Parents of Incoming First-Year Students

Appalachian State University recognizes the important role that parents have played in raising well-rounded scholarly students. We appreciate the effort that has been put forward to mold high school students into future successful college students. After a student has submitted their college admissions application many parents are unsure of the next steps to help their student succeed as he or she begins the process to apply for scholarships at Appalachian State University. Students can apply for scholarships at Appalachian State University after submitting the admissions application. Students will be notified via email about their MyMountaineer portal. Details on how to apply and the application link will be included in this portal. Parents and students will also be receiving correspondence via mail. A scholarship brochure will be included in the mail correspondence that can also be found on our website.

Tips to Help Your Student Apply for Scholarships

How to Write a College Essay

Remind your students to remember how their high school English teachers taught to write a well-organized essay using proper grammar. However, this should be written in a more personal sense such a diary entry or memoir. There are many online resources that can serve as a refresher of how to write a scholarship essay. There are many tips available to help your student's paper stand out to faculty and staff as they review his or her application. We have listed a few helpful resources below. Their essay should be their own work which will help the scholarship committees see more into the student as a person and what they represent. If your student is submitting an essay via email, fax or mail, please make sure to include his or her last name on each page submitted.

Recommendation Letters

Letters of Recommendations are an extremely viable part of your student's scholarship application. Two letters of recommendation must be submitted with the scholarship application before a student’s application can be deemed complete. After a student has provided the recommenders name, relation and contact information on the scholarship application, the Office of University Scholarships will email the recommender with information on submitting recommendations, but we highly suggest students follow up with recommenders to ensure they have received the request, understand deadlines and are willing to provide a recommendation. Applications will be incomplete and ineligible for any scholarship opportunities if the letters are not received by November 15. Recommenders are ideally someone who has known your student in a professional, academic or leadership setting for an extended period of time. Recommenders should never be immediate family.

Interview Attire

Students invited to Scholars Day in February will be interviewed by a small committee as a part of the application process. As with any professional interview, we encourage students to dress to impress. They shouldn’t wear anything that will make them uncomfortable as this will show in the interview. Students have an opportunity to express their selves with their outfit choice while impressing the committee with their professionalism.