Review your list but don't feel like you have to apply for every scholarship. You'll enjoy better results if you compare and rank every opportunity then focus on scholarships that match you best. How you compare and rank these scholarships is up to you. Evaluate whether or not you qualify for scholarships based on an honest inventory of each scholarship’s eligibility requirements.
Eligibility is often the first consideration during scholarship committee reviews. Applicants who fail to meet all eligibility requirements are often immediately discarded and not considered further. If you don’t meet one or more of a scholarship’s requirements, skip it and apply your time toward other scholarship opportunities.
Do you have a realistic amount of time to gather your application materials, many of which can include recommendations, a written exam or essay? Give your references ample time to write you a thoughtful recommendation and give yourself enough time to write a well-thought-out essay then have it reviewed by a trusted advisor or teacher.
Look at what each scholarship requires in order to apply and make a checklist. Are you able to gather recommendations? Are you willing to sit down and write an essay response to a scholarship question? Does the application require a copy of your high school transcript? Make sure you have these items ready before deciding to apply for a scholarship.
Number of Awards Offered
The more scholarships that an organization awards, the more likely your chances are of receiving one. If you still find your list of potential scholarships is overwhelming, try narrowing down your applications by applying for those that award more students.
You can narrow your search even further by focusing your time and efforts on the larger scholarships first. Then, if you have time, go back and apply for the smaller ones.