Find Your Spark

Know the deadlines!

The application period for the next school year opens in early November and closes on February 15 for first-time, incoming freshmen and February 15 for all students.

If you miss the deadline, you cannot be considered for any awards. There are no individual exceptions!

For example:

If you will be a continuing or transferring student in Fall 2018 and want to apply for Fall 2018/Spring 2019 scholarship aid, you must complete an application between early November and February 15, 2018

Complete A FAFSA!

If you are only applying for COB scholarships, this is optional, as all but three COB scholarships do not require evidence of financial need. However, it's a good idea to fill one out, as you may be eligible for the three COB scholarships that require the FAFSA and also other forms of need-based aid.

Prepare to complete the application.

The COB faculty committees that award all scholarships read your application and support materials very carefully. It's very important that your application be complete and mistake-free, with all required support materials (e.g., recommendation letters) submitted. For all scholarships, things like GPA are important, but often decisions between qualified applicants with similar GPAs are made based on goals, essays, and recommendation letters.

Complete An Application!

Complete an NKU scholarship application. There are separate applications for first-time, incoming freshmen and continuing or transfer students. This is the only application you need to complete – you will be considered for all COB scholarships that you are eligible for.

You must submit at least one Letter of Recommendation. Some COB scholarships require two and some require that a letter from a professor in your major be provided. A good strategy to cover all your bases is to provide two letters, one from a professor in your major and the other from a person of your choice. These letters are very important! The award committees read and discuss them very thoroughly. Give some careful thought to who you will ask to write for you and make sure that you allow plenty of lead time (at least two or three weeks) for the letter to be completed.

Some application tips from the faculty:

  • Read on this web page about all the different COB scholarships available. You'll get a sense of what you might be eligible for and what criteria are important in determining awardees. Also carefully review the material on the appropriate Financial Aid application page (for first-time, incoming freshmen; for continuing or transfer students).

  • You will be asked to write a statement of your Professional Goals. Think about these carefully and write and revise them before you transfer them to the actual application. Remember the three C's of professional writing: be ClearCompelling and Concise. Your goals statement should be about 75-100 words.

  • You will be asked to write a Personal Essay about how you define and determine success in your life. Think about this topic carefully and write and revise before you transfer the essay to the actual application. The three C's (ClearCompelling and Concise) are very important in this essay. Keep it simple and write what you truly believe. Aim for no more than 250 words – if you can say what you need to in fewer, that's ok.

  • You will be asked to list school-related, Extra-curricular Activities that you have participated in since you started at NKU. Be sure that this list is complete and that you note any leadership positions you've held.

  • You will be asked to list Non-School Interests that you have. This is where you can provide a complete listing of activities like community service activity, other volunteer activity, church activities, sports, hobbies, other organizations that you are a member of, etc. Some scholarships require evidence of community service, and the award committees always look at this carefully for all awards, required or not.

  • If you work either full or part-time, you'll have a chance to list current and previous Employers and the position(s) you've held. Make sure that the position name you use clearly describes what you did in your job.