How to Write Effective Scholarship Applications


Aside from the obvious financial benefit, scholarships provide recognition of past achievements and can boost future opportunities. Being awarded a scholarship is difficult; however, there is an art to writing effective applications. You need to stand out from all the other excellent applicants to convince the selection committee to invest in you. Usually there is a finite amount of time you have to write an effective application, and the selection committee typically requires applications to be very concise. Here we provide a guideline for how to write an effective scholarship application. Although following these steps will not guarantee success, it will hopefully set you on the right path.

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Karen Dunmall, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Manitoba
- Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (PhD) 2014-2016
- American Fisheries Society, J. Frances Allen Scholarship 2014
- American Fisheries Society, John E. Skinner Memorial Award 2014
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowship 2014 (declined)
- Clemens-Rigler Travel Award, Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research 2014
- University of Manitoba Roger Evans Memorial Scholarship 2013
- NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 2011-2014

Vivian Nguyen, Ph.D. Student, Carleton University
- American Fisheries Society, Peter A. Larkin Award (PhD) 2014
- Ocean Tracking Network Travel Award, Pathways Conference 2014
- NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 2012-2015
- NSERC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement 2010-2011
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2011
- NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship 2010-2011

Kyle Wilson, Ph.D. Student, University of Calgary
- Mitacs-Accelerate Graduate Research Internship 2014-2015
- University of Calgary, Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship 2014-2015
- University of Calgary, Eye’s High Doctoral Scholarship 2014
- American Fisheries Society, John E. Skinner Memorial Award 2014
- American Fisheries Society, Roger Rottman Memorial Scholarship 2013
- National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable Mention) 2012
- Aquatic Plant Management Society, William L. Maier Jr. Memorial Scholarship 2012