Tips for preparing your scholarship application
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.
Before you submit your application, it is recommended that you check:
- Your grammar and spelling
- You have answered all applicable questions
- The application is complete
- All requested supporting documentation is included and in the correct format.
If you have any questions about your application, contact the Scholarships Office for advice.
It is recommended that you apply for all the scholarships you appear to be eligible for.
You may be allowed to hold an industry funded scholarship, a continuing Curtin funded scholarship, and other one-off scholarships at the same time.
Before you submit your application, you are encouraged to contact or drop into the Scholarships Office if you have any queries. The Scholarships Office can advise you about any sections of the application or document requirements that you may be experiencing difficulties with.
If you are applying for an industry scholarship you should research the company that is offering the scholarship.
You should find out:
- what the company does
- the values and beliefs
- how you might fit into the company
- if vacation work is offered.
This will be very useful for your selection criteria statement and interview (if the company chooses to hold interviews), as the question “what do you know about our company?” is often asked.
It is highly recommended that you seek advice when preparing your resume.
For many scholarships you will be asked to provide a copy of your resume. Getting help may help your application stand out to the selection panel.
Scholarship applications are normally open for at least 4 weeks to allow you to take your time in formulating your answers. You are encouraged to start early so that you have time to structure a well written statement and a well-rounded application. Merit scholarships can be very competitive and often only one scholarship is awarded.
You are encouraged to provide as much information as you are comfortable with supplying, especially in the personal statement. Your application can only be assessed on the information provided, so missing information may affect the outcome of your application.