Tips on applying for scholarships

1. Before you start

  • Check the deadline.
  • Make sure you meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Pay close attention to the documents required and allow yourself enough time to put your application together

2. Things to include in your cover letter

  • A brief summary of your academic background as it relates to the eligibility criteria
    • Your current program of study)
    • The diploma(s) you wish to obtain
    • Your career aspirations, if known
  • Explain your motivations for applying for this scholarship. This is your chance to “sell” yourself.
    • What sets you apart from the other applicants?
    • Draw links between your volunteer and other activities and the scholarships you are applying for

3. Details – Community Involvement Scholarship

Describe your volunteer experience. Specify:

  • Since when
  • Number of hours per week
  • Where you volunteer
  • Your role and responsibilities
  • Your reasons for getting involved
  • How your volunteer activities tie in with the scholarship you’re applying for

4. Details – Leadership and Entrepreneurship Scholarship

  • Where does your inspiration come from?
  • How would you describe your initiative?
  • What do you get out of it?

5. Details – Financial Need Scholarship

Be sure to include reasonable expenses.

  • What led to your financial situation?
  • List any assistance you receive from other sources.
  • Where have you already sought help?
  • What steps have you taken to improve your situation?
  • Why should we award you this scholarship?