Your resume should be one page in length and tailored to each scholarship application. It shouldn’t be longer than a page because agencies go through hundreds of resumes and being concise would be an advantage.
Additionally, your resume should be tailored to the needs of the scholarship objectives if you must decide between your summer working at Publix or being a Team Leader at the Boys and Girls Club …choose the Boys and Girls Club. Being a Team Leader at the Boys and Girls Club symbolizes leadership and a commitment to giving back in your community.
Lastly, in writing your resume read it aloud to make sure it’s clear and captures the message you want to get across. A good example would be the S.T.A.R (Situation, Task, Action, Result) Method in which you can put your experience in terms of an action and result, making it easier to communicate what you’ve done.
Your personal statement should clearly express who you are, what you have accomplished thus far, and where you want to go. I think the “who you are?” question can be somewhat the most difficult question to answer. Finding yourself takes time and you’re constantly changing.
I found it most helpful asking people I trusted such as family members, teachers, and community members I interacted with often what they thought of me and it was astonishing. Things that seemed natural to me like taking the initiative to get stuff done or tracking down an answer to a question I wasn’t sure of stood out to them. I remember applying for a scholarship ages ago and my mom noted she believed I had never met a stranger because I was really friendly as a kid and that quality stuck me into my adulthood in which I have been able so many people from different walks of life and build great relationships and friendships.
In terms of what you have accomplished, I find it easier to keep a constant list of everything that you have done. You could be a senior and that time you made the dean’s list freshman year would still be applicable. I attended a Business Summer Camp my sophomore year of high school and was CEO of an illusory company for a week and I still refer to it; because to me, it’s a reminder of why I majored in business.
Lastly, when you think of where you want to go you should set aside some time and close your eyes and genuinely think about it. When you wake up in the day what time is it? Do you wear a uniform to work? Do you stay at home and work or do you have to go somewhere? When you leave where do you go? Is it an office, a hospital, or somewhere else? How are your co-workers if you have any at all? When you’re sitting on your standing what are you focused on? What makes you excited to come back after the day is over? Lots of questions right… but if you decided to do it, it will be a no-brainer to see what you like and what kind of future you have in mind for yourself. A question to think about as your mapping out your dream future is what will motivate you? Would it be your family, helping your community, your passion because after you land your dream job that’s what makes you stay.
Lastly, Be Yourself in whatever you do. Sometimes in the quest for scholarships, it may seem easier to be someone else to get what you want. But, being someone else becomes harder than you think and can easily be seen by others. In writing and preparing for scholarships interviews let your light shine and embrace what makes you unique from your hobbies, talents, and whatever you do in your free time that makes you smile.