What information is required to apply for a Scholarship and why?
Each scholarship is different from who applied to the amount awarded. The information required to apply for the scholarship also varies. While some applications may be similar, other granting organizations may request different information or materials from applicants. Here are some details about what you will need to provide in your scholarship application and why they are looking for this information.
Information required for scholarship applications?
Scholarships sometimes only ask for basic information. But others may request more comprehensive submissions – eg including the requested topics. Here are some of the things you may need to submit with your scholarship application.
Each scholarship will require at least your basic information. This includes your name, address, phone number, email, date of birth, high school or college details, and other identifying information.
Scholarships requiring specific criteria will request eligibility information including:
You must be a citizen of the United States.
You need to live in a certain area. Prizes may vary by region. For example, it may be offered only to students who live or attend college in a particular state or territory.
You must be of a certain age or degree. Some scholarships are only offered to high school students, certain degrees, college students, or students within a certain age group.
And of course, if you win, the scholarship requires contact information to let you know!
In some cases, scholarship applications may request financial details from you and/or your parents. Some grants will also use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to get this information, so if you think you don’t qualify for a government grant, fill it out anyway!
Many scholarships require you to submit an essay with your application. Essay standards vary greatly from award to award, so be sure to read the rules before you start writing! In some cases, the article may give you a specific idea, such as “What are your plans if you win this award?” or “Why do you deserve to win?”
Others may be more open or allow you to write about whatever you want. Always be thoughtful, keep track of your keyword count, and have someone correct your work.
Essays may be required for a merit-based scholarship intended for students who demonstrate commitment and dedication to the award.
Merit scholarships always require your transcripts (high school and/or college, depending on your current education) because they are looking for students with a certain GPA. There will also be some awards that require you to maintain that GPA for a set number of semesters or years, especially if the award is repeated year after year.
There is also a lot of other information about scholarships. For example, there are prizes based on your natural hair color – the organization may ask for proof (a small photo of you) that this is your natural hair color. Others may be first-generation immigrants and may ask for background details.
It is always important to understand the information required for scholarship applications before starting. This will help you make sure you meet all the criteria before submitting your application and don’t take yourself out of the race!