Importance of Advising
Perhaps the most important recommendation for students pursuing a scholarship process is to get good advising. Close advising is the essential factor that determines a successful outcome. Scholarship advisers have nuanced knowledge of the application processes for the various scholarships, and these can be very idiosyncratic. Advisers also often have longstanding relationships with the scholarship and fellowship foundations and organizations and, most important, with the people who direct them. In addition, they have experience, from prior years, of what works and what does not.