Sigma Tau Delta uses AwardSpring platform for the application process. Please use the AwardSpring link to apply for scholarships, submit required materials, and request recommendation letters.
The AwardSpring application link for the spring scholarship round will close at 11:59 p.m. on April 10, Central Daylight Time (CDT).
Four Things You Need to Know About AwardSpring
- Read Tips to Creating a Winning Application first.
- Write down and remember the AwardSpring user name and password you create. (The password must be at least seven characters and contain at least one upper case, one lower case, one number, and one special character.) Strong applications are not as likely to be produced in just one session at the computer; you will need to log back in.
- You must submit an electronic copy of your transcript(s). Official or unofficial transcript copies are acceptable at the time of application. Scholarship winners ultimately will be required to provide official copies of transcripts, for verification, before a scholarship is awarded.
- AwardSpring will ask you for information about your recommenders and will send an email to request secure, confidential submission of your recommendation letters. Make sure your recommenders are aware of the deadline for receipt of all recommendations: Monday, April 17, which is one week after the application deadline.
- Get started early by setting up your AwardSpring login, finding out which scholarships you are eligible for, and familiarizing yourself with the required elements of those scholarships.
- Have questions about your eligibility or about specific requirements? Check the FAQ page. If you do have questions, contact Dr. Shannin Schroeder at email@example.com, well in advance of the deadline.
- Give your recommenders PLENTY of time to compose their recommendations. Most faculty will expect that you allow them two weeks to work on letters of recommendation. Be sure they know which scholarship(s) you are applying for and that they understand that the judges are looking for testimony about academics and service.
- Proofread your application thoroughly.
- If you intend to send official transcript(s), order early. If you download electronic versions, compile them in order from most recent to oldest. Be sure your most recent transcript shows a cumulative GPA (graduate students may need to provide a cumulative undergraduate and graduate GPA).
- Applicants for the Graduate Scholarship MUST provide documentation that they are presently enrolled in a graduate program in English. A current transcript with a list of the courses the applicant is taking during the semester he/she applies would provide such documentation; or a scanned copy of an original letter of acceptance into a graduate program would suffice.
- Scholarship and awards applicants, personalize your application essays. Judges enjoy reading these and getting to know you. They especially appreciate the myriad ways students approach the same topics. Be creative, but keep the essay under the 400-word limit.
- Do NOT stray from the formatting guidelines! Adhere to the word counts and other specifications given. Packets that ignore such conventions will not be considered.
- Ask other knowledgeable readers to assist you in proofreading your application materials one final time before you submit them.
Deadlines and Award Notifications
Spring scholarship offerings close Tuesday, November 1, 11:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Winners will be determined by December 15, 2016. Notifications will be sent out shortly thereafter via email to each applicant.
Address questions about the AwardSpring online submission process to firstname.lastname@example.org.