Scholarship Mom Tip #161: Use a Scholarship Checklist

Essay, application, school transcripts, letters of recommendation…check! It may seem that easy, but as the scholarship applications begin to arrive for my 2016 Savor Summer College Scholarship (Details here:, I am once again surprised at how many students send in incomplete applications.


scholarship checklist

Help your student to not make this mistake by typing up a simple checklist for each scholarship they are applying for and have them physically cross off each item after it is included in the scholarship application packet or uploaded online.

Something like this scholarship checklist will work great:

1. Essay
2. Letter(s) of recommendation
3. Typed application
4. School transcripts
5. Leave blank and fill in as needed

Why students don’t send in complete applications is truly a mystery to me. The last one that I looked at was missing one out of four of the required materials. Sadly, I didn’t even bother to read the essay because I know there will be many other applications that are 100% complete with fantastic essays.

Why would I award the scholarship money to a student who didn’t follow the simple directions?

Scholarship winners are more than just hard-working, deserving students. They pay attention to detail and submit 100% complete, on-time, applications. THAT is the way to impress scholarship judges!

Related: Keep Your Application in the Running

Read all of the Scholarship Mom Tips here.

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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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