To get a good scholarship, you should start early and focus even while you're in high school. Here are a few things that will look great on your application and can help you secure a good scholarship:
-Study, and study hard. The better your grades are, and the higher your academic standing is, the better chances you have of getting a scholarship.
-Get involved. Join a sports team, get a role in a school play, or become part of a choir. Anything that can show your skills- time management, communication, teamwork, creativity, etc. This will help you a lot when you apply, since showing off your skills is quite important.
-Be a leader. Create your own school club, or gather friends and organize a volunteer session in an animal shelter. There are countless ways to show initiative and prove you can be a leader of tomorrow, which will look great on your application.
Make sure all of the documents you need to apply for the scholarship are in order before you start to write. You won’t want to go back to them after writing your letter, only to discover you are missing an important document. Also, and we cannot stress this enough, start in plenty of time. This will give you the opportunity to make your letter stand out and you will not have to rush with the deadline. You also want to make sure the application forms are filled in neatly and that nothing is missing. Make sure there are hard copies of every document you are sending, because if anything goes missing you wont want to start all over again.
Certificates of your previous education
Depending on your university it may take some time until you receive your transcript of records, diploma etc. Try to get them (and some certified copies) as soon as possible. Ask the university as well as the scholarship provider for the possibility of using preliminary documents in order to meet close deadlines.
Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation are an important part of every scholarship application. Since your professors and employers might be busy, try to get in touch with them as soon as possible. However, carefully read the requirements of the scholarship you would like to apply to. Some of them have very specific rules about the letters of recommendation and do not accept general ones.
Who can you ask for a referral?
The best place to go for letters of recommendation is teachers that have taught you for a while or your personal tutor. They will probably know you best and can give you a strong letter of recommendation. Some scholarships may allow you to have non-academic references as well (from an employer or community leader etc.). If this is the case, and they know you well, you can ask them.
What to do?
Ask your potential source if they would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. You should also give your source more than enough time to complete the letter. Make sure you provide your referee with: The scholarship application information, an updated version of your CV, the most recent versions of the samples required for the application and a short paragraph on your accomplishments. You may wish to check with your referee if it is ok for you to suggest certain qualities to highlight in the letter - in some countries, this is the norm, whereas in others this is frowned upon, so check before you suggest anything! Remind them when the deadline is approaching; do not assume the letter will be sent by them once they have agreed to write it. Some scholarship applications allow your referee to send the information straight to them by email / online form, but others will require a printed letter. If you need a printed letter, collect the letters from your referee personally. In some countries you will need your referee to put the letter in an envelope and seal it with a signature to ensure that no one has tampered with it. Your scholarship provider will be able to advise you about this.
If the language of the program you apply to is not your native language you are usually required to obtain a certificate showing your language skills. For English, TOEFL and IELTS are the most widely accepted among scholarships and universities worldwide. Be aware that it takes some time to prepare, take the test and receive the results.
The motivation letter is a crucial part of your application. It gives you the chance to really let your personality shine through on your application. It should include the reasons why you think you should receive the scholarship, why you want to study at the particular university and course as well as details of any other relevant information. Different scholarship providers may require different information in your motivation letter; they usually list details of what they need on their application pages.
1.Start looking for scholarships at least one year before entering college.
2.Consider whether you are a member of an underrepresented group, in financial need, or interested in certain fields of study. Scholarships are available for those with special talents in many areas, including sports, art, science and music.
3.Think about applying for a fellowship - a scholarship for graduate students - if you want to go to graduate school.
4.Recognize what you can expect from a scholarship when you apply for it. Some schools offer to pay all your expenses, while others only pay for room and board.
5.Use a No. 2 pencil to complete the application form.
6.Be prepared to answer general questions such as name, address, social security number, date of birth, citizenship status and marital status.
7.Provide any necessary financial information such as total family income, number of children in your household, and number of children in college. Round dollar amounts to whole number values.
8.Supply information about the talent required by the scholarship for which you are applying.
9.Mail all the paperwork to the address listed on the application.
10.Endure the weeks or months of waiting to find out whether you got the scholarship and how much money you will receive from it.
If you're looking for a scholarship that fit your needs, you should begin searching for a scholarship immediately and following the Steps.
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