Helpful Hints

Some Tips:

  • Complete the entire application.
  • Answer all questions, don’t leave blanks.
  • Regarding essay questions: be honest, be detailed, be descriptive, and most importantly - be yourself.
  • Do not write short, couple-of-sentence essays.
  • Get a fresh set of eyes; have someone else read your essays to catch grammar errors, misspelled words, run-on sentences, et cetera.
  • Read your answers out loud.
  • Remember, you are trying to make a good impression so make your best effort.

Myths about Scholarships

  • Myth: Your GPA must be a 4.0.
    • Fact: most scholarships do require a certain GPA but rarely a perfect 4.0
  • Myth: They are only available to incoming freshmen.
    • Fact: Each scholarship is tailored to a population of students that the donor wishes to help. It could be returning adults, students of a certain age, et cetera.
  • Myth: You have to qualify for a Pell Grant through the FAFSA to receive a scholarship.
    • Fact: Not all scholarships are need-based and may not even require a completed FAFSA.
  • Myth: You are required to be full time (12 credits per semester).
    • Fact: Some scholarships help students who are attending half-time (at least 6 credits).
  • Myth: Your placement test scores are too low.
    • Fact: Not many scholarships required placement test scores; they have other requirements that the student must meet instead.

Tips for Unique Student Populations