Get through Scholarship Apps Quickly and Easily (Continued)
Look for Multi-Purpose Applications
In some cases, you can apply for multiple scholarships through one application. This usually happens when you apply with a large organization or with a school. For instance, you might apply for entrance into a certain college and not even have to apply for scholarships at the school. If the app passes admissions, it will be sent out to financial aid for review. Then they will contact you with any scholarships you might qualify for so you can figure out what else you need. The same happens with clubs that offer multiple scholarship opportunities, like the Elk Foundation or the Freemasons. Try to find as many double-duty applications as you can, and you won’t have to apply for as many awards.
Choose the Right Scholarships to Apply for
You may just need to be selective in the applications you fill out. Look for no essay scholarships that you can complete in two minutes or large awards that could cover most of your costs. You should still apply for everything else, but you might put those applications on the backburner. Try to pick a couple to complete a day, and then you won’t be bombarded by 12-hour app sessions. Once you start making them a part of your routine, you won’t feel so overwhelmed.
Remember that scholarships come up all throughout the year, so you need to stay on the lookout for them. Don’t let your need for speed cause you to neglect your need for next semester’s financial aid.
Get Prepared ahead of Time
At the end of the day, the best way to speed up your scholarship applications is to prepare for them well in advance. Gather multiple copies of your transcripts, recommendation letters, and test scores, and have them ready for whenever you need them. Pre-write your essays and find several scholarships to apply for at once. Then you can just push through them like you would anything else. Fill out as many apps as you can, and you’ll soon be able to pay for your education.