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For many programs, completing scholarship applications online is a mandatory part of the application process. Online scholarship applications can be very convenient and time saving for applicants and scholarship providers.
When applying for a scholarship via an online application, it is in your best interest to type your application and any scholarship essays in a word processing document first, and then copy and paste it into the application form when you are ready to submit the application. This is very important for two reasons.
First, if you type information directly into the online form, and something goes wrong before you are able to submit the form, you are likely to lose all the information that you worked so hard to enter into the form. If you are filling out an online form and your computer loses power or freezes, all of your hard work will be gone. However, if write your answers in a word processor and save frequently while working, you aren't at risk of losing all of your work.
Second, there is a greater risk of having typographical errors when you enter information directly into a form instead of a word processor with an automated spell check function. One of the worst things an applicant can do is submit a scholarship application that has typographical errors in it. Type your information in a word processor, print it, proofread it, and then have someone else proofread it. When you are sure that it is error free, copy and paste it into your online form and hit the submit button.
Remember that submitting your application online doesn't mean that you actually have to compose it online. By taking the time to work offline first, you will protect yourself form unexpected data loss and have a better chance of submitting and error-free application form.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|