Many scholarship applications are disqualified, because some
applicants fail to submit their applications on-time. If an
application’s deadline has passed, keep the information
and apply next year.
There are 4 methods to
submit your completed scholarship package:
An online application can be completed and submitted
on the Internet. When you are ready to complete and
submit the application, return to the scholarship provider’s
web site. Refer to your print copy, carefully type your
answers into every blank provided in the electronic
application form. After completing your application,
you should review your answers for any mistakes or errors
(i.e. grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors) and
then print a copy of the application for your records
before clicking the ‘Submit’ button.
Some scholarship provider’s indicate that your
application must be postmarked or received at their
office by a certain deadline date. If you are going
to mail your application package, you have a few options
First Class Mail
If you are going to mail your application package
via first class mail, it would be in your best
interest to mail the application package at least
5 - 7 business days (Saturday and Sunday is not
considered a business day) before the deadline
date. The US Postal Office offers several methods
to confirm that your application has been delivered:
Registered Mail, Return Receipt Requested, and
Certified Mail. These are nice services, but if
you included a SASE, this will confirm delivery
of your package and save you some money. You should
type your mailing labels to avoid any delivery
Priority mail is another service offered by the
US Postal Office. The estimated delivery time
is two -three days for delivery. Priority Mail
is not a guaranteed service, so if you decide
to use Priority Mail, expect it to take four days
for delivery to be on the safe side.
There are a few express carries that guaranteed
next day and 2nd day delivery of your package.
If the scholarship provider’s office is located
in your city and you would like to hand deliver your
application package, contact the organization to ensure
this is an approved method. If you use this method,
make sure you give your application package to the right
individual or department, and take notice of the person’s
name to whom you gave your application package to.
It is rare, but some scholarship providers may accept
faxed applications. Before you fax your application
package, contact the organization to inform them that
you are going to fax your information within a few minutes.
After faxing your application package, print a conformation
report for your records and then follow-up with a call
to make sure that it was received in its entirety.
The Waiting Game
After submitting your scholarship application package, be
patient and wait for an announcement of the winners. If you
are not awarded the scholarship this year, reapply next year
(if you meet the eligibility requirements).