BEFORE you apply for a scholarship, here are a few things you should know:
You must be an Allegan County student or graduate or a Bloomingdale Area School student.
Scholarships are competitive. Just like in a job interview, you need to impress the people reviewing your scholarship. You need to convince them you should earn that scholarship. Here is a simple checklist to help you submit the best scholarship application possible:
» Check scholarship deadlines here! Schedule time to work on them so you aren’t feeling the stress of having to submit last minute, it could result in significant award amounts.
» When an essay question says there is a minimum of 250 words…use 250 words! That condition is in place to help you tell us about yourself, your ideas, and your experiences. This is where you can set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants.
» Proofread! Proofread! Proofread!
» If you have to have letters of recommendation…ask someone who knows you well and can sing your praises…ask them early. Check back with them to be sure they have submitted your recommendation BEFORE it is due. If they don’t get your recommendation in before the deadline, your application is disqualified.
» Pay attention to our application process. The initial data you input allows the system to determine which scholarships you are eligible for. Once it tells you, you still have to complete the requirements for the individual applications. The nice thing is you don’t have to repeat the initial data input again. You just have to fill out a few essay questions. Don’t leave scholarships hanging out there, these scholarships will benefit you forever.
» Don’t have the best GPA? Very few of these scholarships are based on academic excellence. You have something to offer. Give yourself a chance and apply. You might not get one, but what if you do?!
» Ready? Good luck! (Step-by-Step “Apply Now” Guide available here)