We know that applying for scholarships can be overwhelming. Here are some tips and resources that you might find helpful.
On this page:
Writing an effective scholarship essay
Letters of recommendation
Thank you letters
Avoiding scholarship scams
Scholarships and financial aid
Scholarships and taxes
Scholarship search engines
Scholarship resources for foster youth
Scholarship resources for international students
Scholarship resources for undocumented students
Most scholarship applications will require that you write an essay explaining who you are (your background, goals, and future plans) and why you deserve the scholarship. Here are our tips for writing an effective scholarship essay.
Scholarship organizations often request that applicants submit letters of recommendation. Typically, they ask for one to three letters that should be from faculty, community leaders, or employers. Make sure you read the application thoroughly for the number of letters required and specific guidelines. For additional tips, please refer to our Letter of Recommendation Checklist.
Scholarships are made possible through generous donations from individuals, families, organizations, businesses, and corporations. Although not required, a thank you letter not only recognizes the value of the scholarship contribution but also encourages continued support for scholarship programs. For guidelines and tips for writing a thank you letter, please refer to our Thank you letter tips.
Be careful of scholarship scams. For more information about avoiding scholarship scams, please refer to Tips for avoiding scholarship scams.
It is required that all scholarship awards be reported to the Financial Aid Office of the college you are currently enrolled at or will be attending. Scholarships are considered financial resources that offset the costs of attending college and are considered as part of the student's financial aid package if the student is receiving a financial aid.
Scholarships may or may not be taxable by the IRS. For more information about scholarships and taxes, please refer to the Scholarship and taxes information.
Scholarship search engines are a great way for students to easily find scholarships they qualify for. Please note that DVC does not endorse or recommend any particular organizations, points of view, products, or services offered by these outside sites and does not assume responsibility for the information listed. Students should carefully review all scholarship information.
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