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How to prepare a strong application

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Get ready!

It’s time to write a top-notch scholarship application, and we’re here to help.

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Plan of action for a strong application

Start early

The Fulton Schools scholarship application is open each year November 1–February 1. 

Missing the deadline means you’ll miss out on the opportunity to be considered for scholarships until next year’s cycle.

Get started early to prepare well written essays and supplemental materials, and don’t wait until the last minute to submit your application. Unexpected issues can and do arise, and late applications will not be accepted.

Understand the competition

Scholarships attract a large number of highly qualified applicants. Rushing through application essays or leaving important tasks to be completed at the last minute doesn’t set you up to be competitive.

Treat your application preparation as if it were a scheduled class — plan time to search for scholarships, read application requirements, write required documents and prepare all the things that will make your application stand out.

Schedule time to do the work

Plan ahead and set aside time dedicated to both your scholarship search and preparing your application. You may be asked to write a personal statement, essays, submit recommendation letters, and/or a resume as part of the application process.

All require time, organization, and planning.

Stay organized

Use a calendar, checklists, and folders to keep deadlines and important information organized. Track activities and accomplishments throughout the year, and keep an updated resume on hand.

Prepare your essays in a word processing program and save copies of everything you submit, as well as contact information for external scholarship providers.

Create a plan of attack

Make a list of application requirements and supplemental materials. Create outlines before you begin essay questions to be sure you’ve covered all main points.

Be sure you haven’t left out something important because incomplete applications will not be considered.

Have a goal in mind

Why did you decide to pursue an Engineering degree? What are your goals after graduation?

Spend some time thinking about what motivates you to invest your time, energy, and money into your chosen degree path.

It is important to be focused and clearly state your goals in your personal statement.

Solicit help or ask for advice

Proofread and ask for feedback from friends, family, or even professors. 

University Writing Centers and Fulton Schools Career Center can also be used for more formal feedback and guidance.

Find a way to stand out!

What experiences and characteristics set you apart from other students? Tell your personal story and engage the scholarship committee.

Draw on your experiences in volunteer work, community service, extracurricular activities, work experience, leadership, etc.

Include any unique characteristics about you or your family and obstacles you’ve overcome.

Keep your essay(s) clear, concise and compelling

Long-winded sentences can lose the reader. Keep the focus clear, stay on topic, and include relevant details and specific examples to compel your reader to keep reading!

Keep the tone professional, but authentic to you! 

Check out our downloadable guide for more tips!

Stay positive and say thank you

Stay positive and feel good about what you offer as an applicant.

Everyone is unique and has different experiences.

To those that provide assistance with your application or a letters or recommendation, saying “thank you” can demonstrate gratitude, good manners, and preserve important relationships.

Academic support resources

ASU and the Fulton Schools offer free academic support resources for all students including tutoring, writing support, structured study groups, or a place to study on your own.

  • Academic Advising is available for all engineering programs. You can make an appointment by visiting the advising scheduler.
  • The Fulton Schools Tutoring Center has several locations offering FREE tutoring for calculus, physics, chemistry, and engineering classes.
  • The Student Success Center has four locations and provides tutoring, writing support, success coaching, structured study groups, modules, and software training. They offer free academic support resources for all students.
  • ASU offers a variety of Tutoring and Writing Centers
  • Inner Circle offers updates on the latest opportunities for students to get support, become involved, and take full advantage of all that Fulton Schools has to offer.