Advice about Scholarship Applications
Look broadly. There are scholarships available through the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, through many departments, in some deans' offices, In as well as through the Office of Graduate Studies.
Read it and do exactly what the particular application asks you to do - on time.
File the FAFSA even if you don't think you are eligible for Federal Financial Aid. All programs administered in our office require the FAFSA to be filed if the award uses financial need as a basis for decision.
Make yourself a real person to the selection committee, rather than just a paper application:
- Provide details about yourself that are relevant to the goals of the particular scholarship program (this does not include your whole life history-be selective)
- Be brief and interesting in your own statements; scholarship selection committees have to look at lots of applications, so make yourself memorable with a very short story, but don't be cutesy
- Address the particular goals of the individual program
- Check your grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.
- For our programs, we will also accept recommendations from employers or community service supervisors, but we still want them to evaluate your likely ability to perform academically/intellectually at the graduate level (to the extent they can make that evaluation)
- Pick recommenders who can give details about exactly why you are uniquely qualified for this award (you might have to give them some suggestions about this)
The 2016-2017 on-line application is be available at Scholarship Manager.
"Likelihood of winning?"
We can't predict this for you, but we can say it is probably better than the lottery. This depends on the particular applicant pool and the funds available for each award program at the time awards are made.
Not to be redundant, but...
Read the and do exactly what the particular application asks you to do - on time.