Writing a scholarship resume can be one of your first chances to show a scholarship committee who you are both as a student and as a person. Although your GPA and SAT scores demonstrate your academic prowess, a scholarship resume has the potential to reveal your nuances and help you rise above the competition. You can list awards on your resume, achievements, memberships, academics, volunteer experiences and more. Your scholarship resume should show that you are a well-rounded student, not just someone who gets good grades.

Tips for Writing Your Resume

Before you start, choose a professional template for your resume. Many word processing programs already have these installed. You can also ask your parent or teacher to see their resume. Although you will not have as much work experience as the adults in your life, your scholarship resume should have the same look and feel. It is your first foray into the professional world, so make your resume something of which you’re proud. Refer to a college application resume template if you are still unsure what your resume should look like.

College Application Resume Template

This college application resume template only includes possible categories. Choose the sections you will include before you start. Place your contact information and your name on the top. Under that, you can include one or two sentences about your professional goal. Additionally, it is unnecessary to write complete sentences on your resume. Most of the sections will only require bullet points. Sections include work or professional experience, education, awards, memberships, community service, athletics, languages spoken and special skills.

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What Should I Put in Each Section?

List jobs and internships you have had during high school under "Work or Professional Experience." If you do not have any work experience, leave this section out.

If you earned a special certificate in high school, like an International Baccalaureate diploma, list it under "Education," along with your school and the year you graduated. To that end, awards on your resume should be academic in nature unless they are of particular distinction. Don’t list everything you have ever won. Instead, awards on your resume should include accolades, such as first place in the state science fair or a superior rating for playwriting at your school thespian festival.

Include school clubs and extracurricular associations, such as scouting, under "Memberships." Major community service clubs and initiatives you have taken part in on a regular basis would be listed under "Community Service."

"Athletics" should include organized sports you have played in an official capacity, while "Languages Spoken" should only list the languages you speak fluently.

Be careful with the "Special Skills" section. Only include things that are pertinent. When in doubt, leave it out.

About the Author

Rebecca Renner is a writer and editor out of South Florida. Her essays have been featured in the Washington Post, New York Magazine, and Glamour. She is working on a novel.