Applications are due by Dec 01, 2018
DO NOT WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE!
Read below for tips on writing essays for the scholarships and tips for applying for scholarships.
Applicants: Please download the appropriate application form.
TOP TEN TIPS FOR WRITING A SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY
#10. Plan ahead. Make an outline listing the items requested in your essay for the scholarships. Then fill in the blanks!
#9. Introduce yourself to the reviewers. How did you get interested in flying? What have you already done to pursue your interest (such as passing the written, started flying lessons, etc.)
#8. Show your passion for aviation. Be original. Use examples. What are your dreams? But don’t include too much “fluff”.
#7. What are your goals in aviation? A career? Charitable flying? The Military? Flying for business? Flying for fun? (Don’t worry if your goals change in the future. Right now you’re just getting introduced to flying.)
#6. What other things have you done in your life, including accomplishments, awards, volunteer work, clubs, organizations you belong to, mentoring? It doesn’t all have to be aviation related.
#5. Do you have a financial need for the scholarship? How have you financed your training so far? How will you continue to finance it? What difference would winning the scholarship make? Give specific examples, such as enabling you to complete your training sooner, or to build time after getting your license. Provide your gross income if it is requested.
#4. Why should the scholarship reviewers choose you? Why do you need the scholarship? What sets you apart? Here’s a chance to really show your unique personality and abilities.
#3. What will you do to help the aviation community, including others who want to learn to fly? How will the aviation community benefit from you being awarded the scholarship?
#2. Use correct grammar and punctuation. Is your spelling correct? (Don’t rely on Spell Check!). Does the essay flow from paragraph to paragraph, topic to topic? Are your points clear to the reader?
#1. Review your essay over and over. Do you answer all the questions? Have you used all the above tips? Have someone else look at your essay (and whole application) to get his or her perspective and comments.
TIPS FOR APPLYING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS by Ceci Stratford, San Fernando Valley 99s, August 9, 2017
- When you find a scholarship that appeals to you, determine if you are eligible for it!
- Read all the instructions and follow them to the letter.
- Know exactly what you want the scholarship for. When setting and describing goals, have short-term goals (such as where you will be in 5 years) and long-term goals (such as what you will be doing in 10 years).
- Make a separate file for each scholarship, with the date/year, name of the scholarship, name and address of the organization or individual offering it. Include copies of its description, flyers, requirements, things to include in the application, your essay, the application itself, recommendation letters, etc.
- Keep a list of scholarships you’ve applied for, what each one is for, the date you submitted the application, date to be notified, etc., so you can track each one and follow up as necessary.
- If you have a master essay, change it for each scholarship, making sure you address their requirements and use the correct names!
- Do the same for recommendation letters. Make sure they are no older than 2 years! Give the writer plenty of time to write it and submit it. They should sign an original and either mail it to you or scan it.
- Allow plenty of time to gather required documents, such as transcripts, recommendation letters, copies of logbooks, certificates, etc.
- Keep a calendar and/or list of your volunteer activities, accomplishments, awards, scholarships received, offices held, organizations you belong or belonged to, much like what you would do for a job resume.
- Always thank everyone who assisted you along the way – mentors, people who wrote recommendation letters, the individual or organization that gave you the scholarship, others who helped you, etc., whether or not you received that particular scholarship. A hand-written note is always most appreciated! (Be sure to date it).