Suggestions For Applications
- Writing only two lines provides less information to an Award Selection Committee than
a full paragraph or a full page.
- Handwritten applications are not professional looking and not competitive. If you
are going to take the time to apply, take the time to type and be competitive.
- Serious candidates usually find a mentor, such as a teacher or counselor or staff
member, who can give suggestions about how others may respond to your application.
(Even professional writers have editors.)
- Attend scholarship writing workshops scheduled by the Pilots program to assist you
in writing winning essays.
- Do not expect your reference to write a letter at the very last minute. Provide them
information and time to write it.
- Most people who win scholarships, grants, or awards write several drafts in an effort
to be as clear and informative as possible.
- Proofread everything you submit!
- Activities in which you have already contributed directly are more important than
those you might consider participating in. However, the selection committee is interested
in your plans for being involved in the future, too.
- Be sure to list any recognition or honors you have received.
- Remember too that holding a job and maintaining your grades, or managing a family
while going to school, can demonstrate leadership skills.
- If you are selected, always remember to write a thank you note to the donor. Your
appreciation will not be forgotten!