Tips melamar beasiswa…

January 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

by Bill Reynolds at FreSch!
Tip #1. ATTENTION TO DEADLINES
Try and have your application arrive EARLY as
possible, absolutely not after the deadline date! I
like to send applications with a “return receipt
requested” or “registered” to make sure they get
there. I think that this also conveys a positive
characteristic about the sender.
Tip #2 START YOUR APPLICATION WITH A
“ THANK YOU” COVER LETTER
Sample Packet Cover Letter
1111 WinOne Street
Pensacola, Fl 32503
9 September 1999
Mary Smith, President
Whatever Scholarship Committee
Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando, Florida (zip code)
Dear Ms. Smith,
This letter is an introduction of myself, (your
name), and my desire to participate in the
(whatever it is called) Scholarship Program. I
have been accepted to (Name of your College) for
the 1999 fall term.
I would like to thank you and the (whatever)
Scholarship Committee for supporting college
bound students with an opportunity for financial
assistance through your scholarship program.
Enclosed you will find my application form, high
school transcript, ACT results, letters of
recommendation, and other pertinent
information. Again, thank you for your interest
on my behalf and for the youth of our state.
Respectfully,
(your name)
Tip #3 ANSWER THE “MAIL”
While this seems obvious, you must construct
your application to make it EASY for the
committee to see that you have provided every
thing that was required. I like to provide items in
the order that they are listed in the application. If
possible, do not mix items on the same page. In
another tip I am going to tell you to add extra
items that were not requested to give your
application that something extra. However, DO
NOT add extra items if you are specifically told
not to add anything extra. This means that you
can not follow directions if you add items when
your are forbidden to do so.
Tip #4 ADD EXTRA ITEMS TO YOUR
APPLICATION (if not forbidden).
This is where you get to be creative to find ways
and things that present you in a positive light to
the selection committee. Here are a few ideas to
get you started:
1. Write a short essay on MY EDUCATION/
CAREER GOALS. Try to keep to one page but no
more than two.
2. Write a paragraph or two on how this
scholarship award will help you reach your
education/career goals.
3. My son’s guidance counselor gave him a paper
that congratulated him on being in the top 10% of
his class and acknowledged his hard work to get
there. We included this because it put him in a
“ positive light” and his hard work at his
academics was recognized.
4. Before my son reached his 18th birthday, he
registered for the Military Draft as required for all
males when they reach the age of 18. He received
a letter from the draft board congratulating him
for doing his civic duty prior to his 18th birthday.
You guessed it, this was also one of our “extra
items”. A lot of scholarship committee members
have military backgrounds or see this as good
citizenship for this applicant.
5. One of the best extra items is a letter of
acceptance for admission to “any” college. If the
scholarship application is not for a specific college,
you will be able to use the award at “any” college.
You do not have to use it at the college you used
in your application. Later you can get more
college acceptance letters and when your make
your selection you can notify the scholarship
award committee of where to send the award.
Therefore, any letter of acceptance shows that
your are serious but it does not “lock” you into
using the award at that college.
These are just a few examples to get you
thinking. I would limit my extras to three or four
at the most. Too many and you “sour” your
application. Again, MAKE SURE you are not
forbidden to add extra items before you do so.
Be creative to find things that make you look
good and share them with the committee.
Tip #5 PERSONALIZE LETTERS OF
RECOMMENDATION
This is a tip that conveys you took the time to
make this application special. When you have a
letter of recommendation addressed to the
specific organization or person that is
administering the application process it says that
you took the time and effort to make this letter
“Special” for them. If all you have is a letter that
starts “To Whom It May Concern”, it is better
than nothing. But if you can personalize the letter
it says you cared to send the very best.
SUB TIP #5a Offer to do the work for the writer
of your letter of recommendation. For example,
you want to apply to twenty scholarship
programs. When you ask someone to write you
“ 1″ letter of recommendation they say sure.
When you say you need twenty letters they say
“ sorry” I don’t have the time. Once they write
you one letter, ask if you can put it on the
computer so the TO ADDRESSEE can be
personalized for each application and your writer
only has to “sign their name twenty times”. Now
your writer is happy to help you because you
have done the work and make it easy for them to
help you. If they have nice letter head, ask for
blank copies to be used in this process.
SUB TIP #5b This is an “ADD EXTRA ITEM/s”
when the application does not require a letter of
recommendation.
SUB TIP #5c Try and get three to five letters of
recommendation in your files. This will let you
pick and choose which one or ones to send in for
a specific application. I would never send more
than three for an application unless the directions
ask for more. I will cover some tips to give your
recommendation writer in a later TIP.
TIP #6 – PROOF READ ALL MATERIALS and
NEATNESS IS A MUST When you write anything
you must use correct grammar and spelling. If
you have a problem in this area ask your English
teacher to help you with proofreading your
essay, cover letter, extra items you have
included, and even letters of recommendation
prepared by others. When there are hundreds or
thousands of applications to review, correctness
and neatness become the first screen out factor.
Only when the “pile” is smaller does the content
of your application start to become a factor in the
selection process.
TIP # 7 – SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION IN A
CLEAR PLASTIC FOLDER
Now that your application is complete, the final
“ presentation” tip is to place all of your items in a
clear plastic folder, with a slide locking binder. I
like the cheap clear ones so that your “Thank You
Cover Letter” (Tip #2) is on top. For that final
“touch” I also like to include a wallet size picture of
the student in the lower left side of your packet.
The next item/s in you application packet are
those required in the application (Tip #3 Answer
the mail). Next I add any extra items (if not
forbidden) and finally I place any letter(s) of
recommendations.
If “extras” are forbidden, you should consider
NOT using a plastic folder, however, this can be a
judgement call on your part. Read the application
carefully again regarding extras. Some judges feel
the plastic folders “give them more work” (to
remove the applications from the plastic folder)
while others have no problem with it, even
though they may forbid extras. I know, this can
be confusing!
Your application packet is a great looking
presentation of YOU, don ’t mess it up by folding
it to fit a small envelope. Use an 8X10 type
envelope so your application arrives looking
great. Consider sending it “Return Receipt
Requested” so you know it arrived!

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