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When writing your general application, it is important that the information you include reflects who you are currently. Making sure your current employment, academic, and volunteer history is listed is key! Donors are interested in what you are currently doing to further your education and grow professionally.
The most powerful way to show commitment to a cause or responsibility is to quantify the hours, months, days or years that you have committed your time to better the cause or uphold the responsibility. Use time or number references to quantify these activities.
Awarders often see themselves as investors in a student’s future and love to reward students who show initiative. Whether it’s starting your own business, creating a new campus club, developing new ways to approach old topics, or organizing events, or crafting educational presentations, donors like to see students who are thinking and acting outside of the box.
An error-free application demonstrates that you put substantial time and energy into your submission. Utilize the UCCS Writing Center or even friends and family to check your application.
Here are some on-campus resources to help you write your application:
You will want a recommendation that will complement the background information and essay you are submitting in your application. The best recommendation letters come from someone who can speak to your accomplishments beyond just the facts. Someone—other than a parent—with whom you have established a connection and who can provide a personal story or anecdote about you that adds insight to your unique qualities.
Here are key strategies to help get a great recommendation letter:
Scams happen every day; over the phone via telemarketers, as scholarship offers in mail and email, and on numerous websites. When you are searching and applying for scholarships, be cautious of any company or organization that charges a fee for its services. Applying for legitimate scholarships and financial aid is free.
Some companies will charge a fee to help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Remember that the FAFSA is free. If you are completing the FAFSA on a website that asks for credit card information, you are not on the official government site. The official website is fafsa.ed.gov. To prevent identity theft, never give your FSA ID, which serves as your electronic signature, to anyone.