Five Steps to Completing a Successful Internet
Search for Scholarships
Step 1: Commit to following a scholarship
search strategy or click here.
Step 2: Build a tool kit before you start
- Prepare a one-page detailed, personal statement about
- Prepare a follow-up letter.
- Prepare thank you cards and personalize them.
- Prepare a cover letter and resume.
- Prepare a scholarship tracking worksheet in Excel. You must
have Excel loaded on your computer to use this worksheet.
- Pick one scholarship website from the list in the Financial Aid Handbook.
- Open a free email account at http://www.hotmail.com/
Step 3: Access the website and
complete the registration process.
Answer every question truthfully to
maximize your scholarship opportunities.
Use the free hotmail
account email address where you want to receive your search
Apply only for scholarships that have
restrictions. If they are restricted then you maximize
your opportunity to receive one. It really is a matter of
Apply! Apply! Apply!. Let's say 100 people
apply for a scholarship that has no or few restrictions.
Your chances of getting that scholarship are 100:1 or 1
percent. Let's say 40 people apply for a more restricted
scholarship. Your chances of getting a more restricted
scholarship are 40:1 or 2.5 percent. What types of scholarships are
you going to apply for in this scenario? Avoid scholarships that
most people may qualify for because your chances of getting a
scholarship are reduced significantly.
Step 4: Record every scholarship
application in the
Scholarship Tracking Sheet (Requires MS Excel).
Record every piece of information in your
Scholarship Tracking Sheet.
Complete all of the follow up steps
exactly. Do not forget any step in this process.
Apply for as many scholarships as
possible however 100 different scholarships with
restrictions should yield at least one to four positive
Step 5: Complete every step in the tracking
Complete each and every step in the tracking
process according to the dates you recorded in your tracking sheet.
Remember - "the early bird gets the worm".
Do not get discouraged if you get a rejection
letter - get even. Persistence Pays! You never know when an
organization will get new or additional funding and have to give it
Keep your name and personal story
in front of the selection committee and you will have a
better chance of getting noticed and getting a scholarship in the