APPLY: Five Tips for Creating a Successful Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application

Sigma Tau Delta provides numerous scholarship opportunities each year for undergraduate, graduate, and alumni members. These scholarships are valued at up to $5,000 each, with over $100,000 in scholarships, awards, and grants offered annually. All applications are processed through AwardSpring, which will automatically let you know what scholarships you are eligible for, making sure you don’t miss any opportunities!

Use the following tips to prepare a complete and polished scholarship application. Just remember to APPLY!

Acquire your recommendation letters early.

Each candidate for a scholarship must provide two letters of recommendation. At least one of these letters must come from an English Department Faculty member. When applying for a scholarship, be aware of the application deadline and give yourself plenty of time to request letters. Be sure to check with the faculty or other mentors who will be writing your letters. Ask people who know you and who can personalize the letters, helping you to stand out during the selection process.

Plan to meet all requirements.

Along with their two recommendation letters, all scholarship applicants must present a current, unofficial electronic copy of their most recent college transcripts. Each scholarship may have other specific requirements that can be found here. Students can apply for more than one scholarship, but in order to be eligible for an award, applicants must meet all criteria.

Prepare all materials ahead of time.

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your materials. Be sure to proofread all your materials, to submit them in the proper places in AwardSpring, and to check that your recommenders submit their letters on time. Doing this ensures that you create a complete application that can be judged fairly and that gives you the best chance of receiving a scholarship.

Former Sigma Tau Delta Scholarship recipients Kaitlynn Sass, Therese Holzapfel, and Samantha Beal at the Red & Black Gala during the 2018 Convention.

Learn from others.

Ask for advice when completing applications from those who have done it before. The Scholarships and Awards Committee chair, Student Leaders, Regents, chapter officers, chapter Advisors, and alumni members may have great advice about assembling a winning application. Find people who have been through the process and who are very familiar with it, and allow them to help lead you toward success!

Yearn for success!

After the application is submitted, take a moment to be proud of the work you put in and look forward to hearing the results. Even if your application is not selected, be aware that there are always new awards and opportunities to apply for next year.

KSassKaitlynn Sass
Student Advisor, 2018-2020
Xi Xi Chapter
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA


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Scholarships, Awards, and Grants Offered by Sigma Tau Delta

The spring round opens on March 1, 2019 and closes on April 8.

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