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Organizing by FoldersBesides spreadsheets, it is also very important to organize your application documents in your computer files. Having everything in one place can limit the time and stress over searching for required documents or essays that are applicable to multiple scholarships.
Steps to Tidy Computer Files1. Make a folder titled College and Applications in your computer’s documents.
2. Inside that folder, create three more titled Scholarships, Resumes and Recommendations, and Documents.
a. The Documents folder will have documents frequently needed for applications, such as: proof of admission, an unofficial transcript, FAFSA pdf, military IDs if applicable, a screenshot of SAT/ACT scores, and a headshot with a professional appearance.
b. Resumes and Recommendations will house your resumes (I have one each for academic, community service, and professional work, though a general resume with those three themes combined will suffice) and recommendations, of which should include academic and non-academic recommenders. Of course, some applications require recommenders to submit their letter on their own, but it is always good to have a copy on hand in case you can save them some trouble by uploading it yourself.
3. Under the Scholarship folder, make another folder titled Completed Applications, which will separate the essays and application materials used for previously applied scholarships. Incomplete scholarship applications will stay in the general Scholarship folder until completed. These techniques will ensure you have a stress-free (or, as stress-free as scholarship applications get) application process for the upcoming years. Remember, the scholarship search continues into your college years, so keep on the lookout!