Create a Succinct Resume

Several scholarships and fellowships require applicants to include a resume. The most challenging aspect of the resume is that you have limited space (usually 1-2 pages) to convince reviewers of  your achievements.

Highlight only those experiences that will demonstrate the traits that will bring you closer to your goal; omit those that don’t speak to the specific strengths you are trying to convey.

When applying for prestigious scholarships and fellowships, potential resume sections include:

  • Education – Any colleges or universities attended (including dates and majors); GPA; College or university honors (e.g. Summa Cum Laude, College Honors); Thesis topic
  • Scholarship – Undergraduate scholarships; Academic awards; Honorary academic societies
  • Conferences and Presentations – Academic conferences attended; Academic papers and posters presented; Special testimony presented before government bodies
  • Leadership – Leadership positions held in student and professional organizations
  • Service – Descriptions of your specific role in service activities undertaken

Your resume should include your name and contact information at the top; include only one address.  Unless otherwise instructed, references should not be included on the resume.   “References available upon request” will suffice.

Use a standard font and do not use excessive formatting; make the presentation legible and clear, not cluttered.

Have a professor or advisor critically read your resume to insure you highlighted those activities and accomplishments pertinent to the specific goal of the scholarship or fellowship for which you are applying. 

The Career Development Center also offers assistance, advising, and support for students who are working on resumes. For resources & tips, and information about advising, check out their  Resume Guide.