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The Cover Letter

You may have run into this term for internships and scholarships and jobs you’ve applied for. These 2 words show up in the required document list without any other instructions or suggestions from the organization requesting said letter as to what is should look like or include.

Well this is the post that will give you an idea of how to approach this most important of documents for all future job applications.

The first thing to keep in mind is that a cover letter is a letter. It is a business letter in form, but it is still a letter written to people, not machines. Make sure you write an actual letter, otherwise you come across as disrespectful to the people you’re writing to, which will not help your endeavor.

You also need to remember this is the one place you have to explain what you’re writing about.

If you’re writing this letter to ask for money, you will want to introduce yourself briefly. And you want to make sure that you include the dollar amount you are requesting. Along with that, you may want to include the total amount you are covering and other ways that you are coming up with that money. You will definitely want to include how you would use the amount of money you are requesting. No one wants to give money to someone and feel like the money went to something they didn’t want.

If you’re writing this letter as part of a job or internship application, this is the place for you to introduce yourself and explain what you would bring to the company and how they might benefit from hiring you. Provide an experience that has made you into a great candidate. It is also a place for you to share what you would gain from working for them.

Other than that, you want to make sure the letter is formatted like a business letter, and that your tone matches the professional nature of the letter and this type of exchange. You don’t want to make the people you’re trying to convince to give you money or a chance think that you’re not serious about this request. And, as with any written work, make sure you proofread a copy that has also been run through the spell check included with most word processing programs.

So now that you know what a cover letter should include, what does it look like put together? Check this example for a scholarship cover letter.

As with all types of writing, the best way to get better at cover letters is to write them. So when you think a job or internship or scholarship looks like it might fit, write the cover letter and apply! You never know what might happen…

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Santa Ana College Scholarship

Santa Ana College football players from blog by Michael Yanow

Did you know that Santa Ana College has scholarships for high school students who will enroll full-time at the school?

They do! And the application is fairly simple, releasing your academic records to the different scholarship reviewers who need to see your transcript. It’s available online or in the Student Services office. And even better, it gives priority to AB540 students!

The deadline is April 9, 2012, so if you’re a high school student matriculating in Santa Ana College, make sure you send in the app. You don’t want to miss out on this free money.

And once you’re a SAC student, make sure you check back in with Student Services in the fall. The school has their own Scholarship Booklet that you do not want to overlook. That’s another easy way to get money to cover your fees so you can focus on your schooling to complete your program or transfer to a four-year college or university.

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HEEF Deadline

It is officially the high time of college scholarship application season. The 2012-2013 school year begins in just a few months, and even though it seems like forever before you’ll need the money, college tuition won’t disappear. One of the best ways for many students in the OC area is to apply to local college scholarships.

The Hispanic Education Endowment Fund scholarship deadline is fast approaching. The application, available on their website, is due to them by March 9, 2012. Also know as: This Friday.

Even better, documentation doesn’t matter. As long as you live in the OC and have lived here for at least 6 years, you can apply for their scholarship.

If you’re a Latino or Latina who is headed to college or already attending, and you live in Orange County, CA, send in those apps! Time is running out!

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