Overview: Applying for scholarships can be exhausting and frustrating. Identifying the type of scholarships for which you are a competitive candidate, preparing scholarship applications, and writing scholarship essays is likely to require many hours of your time. Not only must you engage in many hours of research, you must invest the necessary time required to write high quality scholarship essays and provide thoughtful responses to questions and writing prompts. However, the time and energy spent researching scholarships and writing essays will be squandered if you fail to submit a high quality and error-free scholarship application by posted deadlines, in accordance with the submission instructions, and accompanied by all requested documentation. Even after all of these things are done and applications are submitted, you must develop a followup plan and timeline to ensure that you do not miss mail or email notifications.