Scholarship strategies: have we seen them before?

The art of applying for scholarships begins to look familiar to me. A family member is approaching college application time, and I’m gaining some early experience in applying for aid.  I had never considered how the process resembles job applications.  I’m referring here to the paperwork. Like a resume, the application and essay should

  • be absolutely perfect in grammar, spelling, and format,
  • address the question straight on,
  • be specific in relating one’s own experience,
  • be honest to the max,
  • include a work sample as attachment if appropriate,
  • reference links to online presence (after making sure one’s postings are something to be proud of!),
  • contain a dose of creativity.

And oh yes, get it in on time or a bit early. What do you think?  You who are experienced in the college application process, do you think it parallels writing an effective resume?  Care to share any secrets of success?

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