Writing Your Application
The basics: Your application must meet the deadline, adhere to content guidelines, and conform to font and page limits.
The content: All nationally competitive scholarships ask a series of questions about your academic career and awards; your work, research or internship experiences; and your leadership. The application may ask for short answer or short essay responses. Whatever the format or the question, be sure to include the most important aspects of your career clearly and concisely. You must proofread every portion of your application before submitting it.
The essays: You will be required to write one or more essays for your application. We’ve provided a separate resource section for essay writing. Be prepared to rewrite and revise your essays a dozen–or more–times!
Letters of recommendation: You will need at least two, and up to eight, letters of recommendation. Go the section on “Asking for Letters of Recommendation” for more information.
Transcripts: Be prepared to provide official transcripts from each and every institution your attended during your college career. Be sure to request official transcripts as soon as you decide to apply!