Tips and Tricks to Apply for Scholarships

August 23, 2019

As the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) fall scholarship deadline is fast-approaching, we encourage each National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) member to apply for the scholarship offerings available. While filling out those scholarship applications, here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

Your application

  • Understand the requirements of the scholarship and identify how you represent that scholarship
  • Tailor your application to reflect the scholarship’s requirements — it’s okay to use specific words and short phrases from the scholarship requirements in your answers!
  • Elaborate in your remarks — as your English teacher says, “Show, not tell!”
  • Show your knowledge and experience by including specific details in answers — avoid generic statements
  • Include involvement in industry, community, state and national associations — being well-rounded is important

Recommendation letters

  • Show enthusiastic support of the applicant
  • Indicate in-depth understanding of the experience and dedication of the candidate
  • Relate specifically to the scholarship of interest

Presentation during interviews

  • Talk slow, smooth and clear
  • Have a strong/confident presence and make eye contact
  • Dress to impress
  • Show your passion, be yourself
  • Start and end with a solid hand shake
  • Be prepared — bring extra copies of your supporting documents (application, resumé, etc.)

Answering questions

  • Study the scholarship ahead of time to properly answer questions on scholarship
  • Expand on answers to questions that are asked — this is your chance to elaborate on details from your application
  • Provide confident and clear answers to questions
  • Always use correct and appropriate grammar
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions that can expand your presence and understanding — write down at least two questions about the scholarship and bring them to the interview

For more information on fall scholarships and to apply, visit Hereford.org/youth/scholarship-opportunities/.