Scholarship Mom Tip #186: Don’t Commit These Scholarship Submission Errors

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As I sort through the many applications for the Savor Summer College Scholarship in order to pick a winner, I feel the need this week to remind students of what NOT to do when trying to win money for college via scholarships. Don’t commit these scholarship submission errors:

  • Don’t forget to include the application – Believe it or not, many envelopes arrive missing this key piece of material.
  • Don’t hand-write any part of the application – Typing is neat, readable, and professional.
  • Don’t send in extra letters of recommendation – Ignoring specific guidelines is not impressive.
  • Don’t include letters of recommendation that are written for college admittance – “Dear Admittance Officer” does not speak to me at all.
  • Don’t list everything you’ve ever done in your life on your scholarship resume – One page is best, 7 pages, WAY too long.
  • Don’t forget to sign the application and have a parent sign if you are under 18 – There are legal matters involving awarding money to students and my hands are tied if you don’t get the mandatory signatures.

I hope these “what not to do” tips help you or your student in the scholarship process. Come back for next week’s tip as I share details about the winner and the reasons why he or she was chosen. Learning what judges look for is a very important scholarship winning strategy and a giant step in the right direction for anyone looking to win money for college.

RELATED: Scholarship Resume Length Matters 

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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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