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College Scholarship Tip Friday: Pass the 30 Second Test
Use this college scholarship tip to impress the judges and win more money for school!
Before picking a winner, scholarship judges need to eliminate the applications that are obviously not in the running for the scholarship money.
What they are looking for is complete application answers (no missing information or blank boxes), required materials included in the correct order, and a generally neat and orderly feel to the application.
If a scholarship application passes the first 30-second test, it is placed into the possible winners’ pile.
Taking extra care to ensure complete applications are submitted can be an easy way for students to propel their scholarship applications into the pile that represents the money.
For applications that are submitted online, there should be no missing information (blank spaces) and documents that are uploaded can include personal touches such as a student website link and scholarship/activity resume.
The judges are also looking for students who have ignored the scholarship guidelines.
Some examples are:
- G.P.A. requirements
- ACT/SAT minimums
- Extra materials – Do the rules say they are specifically NOT allowed?
- Letters of recommendation – How many are required? Do NOT submit more thinking it will impress the judging committee.
- Level in school – Is the award only open to high school juniors and the student is a senior?
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Also be sure to read: 10 Epic Tips Straight from a College Scholarship Judge
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