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How to prepare a strong scholarship application

Prepare and write your scholarship application with confidence

A scholarship application introduces us to who you are and what you have achieved. While all scholarship applications are different, here is our general advice for preparing your undergraduate scholarship application.

Before you apply 

  • Do your research: set some time aside to read through the scholarships website to find out about the range of scholarships on offer, and come along to events like Open Day to ask lots of questions and find out which options are available to you.
  • Get advice: Ask your parents and teachers to help you with your scholarship choices, navigating the admission criteria, and preparing your personal statement for your application (where applicable). 
  • Get involved: Keep track of or revisit your involvement in school, community and extracurricular activities, so you can include these details in your scholarship application. 

Preparing your application

  • Plan ahead: Don't leave it until the last minute, as you may need to gather information to support your application. For example, you will need your most recent school report in PDF format for a Sydney Scholars Award application. 
  • Show us who you are: Some scholarships ask you to complete a personal statement - this tells us about your academic and non-academic achievement, pursuits and goals. What do you aspire to do or be? Tell us about your passions. 
  • Keep it strong and simple: Keep your application concise, stick to the world limit, and answer questions clearly. Only submit supporting documents where required to back up your statements of accomplishment.  

Before you submit

Check, check and check again. Make sure you thoroughly proofread your application, checking for spelling, grammar mistakes and word counts. Get somebody else to proofread your application as well. 

Submitting

Once you're ready, submit your application. If you wish to revise it later, don't worry - you can submit a new one, however no changes can be made after the closing date. You'll receive an email confirmation once you've successfully submitted an application. 

What happens next? 

Once you submit your scholarship you can relax and look forward to your university adventure. We will keep you updated on the progress of your appliation, so be sure to keep an eye on your email. For any questions, please email us at scholarships.office@sydney.edu.au.

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the scholarships available at the University of Sydney, come and talk with us at Open Day, Saturday 31 August. Register now

9 August 2019

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  • 1st in Australia for graduate employability
  • $84 million in scholarships offered to our students every year
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  • 200+ clubs and societies to enrich your child's student experience
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