For many high school seniors, by the time you have completed your college
applications and turned your attention to scholarships, it’s too late for some
awards. Whether you delay because of procrastination or because you are
preoccupied with college applications, if you snooze, you lose. To make sure you
don’t miss out on scholarships, we recommend the following:
The number one reason most high school seniors miss scholarship deadlines is
because they do not start their scholarship search soon enough. Even if you are
not certain what college or university you plan to apply to, start identifying
scholarships you can apply for as soon as possible. It is easy to create a
'shortlist' on this website - and remember to include the 'non-specific' awards
too which do not specify a particular area of study.
If you start off organized, you are less likely to miss an application
deadline or forget to ask for a letter of recommendation. Create a spreadsheet
of the awards you want to apply for, along with their deadlines.
Make scholarship applications a part of your normal homework routine. Work on
them a little every day. This will prevent you from being overwhelmed and ensure
that you don’t turn in hastily completed, last-minute applications. Contact your
school or college to provide authenticated copies of your grades, and the
Government Department of Immigration for a letter stating proof of citizenship
if the scholarship requires it. You usually have to pay a fee for these.
Your best scholarship research sources include: this website, local
newspapers, career fairs and your school guidance counselor.
You can also use these links to find out what scholarships are offered to
international students who want to study in the US, Canada and Britain.
For the US:
You can often save yourself some time by editing your college admission
essays appropriately and reusing them for your scholarship essays.
If you have all your required documents uploaded and are not waiting for any
transcripts or reference letters, you can go ahead and hit the 'Submit
Application' button before the scholarship deadline. If the deadline arrives and
your on-line application is not complete, you can submit it but either add a
file explaining what is missing and why, or contact the award provider to
Remember that even if you miss some deadlines or don’t receive any awards
this year you can reapply next year and for many scholarships you can reapply
all the way through college.