Tips for successfully winning a scholarship

  • Read the entire application before getting started.
  • Be sure you meet all minimum qualifications.
  • Essays should be between 300 and 750 words in length per question.
  • Describe the work you show on your resume.
  • Write an original answer about your personal leadership experience.
  • Think of the prompt, “if my life went perfectly, what would I like to be/do”.
  • If you had extra dollars towards your education how would that affect you.
  • For your leadership resume, this is different from a regular resume for a job, think about:
    • three components that represent your strengths,
    • academic success,
    • and leadership in your school and in your community.
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • If the application requires two, please make one from a peer.
    • Choosing a recommender who knows you well, that you trust to get the letter in on time, and has good writing skills.
    • Start this step first. You will be depending on someone else for this section of the application, which you should allow ample time for.
    • Ask them to include information about your academic success, leadership in school, and leadership in your community in the letter.
    • Follow up with them to confirm submission and thank them for their time.
  • Transcript
    • Include school name and your student ID number
    • It does not need to be an official transcript.
  • Proofread your entire application and ask at least two people to read over the application and make suggestions.
  • Submitting one application enters you for both the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship and the McCormick Leadership Scholarship.