Thursday, February 5, 2009

First Impressions

Whether you like it or not, people do judge you by the way you look. The same is true for the scholarship application that you submit. It is really important that it looks as though you have put a great deal of thought and preparation into completing it.

As I mentioned yesterday, it is critical to follow directions. Have everything in order and follow the checklist if it is included in the directions. You want your documents to look neat, organized and easy to read. White space makes your papers look clean and visually pleasing.

You want to make your application stand out. The first contact that the scholarship donor has with you is your application, personal statement and letters of recommendation. You want to project professionalism--you want credibility.

You want to stand out. You want to have a competitive edge. You want to demonstrate that you are a good investment. You want to have your application read. The first impression may make a big difference in the selction process.


Anonymous said...

WOW.YOUR BLOGS ARE TOP NOTCH DIRECTIONS ..........JUST LIKE THE TRAINING FOR RITZ CARLTON EMPLOYEES IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER...EX...THEIR VERBAGE IS Taught like..when a customer says "thank you" they say "My Pleasure" they'd never say "no problem" don't want to say it would even be a problem...
Anyway i am impressed with your standard of perfection when it comes to excellence.

p.s. thanks for helping me try to catch up. did you look at that program?? My main question is it states that our financial aid office is the one to decide. I am a 45yr old mother of 6 all are grown. i MUST make this work i do not want to tend bar the rest of my life. I really am in financial need SERIOUSLY. am i too late for the one i gave you yesterday????

Anonymous said...

I want my students to have all of the tools to be winners. In order to compete in any area, you must stand out above the rest.