Application requirements for scholarships are dependent upon the stipulations stated by the scholarship; however, most scholarships are applied for with an essay. Scholarships can also be applied for in other ways, such as using resumes, submitting copies of transcripts or writing short stories.
Scholarships are offered from a variety of sources and are generally advertised through school counsel departments or websites. Each scholarship advertisement should list its qualification requirements and provide specific instructions on how to apply. Some scholarships require memberships in certain groups or are offered based on income, degree major or academic achievement. Most scholarships operate on hard deadlines, and failure to apply by these dates most likely results in an application being disregarded. An applicant must make sure that all of the requested information is provided clearly and completely. If she has to mail or email an application, it is best to budget a few days for delivery and to contact the organization to ensure that the application has been received. This allows the applicant additional time to correct any mistakes or missing information. It is also important that the applicant keeps a copy of her application in the event of an award or loss of information.