Scholarship Mom Tip #102: Keep Your Application in the Running

If you're applying for scholarships, keep your application in the running -- don't be one of the first eliminated.Did you know that the first 30 seconds that scholarship judges look at a student’s application are the most important?


Make sure you keep your application in the running.

Before picking a winner, scholarship judges first need to eliminate the applications that are obviously not in the running for the scholarship money.

Keep your application in the running

What the judges are looking for initially is complete application answers (no missing information or blank boxes), required materials included and in the correct order, and a general neat and orderly feel to the application.

If an application passes the first 30 second test, it is placed into the possible winners pile!

That “possible scholarship winners” pile is where you want to be. Taking extra care to ensure complete applications are submitted can be an easy way for you to keep your application in the running and propel your scholarship application into the pile that represents the money. After all, isn’t that what college scholarship applying is all about?

Check out my Guide for Parents on Amazon: How to Win College Scholarships: A Guide for Parents in 10 Easy Steps

What’s the one tip that can set your application apart from most others? This one.

Read all of the Scholarship Mom Tips here. Parents – Want more tips? Don’t miss the Parent College Coach Tips here!

Author: Monica Matthews

Monica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded to share what she learned along the way and now she's sharing her tips with Smart College Visit!

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