Scholarships are usually monetary awards given to students by an organization or donor to help pay for their education. Students must meet the criteria set by either the organization or donor to receive money, such as pursuing a certain program of study, having financial need, or being an exemplary student.
The first place for Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) students to look for scholarships should be theLWTech Foundation. The Foundation offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships to students in the fall and spring of each academic year.
These scholarships are open to students enrolled or enrolling at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.
Joining the Beta Iota Tau chapter of PTK allows students access to scholarships that may help them complete their educational goals.
LWTech is happy to accept scholarship funds from outside agencies and apply them to your LWTech account. If you have questions about how to search for outside scholarships we encourage you to meet one on one with a staff member from student services such as your advisor or from the financial aid office.
Deadlines vary for each scholarship, so you can find scholarships to apply for year-round. However, the majority of scholarships are designed to provide funding for students starting classes in fall, so many deadlines are in spring or earlier. In general, you should start looking for scholarships six to nine months before you will need the funding.
Most scholarships attract more applicants than there are awards, so it is important to make sure you meet the scholarship criteria before you apply. Advice for making your scholarship applications the best it can be is available through our Scholarships Essay Tips below.
At LWTech, notify the Financial Aid office so that we can apply your scholarship to your account and work with the scholarship agency if necessary.
DO: Make sure your essay has no spelling and grammar errors.
DO: Write an engaging and coherent essay.
DO: Be positive and concentrate on your strengths. If you must discuss something negative, focus on what you learned and how that applies to your future.
DO: Include concrete examples to illustrate your main points and show your strengths.
DO: Type your essay and have someone else proofread, such as English faculty in the Learning Commons Tutoring Center.
DO: Read the directions carefully. Follow any formatting guidelines exactly.
DON'T: Go overboard in details about yourself or a particular point. Keep your writing succinct and relevant to the question(s) asked.
DON'T: Write a list of activities, awards, or accomplishments. Choose the ones that are most important and share the most relevant information about you.
DON'T: Try to be funny. You don't want to take the risk they won't get the joke.
DON'T: Write what you think the committee wants to hear.
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