On average, 640 students receive more than $800,000 in OTC scholarships each year. That’s a lot of dough. Would you like to be one of those students? Good news: starting Friday, Sept. 1, you can apply for OTC’s 2017 spring semester scholarships. If you’re ready to apply, click HERE.

Need more information, or maybe just a few tips? Read on.

Choose a scholarship

There are two types of scholarships available: OTC Institutional scholarships and OTC Foundation scholarships. Institutional scholarships are provided by the college. These scholarships act as tuition waivers, which simply means a portion of your tuition and fees are taken care of by OTC. Foundation scholarships are a little different — these scholarships are private gifts from local donors.

Put effort into essays

Whether you’re applying for an institutional scholarship or a foundation scholarship, the scholarship essay is very important component of your application.

First, you’ll need to explain how the scholarship will help you financially. Be specific. How will this scholarship directly benefit you and your education? What needs will it fulfill?

Next, you’ll need to indicate your commitment to your educational journey. What do you hope to accomplish at OTC? What are your long-term goals?

Remember, a solid scholarship essay will help set you apart from the competition. Take your time. Really reflect on your needs and goals, and ― as always ― check for proper spelling and grammar. If you need help with your essay, be sure to visit the Carol Jones Writing Center.

Be positive

If someone is going to win fee money, it might as well be you. Distinguish yourself from the other applicants and take the process seriously. It’s also good to apply no matter what; several scholarships only receive a handful of applicants each semester, so the likelihood of receiving an award might be greater than you expect. Check out our infographic below to view some other interesting information.

Are you ready to get started? Click HERE to apply.

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