Want to learn how to win scholarships? Winners are passionate about their work. At UB, we are committed to helping you capitalize on your strengths and find your niche by providing you with the tools and guidance you need to succeed.
Scholarship winners have strong academic credentials. Winners typically have GPAs that are 3.5 and higher. In addition to good grades, scholarship winners have robust academic resumes.
Having strong faculty mentors is critical for success with scholarships. Distinguish yourself positively with your faculty in class, attend office hours, attend seminars with faculty in your major and participate in research. Students in the University Honors College can participate in honors contracts on topics of interest to them.
Fostering positive relationships enables faculty members to write strong letters of recommendation and share detailed information about your skills, abilities and future potential. It is important to have positive relationships with multiple faculty members as scholarships often require several letters of recommendation.
Most scholarship committees are looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership throughout their careers. Seek out leadership opportunities in organizations that are important to you. Participate in organizations, move into leadership roles when appropriate and challenge yourself to make a difference. UB's Office of Student Engagement offers workshops, leadership certificates and opportunities to connect with on- and off-campus organizations.