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 leadership 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.
- 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.
Letter(s) of Recommendation
- Start this step first. You will be depending on someone else for this section of the application, which you should allow ample time for.
- If the application requires two letters of recommendation, please make one from a peer.
- Choose a recommender who knows you well, a person you trust to get the letter in on time and has good writing skills.
- Ask them to include information in the letter about your academic success, leadership in school, and leadership in your community.
- Follow up with them to confirm submission and thank them for their time.
This is different from a regular resume for a job, when writing this, think about:
- Three components that represent your strengths,
- Academic success, and
- Leadership in your school and in your community.
- Include school name and your student ID number.
- It does not need to be an official transcript.