General Scholarship Application

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Use this application if the scholarship you want to apply for includes this symbol in the listing. This includes both scholarships for undergraduate and graduate school.

Read this first:

  • Read the scholarship listing to see what else is required. Some scholarships require additional materials or an interview.
  • Check each deadline. Scholarships that accept the General Scholarship Application do not all have the same deadline.
  • Check where to send the application. It may be different for each scholarship for which you apply.
  • Download the Application.

Completing the Application...

The application can be saved to your computer and completed using Microsoft Word version 97 or later.  You can also print the application and complete it by hand.

STEP ONE:  Application
  • Complete the application, leaving the “Name of Scholarship” line on the first page blank.
  • Make a copy of the application for each scholarship for which you are applying. Fill in the “Name of Scholarship” line for each one.  Keep one copy for your records.
STEP TWO:  Official Transcript
  • High School Students: Submit one official high school transcript. It should include the courses you’ve taken, your grades, GPA, class rank, and SAT or ACT scores. If you’ve already taken college classes, also include a copy of your college transcript.
  • College and Graduate Students: Submit only your official college transcript.
STEP THREE: Letter of Recommendation

High School and Graduate School Students:
Include a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor, teacher, coach, employer, clergy, or another adult who knows you, but is not a family member.

Note: Letters must be typed or neatly written, be on official letterhead, and contain the writer’s full name, title, address, and phone number.

STEP FOUR: Student Aid Report (SAR)

Submit one copy of your SAR. If you haven’t yet received your SAR, check that box on the application “checklist” and send it when you receive it.

STEP FIVE: Essay

Include a copy of the essay that you submitted as part of your college admissions package or an essay that was submitted as a class assignment

    OR:

If you are applying for a scholarship that requires a specific essay, submit that instead.

STEP SIX: Other Materials

Check the “To Apply” section of the scholarship’s listing to see if they require anything different from or in addition to the General Scholarship Application.

STEP SEVEN: Cover Letter (optional)

You might want to include a cover letter to:

  • thank the scholarship contact person or committee for the opportunity to apply for the scholarship,
  • describe any additional significant information you weren’t able to include in the application materials, and/or
  • give reasons why you’re a good candidate for the award.
STEP EIGHT: Submitting Your Application

Submit your application to the address in the “to apply” section in each listing.

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