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Tips for Completing your Scholarship Application and Essay

  • Helpful TipsOrganize your surroundings and your time. Make sure you have collected the necessary documents before you begin your application process. Try to keep your documents organized and schedule a time to work on the application when you will not be distracted by outside surroundings or commitments. This will help to avoid mistakes and provide better clarity for writing your essay.
  • Stay on topic. Make sure you focus on communicating your experiences that are only relevant to the scholarship criteria. If one of the scholarship requirements is music, focus on addressing your experience with music – not backpacking, for instance, or other irrelevant activities.
  • Use descriptive examples in your essay. A writer’s mantra is “show, don’t tell”. Remember this as you are writing your essay. Describe your experiences and how they have impacted you and/or your community. “I worked with Habitat Humanity” says much less than “I worked with a team to build a home that now provides shelter for a family of five. I realized that I can help others and help create a better community.” Scholarship reviewers want to get a sense of who you are, where you come from, and the goals you are planning to achieve.
  • Proofread your application. Take the time to proofread your application materials – did you miss any important notes? Did you spellcheck? Do you have all of the documents the application requires? Taking the time to review your materials can make or break your chances of receiving the award. Even better: ask someone else to proof your application, too.

More Scholarships for Students from North Central Washington — Complete your student profile and be matched with many scholarship opportunities in Washington State and nationwide

College Success Foundation — Multiple scholarships for students from across Washington State

Confluence Health Foundation — Multiple scholarships for students in our region in health-related fields

Greater Seattle Business Association — Scholarships for LGBTQ and straight-ally students in Washington State who are committed to making a difference in the world

Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund — Scholarships for low-income adult women seeking their first degree

Nora Stone Smith Scholarship — Provides financial support to deserving high school seniors in Washington State who have participated in an ESL/ELL program at some point in their lives

Passport to College Promise Scholarship — Scholarships for Washington State students from foster care

Pride Foundation — Scholarships for LGBTQ and allied students in the Northwest

Sea Mar Foundation — Farmworker scholarships and LEAP Rise Above scholarships for students who demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance; are go-getters; and have shown or have the strong potential to be contributors to their community

TheDream.US National Scholarship — Scholarships for DREAMers with significant, unmet financial need

Washington Apple Education Foundation — Scholarships for students who are children of growers, farmworkers, warehouse employees, or are otherwise connected to Washington State’s apple, cherry, and pear crops

Washington Hospitality Association Education Foundation — Scholarships to assist students entering or in the hospitality industry, with preference given to Washington State students

Washington State Fair Foundation — Multiple scholarships for students from across Washington State

Washington State Opportunity Scholarships — Scholarships for low- and middle-income Washington State students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care

Washington Women in Need — Scholarships for low-income women living and studying in Washington State

Wenatchee Valley College Foundation Scholarships — Scholarships available for study at Wenatchee Valley College

Online Resources

Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — Learn about and apply for financial aid

FAFSA4caster — A tool for estimating your eligibility for Federal student aid

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WAFSA) — Learn about and apply for financial aid for Washington State DREAMers

Fastweb — Search for scholarships based on a student’s profile, one of the best known scholarship search engines

FinAid — An introduction to college funding, information on scholarships, and tips on filling out forms

International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search — A comprehensive list of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information for students wishing to study abroad

NCES College Navigator — Search for data on colleges in the United States, including tuition, admission and graduation rates, and campus life information — Search for scholarships by creating a personal profile

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