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Application Forms Tips & Suggestions

When completing a scholarship application form, we suggest the following guidelines:

  1. Be sure to follow the directions and complete all fields of the application.

    Applications are often disqualified because applicants left questions blank.

  2. Review the criteria to ensure that you qualify.

  3. Always have someone review your application before turning it in.

    Ask a friend, parent, professor to review your application.  If you cannot find anyone, contact the Coordinator for University Scholarships for assistance.

  4. Use a computer to complete the application.

    Appearance goes a long way regarding the success of an application.  Oftentimes, handwritten applications are messy and hard to read.  Make the selection process as easy as possible for the selection committee.

  5. If you don’t understand a field or question, ask for clarification.

    Most scholarships list a contact person.  Utilize this contact if you do not understand what the application is asking of you.

  6. Use proper English grammar and spelling including capitalization and punctuation.

    Do not use shorthand or text-messaging language.  Be sure that the first letter is capitalized when necessary and a good amount of spacing is used.

Sample Application Form (PDF, 67 KB)