Monday, April 5, 2010

How to organize your scholarship search

Okay, I'm not the best organizer ever. But when I was in school, I kept all my class notes scrupulously organized and divided.

Why? Because it saved me SO much time later on. When it was time to study for tests, I had everything together - my notes, my books, everything the teachers had given was all together. I know I saved SO much time by not having to look and look for my materials.

The same should also help scholarship and grant searchers. Here are some tips that may help you in your scholarship searches:

1. Document everything, every application, every essay. Double back up your copies and keep hard copies in a file drawer or dedicated folder.

2. Always include any correspondance, copies of emails, or letters that you send each school.

3. Copy and print out websites that you find helpful. Keep a separate folder on your desktop with all scholarship or grant information classified and organized, including web addresses and contact names.

3. Include deadlines and review these often.

Find out more about being organized:
Organize your financial aid documents (from
Sports Scholarship Pro's filing system explained
How to organize using an accordian file system
Make an application portfolio (from the Metropolitan State College of Denver)

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