Tips on how to win an award
Many students don’t apply for awards because they think that they don’t have a chance. If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, it is always worth applying. If the award requires a nomination, you can ask someone to nominate you.
Watch your spelling and grammar
Complete your application with the seriousness of an assignment or a job application. Once completed, set the application aside and review it a little later. You can also go to the Academic Skills Centre and ask them to go over your application with you.
Change your email address if necessary
Choose a basic email such as your name or initials to use on scholarship applications.
Do the research
Check the news items in Omnivox, search the web, and ask your friends, teachers, and parents if they have heard about any opportunities. You can also contact the Awards Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you will not be going to university right away, start your research early. Planning ahead also gives you the time to gather references or to make yourself a better candidate by becoming a volunteer, improving your grades, or learning more about a subject.
Think about your strengths
Take the time to think about your volunteer and work experience, your interests, passions, and abilities. Explain why you are a good candidate.
Make sure your application is complete
Follow any instructions or guidelines given. Make sure your application is properly filled out and submitted with all the required supporting documents. If your application is incomplete or missing documents, your application will not be considered.
Keep an eye on the deadline
Submit your application on time. Often, supporting documents have to be submitted at the same time as your application, including reference letters. Late applications will not be accepted. Unless specifically stated that the deadline has been extended, don’t assume that an exception will be made.
Go to interviews on time and dressed nicely
If an interview is required, you must dress professionally. Make sure to arrive on time. Missed interviews will not be rescheduled.
Say thank you
After an interview, don’t forget to thank the selection committee members. If you receive an award, send a thank-you note to the committee, organization, or donors. The thank-you note can be sent in the form of an email, a card, or a letter. These words of gratitude will be appreciated.