Scholarship Tips

Sources for Scholarships

  • College advisers
  • Local businesses, churches and community service organizations
  • Local public libraries
  • Employers and associations
  • Business and industry

Scholarship Search Tips

  • Create a portfolio
  • Use the web
  • Apply for small scholarships
  • Avoid mistakes
  • Stay organized
  • Never stop searching

Web Searching

  • Refine your search
    • Use your personal brand key words
  • Find 100 scholarships every weekend
    • Put the application deadlines in a calendar
    • Apply for scholarships for an hour every evening

Create your Scholarship Resume

  • It should list:
    • Education & scholastic achievement
    • Experience, training, & employment
    • Honors, awards & membership
    • Leadership & community service
    • Extra-curricular activities
    • Career ambition or goals statement
    • References or reference letters

Sample Essay Topics

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Discuss an issue of personal, local, national or international concern and its importance to you.
  • Explain your career goals and your plans for achieving them.

Essay Tips

  • Overcoming challenges
  • Highlight accomplishments
  • Think of the donor
  • Make it personal
  • Don’t overuse the thesaurus
  • Proofread!

Avoid Scholarship Scams

  • Anything with a required fee
  • Asking for non-relevant personal information
  • Guaranteed scholarship
  • Receiving letters of potential scholarships you never applied for

UALR Departmental Private Scholarships

  • Each department has their own application process and deadlines
  • Check within your major and minor subject areas