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Understand the Details of the Application Process

The best way to make yourself competitive for prestigious scholarships and fellowships is to familiarize yourself early with the application process and make a long range plan. Although many scholarships are for post-graduate study, you can start preparing for the application process as early as your freshman year. Many scholarships require the applicant to be endorsed by the university; therefore it is essential to establish a relationship with the Ogden Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising. You do NOT have to be enrolled in the Honors College to utilize the Office of Fellowship Advising or receive institution endorsement for a fellowship.

Use the timelines below as a general guideline for preparing your application. An individual timeline can be arranged for any scholarship; Contact the Office of Fellowship Advising to set up an appointment, and let us help you plan to succeed. 

Timeline for Scholarships with Fall Deadlines

  • Winter/Spring prior to application deadline – Visit the scholarship website to download an application. Ensure your eligibility and begin thinking about your proposed plan of study.
  • March/April – Attend a Fellowship Information Session. Notify the Office of Fellowship Advising about your intention to apply. A meeting will be arranged to discuss your study plans and to offer advice for improving your resume and beginning the application process.

  • May – Three tasks:  1) Determine your proposed plan of study. 2) Begin a draft of your personal statement. 3) Establish who will be writing your letters of recommendation. Provide them with your resume, personal statement, proposed plan of study, and any other relevant material.

  • Summer – Submit drafts for review. Spend the summer improving your resume through community service and leadership activities. This will give you a decisive advantage. Revise all your application materials as discussed.

  • September – Submit a revised draft of your application to the Office of Fellowship Advising. A meeting will be arranged to discuss your progress. Check on the progress of your recommenders and provide them with an updated resume, personal statement, and proposed plan of study. Ensure that they are aware of the deadline.

  • September/October – New drafts of your application essays will be due weekly. Recommendation letters should be submitted to the Office of Fellowship Advising at least two weeks before the official deadline. Review individual scholarship deadlines.

  • Many scholarships require the Office of Fellowship Advising to approve your application before submission. Therefore, you should ensure that the Office of Fellowship Advising receives your completed application well before the official deadline.

Timeline for Scholarships with Spring Deadlines

  • Summer/Fall year prior to application deadline – Visit the scholarship website to download an application. Ensure your eligibility and begin thinking about your proposed plan of study.
  • September – Attend a Fellowship Information Session for potential applicants. Notify the Office of Fellowship Advising about your intention to apply. A meeting will be arranged to discuss your study plans and offer advice for improving your resume and beginning the application process.
  • October – Three tasks: 1) Determine your program of study/research. 2) Begin a draft of your application and essays.  3) Establish who will be writing your letters of reference. Provide them with drafts of your resume, personal statement, program of study, and any other relevant information. 

  • October/November – Submit drafts for review. Spend the summer improving your resume through community service and leadership activities. This will give you a decisive advantage. Revise all your application materials as discussed.

  • January  – Submit revised drafts of the application essays to the Office of Fellowship Advising.  A meeting will be arranged to review your progress. Check on the progress of your recommenders and provide them with an updated resume, personal statement, and proposed plan of study. Ensure that they are aware of the deadline.

  • January/February – New drafts of the application essays will be due weekly. Recommendation letters should be submitted at least two weeks before the official deadline. Letters of recommendation must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the official deadline. Review application deadlines.

  • Ensure that the Office of Fellowship Advising receives your completed application well before the application deadline.