Tips for completing your scholarship application

The Royal Neighbors of America Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to Members who are insured by or own an annuity with Royal Neighbors and plan to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited institution to obtain a trade or vocational degree, associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctoral degree. Here are ten helpful tips for the application process.

    1. Write a great essay – it can be your ticket to standing out from the crowd of applicants. If you don’t have great writing skills, attend a writing workshop, or consider working with your advisor to help develop a memorable essay. The judges review each applicant on academics, volunteer activity, and essay questions. Be sure the answers to the essays are fluid with smooth transitions, correct grammar, and strong sentence structure to engage the reader.
    2. Contact your college of choice to find out the specific address where scholarship payments should be sent. Often, the address listed on a college’s website is not the correct address to send scholarship payments which can cause payment delays.
    3. Be sure all attachments are included with your scholarship application. If attachments are missing, it is considered an incomplete application and will not proceed to the judging process.
    4. Proofread and polish your application. It’s always a good idea to have someone review your written work to help catch any grammatical errors.
    5. Don’t wait until the last minute. Applying early allows ample time to deliver your best work. Plus….it allows you time to apply for other scholarships that might be available.
    6. Clean up your public social media. A scholarship committee member might use social media to vet an applicant.
    7. Don’t give up! If you aren’t selected in 2022, be sure to apply again in 2023.
    8. Be sure to have your certificate and chapter number handy. It is required on the application.
    9. Watch deadlines!
    10. Remember: your scholarship application represents you! Don’t be afraid to toot your own horn.

Apply today!