Scholarship tips


Scholarships

Providing America’s students with the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

 

TIPS ON APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

When filling out a scholarship application, your goal should be to present yourself in the best way possible. Applying for a scholarship is much like applying for employment. You need to: 1) be accurate, 2) be descriptive, 3) impress your audience, and 4) be neat and organized in your written presentations. To do this, please use the following tips:

1. READ THE DIRECTIONS completely and carefully, before you begin filling out the forms. To ensure your eligibility, it is important that you CAREFULLY read the criteria of each scholarship for which you would like to apply. Students who submit their applications late or without all of the required information will seriously jeopardize their chances of receiving an award.

2, TYPE or NEATLY PRINT IN BLACK INK all information. Do not use pencil or blue ink.

3. GIVE YOURSELF AMPLE TIME TO DO YOUR BEST WORK. Your best effort takes time. The better you present yourself, the better your chances are of receiving a scholarship. Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and manner of expression. Organize your information in a readable format. Take every measure to make your application neat and organized, as copies of your application will be given to several scholarship committees in the process of selecting their scholarship recipients.

4. WHEN REQUESTING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION, give the person writing the recommendation/reference AT LEAST 2 WEEKS to complete your letter. Make sure the person who recommended you has a copy of your résumé to refer to when writing your letter.

5. USE THE CHECK-OFF LIST in assembling your total application. BE SURE YOU HAVE INCLUDED THE REQUIRED ESSAY in addition to the basic application.

COMPLETION CHECKLIST

After completing your application, clip it together in the following order:

A. Application form

B. resume covering activities

C. Financial statement. Optional, but necessary if application is considered on need basis

D. Two letters of recommendation.

E. Essay

F. Transcript (Ask your Counselor to attach this when application is turned in)

 

ELKS ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria: Based on scholarship, leadership, and financial need, although need is not a major selection criterion and should not deter application. An essay on post-secondary plans, career goals and why you have made these choices is required. The essay should be no more than the equivalent of 2 pages, typed and double-spaced. To be used at any accredited degree-granting University or College. Renewable second year. Alternates selected. Selection committee consists of counselors and educators who are Elks members. Top applicants interview at Elks Club.

Amount: $1,000 renewable for one year ($2,000)

ELKS VOCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP

Criteria: Based on scholarship, leadership, financial need and a well-defined plan for technical or other vocational employment. For one year to further vocational training only at a two year community or junior college or a certified vocational school. An essay on post-secondary plans, career goals and why you have made these choices is required. The essay should be no more than the equivalent of 2 pages, typed and double-spaced. Alternates selected. Selection committee of Elk members.

Amount: $600