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How To Build a Scholarship Application Portfolio

Many organizations including the Community College of Rhode Island Foundation offer scholarships and awards to students. Have you every thought about applying for a scholarship, but was not sure where to begin? Through this Web page and the Student Success Centers our goal is to help you successfully apply for scholarships that are available at the college or through other resources outside of the college.

Application Hints and Tips / Items to have on hand:

  1. Don't Delay. If you know you need financial aid for college, start researching scholarships now. Scholarship application packets can take some time to put together. The sooner you start, the sooner you finish.
  2. Follow the rules. Make sure you read through the requirements of the scholarship very carefully. Pay attention to GPA and / or minimum credit requirements.
  3. Keep it organized. Many Scholarships will need various documents including:

    • A recent copy of your transcript (high school and college).
    • Essays outlining career goals, education plans, community service and why you should be chosen for a particular scholarship.
    • Up-to-date resume. If you require help with getting your resume together, the Cooperative Education Officeis available to assist you with this task.
    • List of awards received, volunteer activities and extra curricular activities you have been involved with.
    • Contact information of professors and other professional individuals whom you could ask for a letter of recommendation.
    • A completed FASFA. You could be losing out on financial aid money if you don't complete the form. Contact the Financial Aid Office at the college.
  4. Check all documentation. Once you have all of the documents you need, check them over very carefully against the application's requirements. If you are submitting an essay, it is a good practice to re-read it and ask someone else to read it as well.
  5. Get your paperwork in on-time. Getting your application in early does not guarantee you will receive the scholarship. However, being prepared and paying attention to the application deadline will alleviate any stress you might feel by trying to put together a good application. Make copies of documents submitted and keep a list of scholarships you applied for; it will be easier to follow-up on your application status.
  6. Prepare thank you notes. If you are awarded a CCRI Foundation Scholarship, you are required to write a thank you note to the donor and complete a brief bio form about yourself. This provides the donors with information about your successes and lets them know how valuable their support is.

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Last Updated: 3/19/15