NSHSS Scholarship Director, Dr. Susan Thurman, offers up some helpful tips for students applying for scholarships. These tips are relevant to students applying for any scholarship, whether one of our NSHSS member exclusive scholarships, one of our NSHSS Foundation scholarships, or a scholarship through another organization.
Most scholarship applications involve three parts, a resume, an essay, and recommendation letters. Dr. Thurman offers tips on tackling all three of these components. The most important tip to remember throughout the Scholarship application process, and also the college application process, is to PROOFREAD everything!
Preparing your Resume
Create a list of all your accomplishments starting with the most recent ones. Try to keep your resume to one page.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Be sure your contact information is up to date, with address, telephone, email and current school.
ACADEMICS: Begin with academics: GPA, academic awards, Dean’s list, math bowl champion, etc.
LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES: Officer positions in clubs and organizations, leadership conferences, captain of athletic teams, etc. Leadership doesn’t have to mean being the head of a club. Actions, not titles, make leaders.
EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: Music, sports, clubs/organizations, hobbies, academic camps, employment, internships, etc.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Include volunteer activities, including dates
REFERENCES: Include a line that says, References available upon request. If you do wish to include references, be sure to ask for permission from your references and make sure that you have the correct spelling and contact information.
Note: In most cases do not include activities and awards prior to high school (unless you have achieved something truly remarkable, such as winning the National Geography Bee, or founding a charity at a young age).
Preparing Scholarship Essays
How to ask for Recommendation Letters
NSHSS offers members exclusive scholarships and opportunities for high school, college and beyond.
Visit www.nshss.org/scholarships for scholarship descriptions, details and deadlines.
Apply for scholarships in your member dashboard: www.nshss.org/dashboard/
Keep your email address updated in your member profile to continue to receive scholarship information.
Visit www.nshssfoundation.org for scholarships through the NSHSS Foundation.