Finance Authority of Maine
FAME's 5 on the 5th
October 2011


5 Scholarship Mistakes 


Receiving scholarship money is a great way to get the tuition bill paid and reduce loan debt.  Give yourself the best possible chance to be awarded scholarships by NOT making these common mistakes.

1.   Submitting an incomplete application

Double check that you've included all requested references, photos, transcripts, and essays; be sure that your essay is on topic.  Never leave blanks on the application or submit a generic essay.  The scholarship selection committee made their requests with purpose and it won't PAY to ignore them.
 2.   Applying when you do not meet the minimum requirements

If the scholarship requires a minimum 3.5 GPA and you only have a 2.7, don't waste your time.  Instead, focus on your efforts on other scholarships for which you do qualify.
 3.   Spelling errors

Even ONE spelling error can doom your application. Remember, if you do not take the time to spell-check your application, the judges won't take the time to read it.

4.   Unclear and illegible applications

Type the information if possible, or print neatly.  Make sure your application stands out from the rest - and not because it was messy.

5.   Missing deadlines

Be sure to start early and send in your information on time.  Scholarship committees receive hundreds of applications.  They have no reason to read yours if it's late. If you miss a deadline, all your hard work will be wasted.
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