Scholarship Tip Tuesdays

Tip # 6 – Extracurricular activities.

This might take more creativity this year.  Extracurricular activities are meaningful activities you do outside of the classroom – school clubs, sports, community service, work and church.

With gathering curtailed this year, consider some non-traditional activities.

  • Did you make masks?
  • Learn to cook or crochet?
  • Develop a video game?
  • Create a blog/vlog about a subject your passionate about?
  • Write notes of encouragement to care workers?

Consider all of the ways you spend time outside of the classroom and share those that allowed you to make a difference in the community and/or learn new skills.  If you still have space available after completing activities in the past year, keep moving backward throughout your high school and/or undergraduate years.  More tips and ideas on award winning scholarship applications at


Tip #5 – Letters of reference are a valuable part of your application.

A few key pieces to keep in mind:

  • Request letters from people who know you well and can expand on the information in your application with stories and anecdotes about your values, such as work-ethic, family and/or community commitment. Ideas: youth minister, team coach, employer/supervisor, club mentor, teacher, counselor
  • Provide letters writers with adequate time to do a good job for you. A good rule is to provide a minimum of three weeks.
  • Letters of reference are one tool you have to share information with the selection committee that you want them to know but don’t have another chance to share in your application.

More at   Check out the course titled Standing Out.  Here you’ll find more on letters of reference.



Tip #4 – Academics and your scholarship application.

Grades are important but they mean more than your cumulative GPA.  It’s the story your grades tell.  Be sure to explain your grades on your application.  Did you or your family go through a hard time that resulted in a term with lower grades?  Do you have a learning disability you’re working on overcoming?  Maybe school does not come easily for you, but you have maintained high grades by forgoing other activities and prioritizing academics. These are all factors review committees will consider, if they know.  It’s up to you to share your story.  A common reason for disqualification occurs when students do not submit official transcripts. Make sure you know the requirements of the application you’re submitting.  If official transcripts are required, you need to provide your school lead time to get those submitted on time.  More at  Check out Course #3 – Standing Out.


Tip #3 – Manage First Impressions!

When completing your scholarship application, be sure to capitalize all proper nouns, including your name, street address, city and state.  The first section of an application commonly contains your contact information.  Make sure this first section communicates professionalism and responsibility.  Names that begin with a lower case first letter appear lazy or completed in a rush.  Include a professional email address and make sure your phone voicemail is turned on and has a proper outgoing message recorded.



Tip #2 – Organize Your Information!

When you have done your research and know which scholarships you will apply for, create a reference guide of all the applications you have/will apply for, each application deadline, and the attachments you will need to request. This will help you save time and make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines. Most scholarship applications tightly follow the posted deadlines and exceptions are not made for late items.  Each year WAEF disqualifies a significant number of applicants because they didn’t follow instructions.

Check out the information in the WAEF scholarship resources website under the Tips and Tricks curriculum for help with using your time wisely.


Tip #1 – Just Get Started!

There are just 75 days until our scholarship deadline! Sometimes, getting started is the hardest step. Click here to start your application! You will need to answer five quick prequalifying questions before you begin filling out the official application.  Once in, fill in all of the easy parts then make a plan to divide up the remaining sections.  Likely, if you give yourself

an hour today to JUST GET STARTED you’ll find your nearly half-way to the finish line.   If you have questions regarding our scholarships or where to find them, contact us at 509-663-7713 or via email at

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