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Monday, July 9, 2012

Making Deadlines, or, the Sure-Fire Way to Disqualify Your Scholarship Application

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There is one sure-fire way your scholarship will never get chosen. 
Miss the deadline.

There is a caveat, however. You need to know the deadline. “Well, that’s silly,” you cry, “of course I know the deadline?” Fine.

Postmark or arrive-by?

Yeah, I thought so. There is a tremendous difference between the two. Some scholarships have a postmark date, meaning, if it’s to be postmarked June 1, as long as the office slams its little stamp on there on June 1, no matter how many days it takes to actually arrive, your application is safe.

However, some scholarships have an arrive-by deadline, meaning, if it’s June 1, your application has to be in their hands by June 1. This is harder for you to plan for, because what if the post office is slow? What if it gets lost in the mail? What if there is a holiday on the day you were going to send it? What if your car runs out of gas on the way to the mailbox? 

Indiana Jones may have been able to speed across continents in a matter of seconds, but your mailed scholarship application is not nearly so cool. Or fast.

So know the deadline, because you want all your applications accepted if you’re going to fund college through scholarships.