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Scholarship Application


Sigma Tau Delta uses AwardSpring platform for the application process. Please use the AwardSpring link to apply for the scholarship, submit required materials, and request recommendation letters.

AwardSpring Application

AwardSpring is set up to accept designated scholarship applications over three cycles.

Fall 2020: October 12 - November 9, 2020
Spring 2021: March 1 - April 5, 2021
Summer 2021: June 1 - June 21, 2020

Your AwardSpring Account

  1. Read Tips for Creating a Winning Application first.

  2. 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.

  3. Scholarship applicants must submit an electronic copy of your transcript(s). Official or unofficial transcript copies are acceptable at the time of application.

  4. 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, November 16, 2020, which is one week after the application deadline.

Tips for Creating a Winning Application

  • 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. Leigh Dillard at, 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.



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