A strong applicant has maximized their undergraduate experience. Here are some suggestions:
- Take challenging courses
GPA is important but so is the range and difficulty level of study, including courses outside your major.
- Build strong communication skills
Essays and interviews are an integral part of the scholarship application process. Fortunately, many of our liberal arts courses will help you develop the skills to construct a well-written or spoken argument.
- Seek internships or volunteer experience
Preferably in your field or related. This can begin in your Freshmen year with Community Learning but should continue and evolve in nature.
Don’t forget the summer can also be a time to gain additional experiences.
- Study abroad
If possible, take advantage of study abroad or travel opportunities.
- Extra/Co-curricular activities
Get involved in organizations, whatever resonates with you.
Demonstrate your leadership abilities, make things happen. This does not only mean having a title; can you point to an accomplishment you initiated?
Apply for smaller scholarships, essay contests. The more often you write personal statements, the better they should become.
- Start early!
Research potential scholarships and fellowships and begin the application process early.
Take advantage of research opportunities or creative projects with faculty or outside the college.
What are your goals, what have you accomplished? Think about getting from “HERE” to “THERE”.
- Know people
Take or create opportunities to meet faculty, staff and other students. Actively build out your network.
- Explore your knowledge
Read books outside of your course, newspapers, professional journals. All of these sources will become a reservoir of ideas, inspiration and information.