When training for a football match, athletes must run drills to shape their muscles and perfect their skills. Though the work of applying for scholarships is much less physically demanding, it requires just as much discipline, mental focus and determination as any sports competition.
If you are ready for the challenge, continue reading.
Use the Internet to find many different scholarships that apply to your circumstances. Research carefully. You don’t want to waste your time applying if you do not meet the formal requirements. The best case scenario is that you win multiple scholarships to fund all of your schooling, so apply to as many scholarships as possible.
1. What are the formal requirements?
Academic milestones, enrollment status, citizenship, course of study, etc.
2. What type of student will win this scholarship?
These are often informal requirements such as a commitment to community, public service or other indicators of social value.
3. How do I fit this image?
Once you confirm that you fulfill the formal requirements, you must consider the informal ones. Rely on personal experiences, values and goals to present yourself as a match. There is no need to lie or exaggerate. Use your creativity to honestly align yourself with the values of the scholarship.
Once you have gathered potential scholarships, it’s time to begin organizing your time.
1. When is the deadline?
The easiest way to lose a scholarship is to miss the deadline. Keep a calendar with deadline dates for each scholarship. Some universities require hard copies of applications, Scholarship essays and other application materials. Consider these details and provide an ample amount of time for the materials to reach their destinations when scheduling your deadlines.
2. How large is the scholarship?
Each scholarship deserves the same amount of effort. Just like a disciplined athlete, you will train just as hard for a season match as you will for a tournament match. However, knowing the stakes are higher for a scholarship that offers more money, it is a good idea to allow for more time and energy for its completion. Start preparing the applications for larger scholarships well in advance.
Know your Strengths
When applying for scholarships, you must push all doubt from your mind. You are worth it. You can win this scholarship. It is possible.
1. How have my struggles made me better?
Any barring circumstances such as money or family obligations are part of what makes you an eligible candidate. Often, the hardships we face make us stronger. If you have the opportunity to share this information, remember the circumstances that have taught you humility and perseverance. There is no shame in sharing the struggles that have made you a stronger and better person.
2. What have I achieved?
Achievements in academics, sports and leadership programs are all noteworthy. By focusing on your achievements, you can overshadow your weaknesses. For example, having great grades may compensate for a lack of extracurricular activities. (Again, this fluctuates with the demands of each scholarship. Remember to consider the informal requirements before highlighting certain achievements.)
3. What have I contributed to my family or local community?
How to you give back to your community? If you take care of your siblings or work on the family farm – these are examples of loyalty and commitment. If you volunteer at the local hospital or tutor younger children, you are a self-motivated and generous individual. Compassion and passion are two human components that are vital to standing out when competing for a scholarship. Prove that if you are given the chance to succeed, you will give back what you have been given by making your community better.
Ask for Help
If there is a mentor in your life who is willing to help you prepare your scholarships, rely on him or her throughout the process. Share your goals, but do not ask your mentor to remind you of deadlines or manage your time for you. Instead, ask for help on essay ideas and other more in-depth requirements for the application process.
At the very least, before submitting your scholarship, ask a trusted adult to review your application for simple mistakes.
By Guest Author - The author Barbara Jolie is a full time freelance writer and blogger in the Houston area. She enjoys writing about education and the advantages of online classes for all students. If you have any questions email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org
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