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Below you will find invaluable tips for lodging a competitive scholarship application at Curtin University.

Merit scholarship application tips

1. Get the application in early

A lot of students leave their scholarship application until the last minute and submit it on the closing date. Although the application will still be accepted, if you experience any issues submitting your application, you will not have a chance to troubleshoot and ensure you can submit it before the closing date.

2. For industry scholarships, research is key

If students are applying for an industry scholarship they should research the company who are offering the scholarship to understand what the company does, their values and beliefs, and how the student might fit into the company if vacation work is offered. This is very important for the selection criteria statement, along with the interview (if the company chooses to hold interviews), as the question "what do you know about our company?" is often asked.

The Careers Centre at Curtin offers help to students when preparing for an interview. This can consist of interview tips, mock interviews and advice. For more information about this, please visit the Curtin Careers Centre.

All future students will need to use the Department of Training and Workforce Development website as the Careers Centre is only available to current Curtin students.

3. Get resume/CV advice

The Curtin Careers Centre offers advice to students about how to format their CV and also what information should and should not feature in a CV. The Scholarships Office highly recommends that students take advantage of this service as a majority of the merit scholarships require students to hand in a CV or resume and accessing this service may make a student's application stand out to the selection panel.

All future students will need to use the Department of Training and Workforce Development website as the Careers Centre is only available to current Curtin students.

4. Take time to complete your application

Scholarship applications are normally open for at least 4 weeks to allow students to take their time in formulating their answers. Students are encouraged to start early so that they have time to structure a well written statement and a well-rounded application as merit scholarships can be very competitive and often only one scholarship is awarded.

5. Check over the application before submitting it

Before students submit their application it is recommended that they double check the application for grammar/spelling, that all applicable questions have been answered, and that the application is complete. If a student is unsure or has any questions about their application it is recommended that they contact the Scholarships Office for advice.

Need scholarship application tips

1. Get the application in early

A lot of students leave their scholarship application until the last minute and submit it on the closing date. Although the application will still be accepted, if you experience any issues submitting your application, you will not have a chance to troubleshoot and ensure you can submit it before the closing date.

2. Check the application is complete

Before submitting their application, it is recommended that students double check that they have completed all of the questions applicable to them and submitted all necessary documentation to support their application. Also, it is important to ensure you have followed the instruction with the documentation requirements.

Students with missing documentation or missing information will be made ineligible.

3. Apply for as many scholarships as possible

Many students will only apply for one scholarship during the semester when they are actually eligible for a number of them. The Scholarships Office recommends that students have a good look through the Scholarships website and apply for as many scholarships as they appear to be eligible for.

Normally students are allowed to hold one industry funded, one continuing Curtin funded, and perhaps a number of one-off scholarships at the same time.

4. Include as much information as possible

Students are encouraged to provide as much information as they are comfortable with supplying especially in the personal statement, as the Scholarships Office is unable to presume facts or information and can only assess based on the information provided in the application.

5. Ask questions; don't just guess

Students are encouraged to contact the Scholarships Office or come into the office with any queries before submitting their application. The Scholarships Office can advise you about any sections of the application or document requirements that you may be experiencing difficulties with.