Most students take the time to proofread scholarship applications and essays looking for typos and grammar mistakes. This is good practice and should be a habit. The problem comes when our eyes have read the same material several times and start to fill in or correct mistakes without us even realizing it. In other words, we skip over our own typos when reading our own familiar words.
This is why having at least two sets of eyes, other than our own, proofread all parts of a scholarship application is critical to catching mistakes and making sure the content is clear and the essay question is answered completely. Students can ask parents, teachers, school counselors, grandparents, and other trusted adults to carefully read over their work before mailing or submitting online.
For online scholarship applications, all sections should be printed out before proofreading.
Mailed scholarship applications should be copied and the copies given to the proofreaders, keeping the original copy clean and wrinkle-free. Don’t let typos or grammar mistakes propel your scholarship applications into the reject pile!
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
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