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Pay Attention to the Details

Habits inevitably determine your performance. 

Self-reflect on your current habits. Are they excellent or can they be improved?

As students, sometimes we get complacent and strive on autopilot. For instance, you may say to yourself, “I’ve received A’s in English for seven years straight. I study by skimming the chapters and memorizing summaries on SparkNotes. I do what works for me.” That may have worked in the past, but it is not guaranteed to work forever.

The same thing goes for the scholarship process. Always look for new ways to improve.

Scholarship applicants who slap their application together the day before it’s due, rush to check their materials against the requirements. They usually miss a crucial aspects of the application – the details.

Apply the tips below to make sure you cover the details in your next application:

  • Tip #1: Complete the Bio: Most scholarships require your personal information (e.g., name, address).
    • Fill in the blanks for that part as soon as you get the application. It will save you time in the long run.
  • Tip #2: Brainstorm Before You Write: Most scholarships require an application, essay, or creative work to supplement the application.
    • Use a whiteboard or record yourself elaborating on the topic. It will help you plan your ideas before you begin the rough draft.
  • Tip #3: More Eyes, More Advice: We all make mistakes, but we have resources to help catch them.
    • Ask great editors in your circle to evaluate your creative component to make sure it answers the prompt, is clear, and free of grammatical errors.

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