If you are applying for a scholarship, your focus may be centered on writing essays, obtaining letters of recommendation and finding supporting documents. With all the work that goes into preparing an application package, the actual application form can become an afterthought. Yet it's the application form that serves as your introduction to scholarship officials. When filling one out, it's worth it to take a little time and care.
Write neatly. In order to judge whether or not you are a potential candidate for the scholarship, officials will need to be able to easily read your application. Typing your application in a clear font is a safe way to do so. Otherwise, use your best print. Avoid writing in cursive. Never fill out a scholarship application in pencil.
Do not leave anything blank. If a certain question does not apply to you, just write a brief note explaining why. It's better to be safe rather than risk disqualification on the basis of an incomplete application.
Be concise. Scholarship applications may include short essay questions. Scholarship judges are only looking for the facts. Cater your answers to the scholarship. Pick only those achievements, awards, and life experiences that pertain to the scholarship.
Tell the truth. It's never a good idea to lie about your accomplishments. If you feel the urge, that particular scholarship may not be for you. Set it aside and continue your search.
Proofread. As competition for scholarships can be fierce, even the simplest mistakes in grammar and spelling can reduce your chances of receiving the award.
Make sure your full name appears at the top of your application and supporting documents. This is a necessary precaution in case the materials get mixed-up in the judging process.
Read the directions written on your scholarship applications. The judges may specify how they would like you to write and format your answers.
Sophie Levant is a freelance writer based in Michigan. Having attended Michigan State University, her interests include history classical music, travel, and the German language. Her work has been published at eHow and Travels.