You’ve made it to the final cut for the big scholarship you applied for and its down to the interview round. This is your only chance to impress the panel and let them know you’re the right choice for the award. You’ve practiced your answers and feel pretty confident that your voice won’t crack, but what in the world do you wear to a scholarship interview? Take a deep breath and think “moderation.” That’s the key to showing you’re ready to handle the money they’re going to hand you.
Consider what the judges are looking for in a scholarship recipient. They want someone who is going to be responsible, work hard and give them a good return on their investment.
Choose an outfit that would be appropriate for an office setting. This means nothing that will show your cleavage, midriff or too much leg; sandals and open-toed shoes are also out of the picture. Your skirt should be no higher than 2 inches above your knee.
Pick an outfit and color that is conservative. A suit is best, whether it be with skirt or slacks. Navy blue or gray are reassuring colors for a scholarship interview.
Keep your blouse or shirt plain, with no overly bright colors and a minimum of ruffles and frills. This will make you look older and more responsible than a flashy silk shirt or flouncy girlish blouse.
Match your shoes to your handbag, and stick to black or brown. Make sure your heels are no taller than 2 inches, no matter what your height.
Choose your hose to accent your outfit or skin tone. Avoid wearing black, white, bright or patterned stockings.
Minimize jewelry and other accessories. If you have piercings limit yourself to one small earring in each ear; necklaces and bracelets should be avoided unless it is a delicate item.