Scholarships are great financial aids for students to fund their higher education.
Studying at coveted schools or universities is often an expensive affair, and
scholarships help bail students out based on their merit, need or other criteria.
Applying for school scholarships involves a clearly charted out process that can differ
between institutions, courses or funding. Whether it's a college near me, a CBSE
school or a foreign university, it's always advisable to stay a step ahead on information
when applying for scholarships. Here are three crucial things to keep in mind before
you join the run to the finish line.
1. Apply Across a Spectrum of Scholarships
Every institution has several scholarships of different values that are doled out based
on their unique criteria. Most often, applicants make the mistake of applying only for
the top line of scholarships that offer higher rewards. What they overlook is that these
school scholarships are the ones that attract the most applications. That means more
competition and a slimmer chance of making the cut. Scholarships with small reward
values have the advantage of fewer applicants, thus increasing the chances of success.
Always apply for as many scholarships as you can because every reward you earn is
eventually going to contribute towards your education.
2. Stay Current with Each Scholarship's Requirements
This preparation trick holds good on so many levels. It's never too early to prepare a
database of the scholarships you're interested in. First up, you need to ensure you're
apprised of the application dates and submission dates for all the scholarships you
intend to apply for. Create a spreadsheet with this information that you can update as
and when needed.
Many scholarships change their eligibility criteria based on academic/market trends.
Stay attuned to their current requirements and make sure your submissions, papers
and essays adhere to them. Some applicants make the mistake of adopting a
generalized approach to all scholarships. This could be detrimental to their chances as
each scholarship could have different eligibility criteria. Hence, it's crucial to tune
submissions to meet scholarship requirements every time. Always work backwards to
match the scholarship requirements with your submission.
Lastly, try to gather information on the scholarship committee and the qualifications
they're looking for in each grant. Tweaking your application to speak the voice of the
committee should be a deal maker.
3. Involve Your Mentor in Your Process
Rope in your mentor from school to help review your application and give you
specialist advice. It always helps to have a four-eye review of your work to identify
errors you may have overlooked. Who better to do that than a trusted mentor who
knows your strengths and weaknesses? It's also a great idea to include mentors at
school and outside of it as your references.
Make sure you choose your references carefully, as the chances for your scholarship
weigh heavily on them. Also, don't forget to let them know that you have slotted them
as your reference. That will help them stay prepared and rise to the occasion when
Bagging a scholarship is an achievement in itself. With these valuable tips, we're
confident the process of earning a scholarship grant gets a lot more streamlined.