Guidelines for Scholarship Applications

May 14, 2020

Scholarships

Scholarship applications take time and require effort. However, in the past, some people have been awarded more than one so the effort can be well rewarded. A little time now can save hours of working (washing dishes etc!) to earn extra income in the future.

 

Check regularly for available scholarships:

  • On tertiary institution websites
  • On Databases (see links on Iona Careers website)

 

You will be notified of other scholarship opportunities as information comes to hand.

 

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NOTE:

    Check closing dates carefully and ensure that you provide all required information and    documentation. 

    Approach referees at least two weeks, maybe more, before the reference is due.

   References are confidential – in other words, you do not see them as referees send them directly to the organisation.

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Tips for completing applications

  • Choose referees carefully – ones who are appropriate to the criteria stated in the application instructions.       (See information below re references.)
  • If documents are requested, provide them in the order requested.
  • Do not send original documents. Send verified copies * (See end of guidelines.)
  • If you are handwriting the application, use the same pen and style of handwriting throughout.
  • Have someone proofread your personal statement. 
  • Only provide a CV if it is requested.
  • Allow plenty of time for postal delivery. Late applications are not accepted. The cut off time is usually 5pm on the closing date.
  • Check to make sure you have completed all sections and included all information requested.
  • See Writing a Personal Statement under the Resources tab

    Writing a Personal Statement


 

References

You will need references when you are applying for:

  • jobs 
  • courses 
  • scholarships. 

(Note:   References for hostels are completed by the school and sent directly to the appropriate institutions. So there is NO NEED TO FIND A REFEREE for hostel applications.)

 

References are “confidential” – in other words you are not able to see them. This means that the person completing it will send it directly to whomever has requested a reference.

 

Start thinking about whom you could ask. Principal, Dean, teachers, coaches, employers are common examples. Different referees may be required for different applications. For example, if you are applying for a sports scholarship, then your coach may be a relevant choice. Whereas an academic scholarship might be your Dean; a leadership scholarship, the principal.

 

Please give the referee plenty of notice – they need time to think carefully about the wonderful things they can write about you! Give them all the details of the reason for your request:

 

  • The criteria of the scholarship.
  • When it is due.
  • Where to send it. (Some are now done by email request to the referee.)
  • Thank them for their time.

 

*Verified Copies (outside of lockdown!)

To obtain a verified copy, you must take BOTH the original document AND copy/copies you have made to a Justice of the Peace or School Principal (except for documents going to Auckland or Otago Universities who specify a JP). They will stamp and sign the copies to verify that they are genuine copies. You can then send the copy to support your application.

JPs are available at pre-scheduled, regular times at local libraries or their homes if you make a personal arrangement. Please thank them for their time.

It is advisable to have your birth certificate or front page of your passport verified and also your ROA. If you are likely to apply to more than one institution, get more than one copy verified. You CANNOT COPY a verified copy.

Check with Mrs Blake if you are unsure about copies.