Winning a scholarship for higher education is a great achievement, especially when you are planning to study abroad. A scholarship has many benefits, but the most important one is financial assistance which makes it easier to pursue higher education.
With time, it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure admissions in good universities, and two of the reasons are high competition and rising tuition fees. In order to get a scholarship, you will have to face competition; but, once you get it, you can keep aside all your worries about financial expenses.
Note that you will have to face competition, and the kind of competition you will get is not easy to handle. You must stand out in all respects, but it is not just about that. You should also be smart with the whole application process. Believe me, an impressive resume and smart handling of the application process will get you the scholarship.
If you want more clarity on this point, do not worry. I am going to tell you 5 things which can get you a scholarship. So, pay attention to what has been written down below and you are good to go!
- Do Not Stick To Just One
If you go along with a mindset that you will apply to just one scholarship, then you are doing it all wrong. You should make a list of all scholarships which can do the job and apply to them. Relying on just one scholarship application is a huge gamble, considering there are a few recipients and many applicants.
- Do Not Skip On Those Which Have A Rigorous Process
Humans do not like extra work. While I do not blame them because I am one of them, I do believe that extra work pays off many times.
There are many scholarships which require a lot of paperwork and activities. For example, quite a few scholarships require applicants to make videos or write down essays. However, applicants often go lazy and avoid these scholarships just because there is extra work to be done.
Think about it this way, with so many candidates dropping out, you will have less number of people to compete with and better chances to score the scholarship. It is, therefore, highly advised that you do not skip out on those which are like the ones I just mentioned.
You cannot be picky about all these things, you know!
- Know That Scholarships Do Not Cover Everything
There is a common misunderstanding that scholarships pay for everything. Well, only a handful of them do, and these scholarships are highly competitive to score. You will usually come across scholarships which partially fund the education of the recipient. For example, some may pay up a certain amount of the tuition fee, along with some daily expenses.
Keeping this in mind, it is recommended that you consider the amount and the kind of financial assistance you would need for your education and then apply for relevant scholarships.
- Research Well
Yes, this is the most important part. You need to make a list of good scholarships, and you cannot make it just on the basis of what you hear from others. You need to research extensively.
Scholarships are of varying types, and there is a good chance you are not informed of all the important ones. So, look up online and figure out what they are. For example, there are university-specific, financial assistance specific, or otherwise types of scholarships. Some good places to start with are Fastweb.com and Scholarships.com, but you can find more such websites.
- A well-written letter of recommendation
One of the most important parts of a scholarship application is the letter of recommendation.
If you have had a great academic record and maintained a good relationship with your teachers, then getting a letter of recommendation should not be a problem. However, one of the factors which makes a letter of recommendation better is the profile of the person writing them.
You may want to have a high-up in academia (with whom you might not have had a lot of interaction), having a prolific profile to write up a letter of recommendation for you. In that case, you need to focus on a couple of things. Make sure you inform him what the scholarship is about, what the university applied for envisions, what your accomplishments are, and others.
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