Step 3 - Execute
Now it's time to submit! Be sure to get a fresh pair of eyes to review your application for grammar and typos and double check that you've followed all of the proper protocols. Keep in mind this process can take some time, so it's best start all of the above as soon as possible.
Lastly, a handful of helpful tips...
Show your face. Meaning you should meet with and have in person conversations with the decision makers. Some schools will require a presentation. Imagine walking into a room where you know one or two of the people beforehand. All because you reached out ahead of time, asking questions and getting advice. Never underestimate the value of face-to-face interaction.
Focus on the value. Yes, you'll have a great time. That's definitely a benefit. The true value of a conference is how it helps further your educational and professional career - and that's what your school will care about most. So always ask yourself, "how does this help me and how does it help my school?"
Diversify your outreach. As we mentioned earlier, some departments only pay for a portion of your trip. So it's best to approach all the avenues available to you. Get some money from SGA, some from your department, and some from the organizations you're a part of, and that can add up quickly. If that still isn't enough, try reaching out to your community. You'd be surprised how many will respond to positivity, and want make an impact in a young person's life by providing them with a unique opportunity.
Buy in Bulk. Most conferences offer group discounts. TERMINUS gives discounts on badges and hotel rooms for groups of 4 or more. If you can show your school that they can get a good deal, AND simultaneously provide opportunities to more students, that's what they call a win win.
Promote yourself. Reach out to your school newspaper and the local interest sections/departments of your local news. Tell them about what you're trying to achieve and why. Human interest stories go a long way, and schools always appreciate positive publicity!
We hope that helps! If you have any questions, or tips of your own we can share with students to secure school funding, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.