Below is an example of a free scholarship tracker that you can generate yourself in google sheets, excel, or as a PDF. Feel free to personalize it to your needs by changing the headers. Often adding in the application link or individual progress bars can help increase productivity and make sure you have all the documents you need to apply. Once you finish up creating your scholarship list, we feel that using a scholarship application tracker like this will keep you organized and ensure you don’t miss important deadlines, such as priority scholarship deadlines, or requirements. Using a tracker for your college scholarships will also condition you to look for vital information when searching for applicable scholarships.
Tips and Tricks for a College Scholarship Tracker
- Personalize the tags and columns to what fits your needs
- Customize the order of the columns
- Add your own "Tags" to the Tags column
- Attach and organize essays by creating a new column for a Google Docs link
By using a spreadsheet like this you can sort your scholarships by complete/not complete, due date, or award amount. This lets you see things clearly and prioritize. It'll keep you organized and make sure you are ready for college!
College Scholarship Spreadsheet Template
This is one example of a template, but it is important to remember that you should personalize it in anyway you see fit. Check out this google sheets spreadsheet with the same scholarship tracker template, feel free to make a copy and use it for your own journey. You can also download this as a PDF, or copy it into Excel if that is your preferred tool, whatever it may be just make sure that it works for you.
If you're looking for how to get your search started check out this college scholarship search article with helpful tips and advice on how to begin the process. And check out a list of the top 40 national scholarships available for high schoolers to get you started. This template can go beyond just the scholarship process to, it can be used for the college admissions process and keeping track of all of those important college deadlines. Continue using this template throughout your scholarship search and remember to fill out your FAFSA (opens each year on October 1st) to better understand your financial aid needs for college.