How to write a scholarship resume
If you are applying for scholarships, you may encounter the request for a scholarship resume. Whether you are applying for a private scholarship or a college-specific merit scholarship, you should include all materials — including a scholarship resume — that are recommended by the application or scholarship committee.
In this guide, we will talk about the following:
- What is a scholarship resume?
- Why do scholarships ask for a resume?
- Scholarship resume templates
- How to write your scholarship resume
- What not to include in a scholarship resume?
What is a scholarship resume?
A resume is a summary of your achievements and accomplishments. For students applying for scholarships, this would include information about your academic history, as well as your extracurricular activities and involvements. All of this information should be summarized in a thoughtful one-page document.
The tricky thing about writing a resume is that you will need to keep it concise and focused on the most important pieces of information. After all, many scholarship committee members may be scanning your resume in a minute or less! The good news is that we are here to help you write an awesome resume to use in your scholarship or admissions applications.
Why do scholarships ask for a resume?
You might be wondering: “why do scholarship committees want to see my resume?” This is a fair question, and in my experience as an admissions officer and scholarship committee member, the resume is helpful because it helps explain your activities and accomplishments in more detail. A resume also helps organize everything in a more logical, clear way (assuming that the student has a logical, organized resume).
Scholarship resume templates
A strong scholarship resume starts with solid organization. This is where a scholarship resume template can be incredible useful. If you are looking for a scholarship resume template, Google Docs is a great place to start. We also love Google Docs, because it allows your resume to be a “living” document that you can continue to update!
Once you choose your template, you will be able to fill out the details. The template is essentially a framework to help showcase who you are and what your experience are.
How to write your scholarship resume
Once you have chosen a template, you can begin to write your scholarship resume. When writing your scholarship resume, there are a few critical areas that you need to cover:
This includes your name, location, and contact information (usually email and phone number).
What schools have you attended? Where are the schools located? This also includes your academic history including GPA, class rank, notable AP or honors classes, and test scores.
Include specific organizations, dates when you were involved in the organization, leadership positions, and a brief description of the impact you made.
Involvement outside of school
Involvement outside of school can include your work and volunteering history. Again, be specific about organizations/companies, dates, positions, and a brief description of the work or impact.
Honors and awards
Generally, we recommend that students should only include honors and awards that were received in high school.
What not to include in a scholarship resume?
The biggest mistake that I see students making on their resumes is including information that is outdated. If you are a high school senior, you should absolutely not be including any experiences or information from middle school or earlier.
Remember, the scholarship committee is using your resume to predict the future as they imagine the type of impact that you will make in the world as a college student and alum. The most recent information will give them more relevant information to see who you will become.
Bottom line for students
A resume is a very useful way to communicate your experiences and achievements in both the admissions and scholarship application processes. As a bonus, you will save yourself work down the line when applying for jobs and internships as you’ll have a resume that’s ready (and as we mentioned, Google Docs makes it extremely easy to update your resume as you add new experiences).