There are several Disability Studies awards available to help cover the cost of pursuing your education while highlighting your work and activism.
Here are some helpful tips to consider when applying for awards.
- Let your personality shine through. The people on the awards committee probably do not know you. Let them get to know you through your application. Applications don’t need to be as stuffy and formal as you might think. In fact, the more the awards committee can see your personality the more likely they are to remember you.
- Thoroughly read and respond to the award outline. All awards applications will list the criteria for how they are award recipients are determined. Read this very carefully. Read it several times. And speak to those points. If the award criteria asks for examples of commitment to activism; list your volunteer or paid work, blogs you have written, committees you are on, activist events you have attended, or other ways you engage with activism. Once you start writing it out, you will realize that you have done a lot more than you thought.
- Get started early. It’s a good idea to search out awards and start thinking about them long before they are due. Check if the awards require letters of recommendations and ask for them early. It’s best not to wait until the week before.
- Proof-read. Read over your application. Have someone else do it. Your application is representing you in that awards committee meeting so put your best foot or paragraph forward.
- If you don’t succeed, try, try again. It’s a statistical impossibility for you to win every award that you apply for. That doesn’t mean that you should throw in the towel. It could mean that there were other more qualified people who applied, or perhaps you need to re-evaluate your application. Use the experience to help you succeed next time.
- Be thankful. When you receive an award be thankful. Write a letter of thank you to the person, organization or family who donated the money for the award. The award donors want to get to know you and see where their donations are going.
Good Luck everyone!