Scholarship Application Tips

Ready to knock your scholarship application out of the park?

You've come to the right place. You'll find simple tips below that will take your application to the next level. And remember, when applying to any scholarship through the Berrien Community Foundation, your application must be typed and a copy of the first page of your FASFA SAR (containing your EFC) needs to be attached to each application.



Follow Directions!

Pay attention to the "Application Instructions" page. Submit everything needed in the order that is listed. Don't staple anything! Use paperclips instead.
Type out your entire application, unless otherwise specifically instructed.


Answer every question!

Never leave a question blank! Even if your answer is to just briefly explain why you aren't answering.


Create quality documents!

Type all your forms unless otherwise specified. Don't use stained or crumpled paper.
Make sure everything is single-sided.


But don't get too fancy!

When submitting your application, it is unnecessary to use thick, fancy paper. We often must scan the packets and thick paper can get destroyed in the feeder.


Sign on the line!

Make sure you and your parent or guardian sign the signature page.
Try to make that a separate page from the rest of your application.


Watch your deadlines!

Mail your application BEFORE the due date! Applications must be received on or at least post-marked by the due date.
If you know something is going to be late, let us know! 


Ask for help early!

Scholarship applications are generally available at least 2 months before the due date. If you need to ask questions or request help in some way, you are far more likely to get help when the due date is 2 weeks from now instead of 2 hours from now.


Find a proofreader!

Don't let little mistakes ruin your submission. Find a friend or teacher to read your application and have them look for any typos, missed words or missing documents.


Read all about it!

If you are unsure of something, it is ok to call or email us to ask. But remember to read through the whole application first!


Keep on the lookout!

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  • Type your entire application
  • Print it single-sided on regular copy paper
  • Sign the signature page
  • Paperclip the entire application together - NO staples
  • Mail to BCF by the due date