- Scholarship Deadlines for Priority Consideration
- December 15 for Incoming Freshman
- February 15 for Transfer Students
- Students are not required to submit a separate scholarship application for incoming
academic scholarships, including scholarships for incoming freshmen and transfers.
- Currently enrolled students must submit an MTSU Scholarship Application by December 15, to be considered for an Enrichment Scholarship or Minority Scholarship for the following
- Scholarship awards will be made beginning in February. Award letters will be mailed
only to students who have been awarded a scholarship.
- Students must apply for Foundation Scholarships through the Foundation Scholarship
web site. Information and applications will be available at http://mtsu.scholarships.nelnet.net in December 2006.
Scholarship Game Plan
Your first objective in thinking about scholarships is to develop a game plan. Scholarships
are often competitive and usually have an application deadline between December and
February. For this reason, you should begin your scholarship search in your junior
year of high school. Start with the following steps to ensure a successful scholarship
- Get Organized : Find a blank spiral notebook and grab a folder. Use the notebook to write down the
names of scholarships you find and application deadline dates. You may also want to
write down the Web site or location of the scholarship information. Remember, you
should start this process during your junior year of high school, and you will want
to remember how to get the scholarship applications during your senior year.
- Begin Your Search: Be sure to search for both private scholarships and scholarships offered by MTSU,
such as Foundation Scholarships. Keep accurate records of all the scholarships you
- Stay Focused: At times you may run into dead ends or may feel as if the search is hopeless. Keep
going --something may turn up. There are plenty of scholarships out there. It just
takes some endurance!
- Apply, Apply, Apply: Most private scholarship deadlines fall between December and February. Most MTSU Foundation
Scholarships have an application deadline of February 15. Have everything ready to
mail or submit electronically at least one month before the deadline. Apply for every
scholarship for which you meet the criteria. The early bird catches the worm, and
the more scholarships for which you apply, the more chances you have to win!
- Follow Up: Be sure to follow up on applications that you have submitted. Be persistent, but not
overbearing. Following up should keep things from slipping through the paperwork cracks.
- Respond: As soon as an award letter or phone call reaches you with the great news, send that
person or company a thank-you card or letter. You may want to include a photo to personalize
Scholarship Search Tips
Millions of private scholarships are offered by private companies, clubs, civic groups, and other organizations. These
awards amount to billions of dollars in scholarship funds to American students each
year! Criteria for private scholarships may be academic in nature, such as a certain
GPA or ACT score, or they may be based on characteristics of you or your family. For
example, you may be able to win a scholarship for being active or taking a leadership
role in a club, choosing a certain major, or for participating in community service
activities. You can find information about many of these private scholarships through
free scholarship search Web sites such as these:
When thinking about where and how to search for scholarships, think outside the box.
The Internet is a great resource, but so are high school counselors, professors, church
youth coordinators and pastors, college financial aid offices and Web sites, and local
Beware of Scams! In your search for money for college, be careful to watch for people who just want
your money. If someone asks you to pay for scholarship information, just say no! The information
is available without charge through other sources, such as your high school counselor
or the above websites.
Scholarship Essay Writing Tips
Yes, part of applying for scholarships will involve writing. Hopefully, your English
professor has taught you all the wonderful skills of writing fluently and professionally.
There is not a magical scholarship essay template. It should be all about you! Below
are a few do's and don'ts.
- Scholarship committees understand that college is expensive and students may or may
not want their parents to pay for it. Many students will place comments like this
in their essays, but we recommend that you focus instead on things that will make
you stand out from the crowd. Picture this: you are sitting at a desk with a pile
of scholarship applications and essays. As you are reading the essays, you make two
stacks: 1) The WOW Stack and 2) The "You're Like Everyone Else" Stack. You want to
be in the WOW stack, so WOW the reader with your essay.
- Include unique details about you! You should be the best advertiser for yourself.
If you are having a tough time, ask your parents, friends, and teachers what they
think about you.
- Guide your essay around the purpose of the scholarship. How does your uniqueness serve
the scholarship's purpose?
- Please, please type your essay unless the application requests a handwritten copy.
Several people will read your essay (once you make it into the WOW! stack), so be
nice to those people and use a crisp black font, 10-12 font size and one inch borders.
These are the basics for document formatting.
- Read and re-read your essay. Be sure several people read it for errors. Give the essay
to people you hardly know and ask them if they would give this person a scholarship!
- Try not to be too lengthy. Unless the criteria suggests that you write 3 to 4 pages,
try to keep your essay to one page.