Apr 2016 Some Secrets for Scholarship Success
The following article was written by lady taildragger pilot and LLT Scholarship Committee member, Kelly Jeffries. Kelly flies captain for American Airlines and is a proud RV8 owner.
Some Secrets for Scholarship Success
This unsolicited article is for all of you out there that have either applied for a LLT scholarshipÂ and didn’t get one, or, you are thinking of applying. In fact, what I’m going to say can be usedÂ for any scholarship or job application. Let me first qualify this by saying that I have been on theÂ LLT Scholarship board since the beginning and have read some amazing applications. I haveÂ also been on other scholarship boards for other organizations. And I have applied for a lot ofÂ scholarships and won a few.
First off, this may sound basic, but spelling counts. And spell check doesn’t count. Your wordsÂ can be spelled correctly but could be the wrong words. Have a real live person read yourÂ application. For example, a good friend read over my resume and then asked me, “so how longÂ were you in the Untied States Navy?” Good grief. Glad she caught that.
Second, save emoticons for texts. Really, I have seen this. You can be enthusiastic without aÂ smiley face emoji. Find words to express your enthusiasm and don’t use high brow adjectivesÂ that you really don’t understand.
Third, fill in all the blanks. The last block on the LLT scholarship gives you an opportunity to sayÂ anything to the panel of judges. Use it.
Fourth, what are you going to do with this scholarship? Please tell me that you are going to useÂ this scholarship not only to improve your personal skills, but to help others. And if you say youÂ are going to fly Girl Scouts or volunteer to fly in Alaska, you better do it. This is your chance to payÂ it forward. Believe it or not, we are all ambassadors. Think of the little girl that sees a womanÂ flying a plane for the first time. That is powerful stuff.
And finally, toot your own horn, loudly. Women by nature don’t brag on themselves. Moms bragÂ on their kids but not on themselves. An application is not the place to be modest or shy. Don’tÂ exaggerate, just strongly state.
I wish everyone could win a scholarship but LLT doesn’t have an unlimited budget. If you haveÂ applied before and didn’t win, there’s nothing preventing you from applying again. I commendÂ all of you that have applied for these scholarships; it isn’t an easy task. I look forward to seeingÂ you at the airport.