How to Win Scholarships: Tips and Tricks from Successful Applicants

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Thanks to scholarships, many students can afford to go to college. In fact, the most successful scholarship applicants are strategic in their approach—they understand that there’s no single way to win over judges’ hearts (or minds). There are many factors involved in winning scholarships: your GPA, test scores, extracurricular activities or volunteer work; but there are also other aspects of your application that might not be immediately apparent on paper.

Create a realistic timeline.

  • Create a realistic timeline. Start early and be organized. Set aside time to work on your application–a few hours per week is usually enough, depending on how much you have to do and how long it takes you to complete an application.
  • Stick to your schedule! If you don’t meet this goal, you’ll end up putting off all of your scholarship applications until the last minute, which means that there will be no chance for them whatsoever.

Find your niche.

Find your niche.

It’s a good idea to start with something you are interested in and/or good at. You can always branch out later on if it turns out that you like learning about other things, but starting with what interests you will help keep your motivation up when the going gets tough. If there is an opportunity for collaboration or teamwork, consider finding someone who shares similar interests as well as strengths–this can make the process more fun and increase chances of success!

Research, Research, Research!

The first thing you should do when applying for scholarships is to research the organization. You want to know their mission, goals and values, as well as how they conduct themselves. This will help you understand what they are looking for in applicants and how your own background aligns with their ideals.

When researching an organization, look at their website and social media pages (if they have them). You can also call or email them directly if there are any questions that aren’t answered online that pertain specifically to your situation or financial neediness–this will show initiative on your part!

Be creative and original when you apply for scholarships.

The best scholarship applications stand out from the pack. If you want to get noticed, you need to be creative and original in your approach.

  • Show off your personality with an essay that reflects who you are as a person, not just academically but also socially and professionally.
  • Focus on one specific topic or field of study rather than branching out into many different areas of interest or study–this helps the selection committee understand what kind of student they’re dealing with when they read through all those essays!

Scholarships are a wonderful way to help pay for school, but it’s important to prepare before starting the process.

The first step to winning scholarships is being prepared. Before you begin the application process, make a timeline and set goals for yourself. You should also think about what type of scholarships you would like to apply for and find your niche.


The scholarship process can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way towards winning scholarships that will help you pay for school!

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