Nancy Etz shares 6 common mistakes to avoid when filling out a scholarship application

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There are many scholarships students can apply to, but it can be difficult to know which ones will give you the best chance of winning. With so many grant providers and different rules, what should you do? After reading an interview with Nancy Etz about scholarships, we realized that people need to know common mistakes. This article will discuss six mistakes people often make when filling out a scholarship application and give tips on avoiding them!

Fill out the entire application

The number one mistake to avoid is not filling out the entire application form. Make sure to submit whatever is needed and stay within the confines of any page! If nothing is required but is relevant to your scholarship, feel free to include it as an additional entry in your overall package – however, don’t go overboard, or they may think you’re lying about what you’ve done too.

Check all responses for grammar and spelling

Second, make sure all of your answers are grammatically correct and spell-checked before you submit them. It can be very embarrassing if the company later finds out that there were misspellings throughout your entire response! Even with this step, remember that some companies will automatically disqualify applicants who do not demonstrate basic English skills (those for whom English is not their first language or do not meet a certain literacy threshold).

Don’t lie about your order

Third, make sure you are not lying about your application. Some companies will contact the applicants they are most interested in for interviews. If they later find out that you lied about something important (like the school you attended), your chances of winning may deteriorate regardless of whether it was intentional or not! You can avoid this simply by being honest and telling the truth throughout the entire process.

Also, be careful when filling in personal information such as address, phone number, etc., as scholarship providers may use this to contact students directly. Make sure these details are accurate so you don’t miss any calls/emails from potential scholarship opportunities.

Include a short paragraph about yourself, including any awards

Fourth, when filling out the essay questions on your application form, it is important to include a short paragraph about yourself and any awards you have received across the school. This is where you can convince companies of what makes you stand out from other applicants – make sure this information is relevant and catches their attention!

Be specific when describing what you want to study in college/university

Fifth, be specific when describing the field of study or degree program you wish to pursue at a college or university. Let’s say there is no option for them to contact you directly through your application. In this case, they will definitely be looking for more information about who you are and what you want to do with your life – make sure this information is accurate because scholarship providers need students who excel in their program.

Read all instructions carefully before placing an order

Finally, read all instructions carefully before applying! It’s so easy to get so caught up in all the questions that we forget about deadlines or formatting requirements (like underlining your full name). Be sure to double-check everything, so there are no surprises when reviewing your scholarship package.

Many other mistakes can be made when applying for a grant. Avoid these six, and your chances of winning will increase dramatically. If you want to learn more about what not to do, download this free e-book from our blog library! It covers everything we talked about in the article; In addition, it includes an exclusive bonus chapter with more helpful tips for filling out a successful scholarship application essay.

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