Monday, April 26, 2010

Get organized - and keep track of your scholarship and grant applications

Today I got some great organizational advice from three different sites.

#1: How to Organize the Scholarship Process - this is from the Scholarships4School site. Some of the methods mentioned here include keeping your original data (like recommendations and test scores) separate from the rest of your paperwork. Also, notes of any telephone conversations should also be kept on file in the same place you are keeping everything.

(from me) I used to use a Teacher File Folder that had a handy lock and carrying handle. These can be gotten at Wal-Mart for a good price. These are easy to use, and have a bar that supports a regular handing file folder. If you are not using a file cabinet, these kind of holders are very useful.

#2. The College Answer Guy site has some other suggestions for your scholarship or grant search. He suggests both a wall and pocket calendar to help you keep track of deadlines. He also agrees with the file folder approach, and suggests you label everything carefully.

#3. Finally, The College Data site suggests that you make a check-off list for each scholarship requirement. Also, a list of your accomplishments and a list of people who can write recommendation letters can help you answer these kinds of questions on your application. Also, they suggest having a good headshot photo in case it is needed.

You can find out more by clicking on the links - above or below here.

The College Data site

The College Answer Guy

Scholarship Help

Good luck on your scholarship or grant applications!


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