Tips for Applying for Scholarships

Most scholarships are awarded solely on the application submitted, without the opportunity of a personal interview. It is imperative to present a professional, positive and precise application, and to apply only if you are eligible. The following suggestions are offered to assist you with the application process: 

Format

A typed application is recommended. If you must print, do so neatly and legibly.

Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters are an important part of your application. Select someone who knows you well enough to write a complimentary letter that describes your goals, interests, academic achievements and/or employment. Consider the specifics of the scholarship when selecting a reference. Choose an individual who can address the scholarship’s unique criteria or is acquainted with the sponsoring organization’s interests

Personal Statements

When asked to write a personal statement, provide a thorough and well-thought-out response. Since personal interviews are usually not granted, your statement is an excellent opportunity to present yourself as a worthy recipient to a scholarship committee. Present a well-rounded sense of your personality. Highlight any special attributes, accomplishments or experiences that distinguish you from others.

Financial Need 

Be specific when asked to complete a statement of financial need. Explain how the scholarship will assist you with your educational expenses. Include any unusual personal or family circumstances or anticipated expenses.

Questions

It is important to understand all scholarship requirements and to complete the application correctly. Contact the scholarship sponsor if you need clarification.

Deadlines

Submit your application prior to the published deadline date. It is best not to rely on postmark dates or expect extensions to be granted. Your references must also meet the scholarship deadline so be sure to provide them with instructions on how their letters should be handled.

Selection

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual preference, handicap, or age in any of its educational or employment policies, procedures or practices.

For additional assistance, contact the UWM Department of Financial Aid.