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Tips for preparing a good scholarship application

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 20, 2019, 6:00:00 AM

Tips for preparing a good scholarship applicationSchools often offer scholarships to high-performing and well-rounded students. To be awarded a scholarship, boys should demonstrate achievement in a range of activities. At Trinity, we offer a number of scholarships and look for students who excel in academics, sport, co-curricular, community service and leadership. Here are six tips for preparing a good scholarship application.

1. Know the instructions
What does the scholarship application require? What criteria needs to be met? What documents must be provided? What information is the School looking for?

Before completing the application, take some time to clearly understand how to correctly apply for the scholarship. Know what the school is asking for, and if you do have questions, get clarity on how to move forward. It would be a shame to miss out on a scholarship due to a technicality.

2. Plan in advance
Make sure that you and your son plan scholarship applications well in advance. Be aware of deadlines, so that you and/or your son can allocate sufficient time to brainstorm, write and edit. Scholarship applications should not be rushed.

3. Make it easy for the Registrar
While schools may not ask for a summary page, it is a great way of making the Registrar’s job of learning about your son, much easier. In a one-page summary of dot points, you should summarise your son’s key achievements (including the year they were attained). Include outstanding academic results, awards, leadership roles, volunteering experiences, wins, and state or national team selections.

4. Distinguish yourself
When it comes to a good scholarship application, it’s important that your son is distinguishable from the competition. At Trinity, competition is strong and demand for scholarships is high. Allow time to think through your son’s strengths and make sure to highlight noteworthy accomplishments that will set him apart.

Remind your son not to undervalue some of his experiences and achievements – the community events he volunteers in every week are just as significant as academic achievements.

5. Use relevant examples
Your son may be required to submit a written application detailing why he thinks he should be considered for a scholarship. Sharing stories from personal experience is essential to a strong scholarship application. However, more importantly, encourage your son to demonstrate how these experiences have positively shaped him as a person.

For example, instead of having your son simply share that he was the captain of his water polo team, encourage him to explain how this leadership opportunity has helped him grow. For instance: “Being the captain of the water polo team has taught me how to be confident, to support other people and to make sacrifices for the greater good of the team.”

6. Proofread and edit
Once you and/or your son have finished the application and included all the necessary information and attachments, have several people look at it to provide feedback. Teachers or other family members may be able to help ensure correct spelling and grammar, and provide insight as to whether your son’s strengths have been appropriately highlighted.

Trinity provides an abundance of opportunities which nurture boys to grow into men who are clear and passionate about their unique talents. We actively encourage our students to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that they may become responsible, contributing members of society.

We aim to help boys discover their innate talents and unlock their full potential within the context of a supportive Christian environment. We have guided boys to grow in mind, body and spirit for over a century and we know what boys need to truly flourish and succeed.

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Topics: Boys' education, Trinity difference, Academic excellence