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College Scholarship Tip Friday: Check Your Mail!
This college scholarship tip may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many students are not doing it. Keep reading…
Scholarship providers contact students who have been chosen to receive their scholarship money in a few different ways.
Students need to regularly check all of their email boxes, including spam folders, for notifications and correspondence from scholarship providers.
Many scholarship award letters are also sent via regular mail, so checking the mailbox at home is also vital.
Some organizations will need verification forms filled out and mailed back (or uploaded and sent back electronically) by specific dates, or the scholarship money may be forfeited. Don’t let that happen!
Check those mailboxes and quickly follow up with any scholarship organization that requests more information. The work is not over until that scholarship check is in a student’s hands or has been mailed and received by the college he or she plans on attending.
If the scholarship is renewable (the money is given yearly), students need to be aware of any grade point requirements and renewal stipulations that come with the award.
In addition, copies of all correspondence with the organization offering the scholarship should be kept in a safe place together with all the materials that were submitted when applying.
I’ve actually seen scholarships lost several times on websites that post the winners’ names and when the student does not respond in three days (or whatever timeline is published in the guidelines) a new name appears, as the original student must have not responded. YIKES!!!
[Be sure to read: The Secret to Scholarship Organization is Easier Than You Think]
Winning a college scholarship is a wonderful thing, so don’t let the scholarship money get away by not following these simple steps!
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