Buy an accordion file folder
Use the dividers to organize your scholarship application materials.
Keep searching for good prospects and add new files for every scholarship possibility.
One way to organize your portfolio is to create separate sections for items you will need for the application. Listed below is an example of how to organize your files and what documents to include.
- Most recent tax-return
- Financial records you will need to explain your financial circumstances, e.g. utility bills, child care bills, medical expenses
- Your resume
- Academic transcripts
- Financial aid and award notices
- Student Aid Report
- Copy of your FAFSA
- A checklist for your scholarship search
- A copy of your completed sample application
- A copy of every application you have obtained
- Timeline for your scholarship search with every deadline record clearly recorded
- Drafts of your general scholarship essay
- Drafts of essays tailored for particular scholarships
- Back-up disk of your essay(s)
Letters of Reference File:
- Accurate contact information for ever person writing on your behalf
- A list of the dates you contacted them to ask for a letter (so you'll know when it's time to ask again!)
- Copies of all letters received
- Copies of your personal profile