Streamlining your scholarship means more awards given, more efficiently. How students benefit. Students are intuitively matched to institutional and verified private scholarship opportunities.
It might be difficult to keep track of all you need for scholarship applications.
- Scholarship applications for Streamlining Your Scholarship
- Recommendation letters
- Transcript requests
- SAT & ACT score requests
- Schedule information for Streamlining Your Scholarship
- College information for Streamlining Your Scholarship
Here are my three quick tips for keeping your scholarship application process structured
1. Create an entirely free desktop feature for an online database
Google Drive: www.google.com/drive
The use of cloud storage has four main advantages.
- Everything is well-organized and easily located in folders.
- You can access these files from ANY computer by logging in on Dropbox.com or Google.com/drive which means you can work on stuff even if you left your computer at home.
- If your computer crashes, you still have everything backed up! This saved my butt senior year.
- You can still access it from your desktop so you don’t even feel like you’re using an online database. (see 3rd picture below).
There are many various methods to organize your files, but this is one that I recommend
The photos are for Dropbox, however Google Drive may also use the similar format.
I would start by making a folder for every academic year.
Create sub-folders as shown below within the folder for the year. If required, I would create a unique folder for each program.
And here’s a picture of what it looks like in your computer:
2. Maintain a sheet of paper or document with the details of each scholarship application
Spending only a few minutes when you decide to apply will save you hours of work afterwards.
Details to include in the document:
- Scholarship Name
- Website address
- Login information and password
3. Add calendar alerts so you don’t forget about deadlines
When I was applying, I occasionally saw scholarships and bookmarked them, but I either never revisited them or, by the time I did, the deadline had long passed. Although it seems like a silly error, you’d be amazed at how frequently this has happened to me.
Set reminders on your phone or online calendar, depending on which you believe you will be more likely to notice, to prevent this.
Try the following when scheduling your reminders:
- Set a reminder 1 week before the deadline (so that you still have a chance to apply).
- Set a follow-up reminder the day before it is due.
- Include the link to the application in your reminders.
- Invite a friend or relative on the reminder so they can remind you too!
Here are the three easy stages to arranging your scholarship search, just to review.
These quick and simple adjustments will not only help you remain calm when applying, but they will also make it quicker and simpler for you to submit applications for future scholarships.
1. Create an online database that also has a desktop feature (completely free).
2. Keep a sheet of paper or document with all scholarship application information on it.
3. Set up calendar reminders so that you don’t miss the deadlines.