Each scholarship program has different application requirements, explains the Department of Education. Most scholarships require an essay as part of the application process. Scholarships may also require copies of student transcripts, writing short stories or attaching resumes to the application form.
Scholarships are offered from an assortment of different sources and entities and are usually advertised through the school website, admissions or counsel departments, the Department of Education explains. Some scholarships require the student to be active in certain groups or are based on degree major, academic achievement or the student or family's income.
Most scholarships have strict application deadlines, and failure to file by the deadline results in the application being disregarded. The applicant should make certain that all of the requested information is provided, and if the applicant is mailing the application, she should budget a few extra days for delivery. It's best to contact the organization to make certain the application was received. This may provide the applicant additional time to correct mistakes or provide any missing information. The application should keep a copy of her application in the event the information was lost or if the applicant is awarded the scholarship, the Department of Education recommends.