Tips For Scholarship Applications
Applying for scholarships can be very tricky, these days world employers receive about 200-500 applications for each scholarship opening. The application duration is very small and a little personal information of candidates is provided. So, it becomes very difficult to judge the potential candidate without having an interview session. Calling for interview is very expansive and it is almost impossible to call every candidate. It becomes very important that your scholarship application should stand out exceptionally in the crowd.
Enlisted below are some tips that can help you in preparing a good scholarship application:
Beware of Scholarship Scams
Many students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. Never ever pay for a scholarship search. All the information about scholarship process is free and can be accessed on concerned university's website.
Get Full Scholarship Information
Try to write, call or email the scholarship provider to ensure that you get full information about the Scholarship. Confirm weather scholarship is full time or partial.
Always check the eligibility criteria before applying to a scholarship because it is highly doubtful that you will be awarded if you are not eligible for a scholarship. Confirm the requirements regarding age, gender, nationality and other restrictions on the application and only apply if you match the eligibility criteria.
Language Proficiency Tests
It is recommended that you take language proficiency tests if you are applying in a foreign country. Every university has its own requirement some Asks for IELTS while others demand TOEFL. Most of the universities also demand GRE results for scholarships. But these tests are not mandatory everywhere.
Prepare a Resume/CV
Most of the universities will ask you to submit your Resume/CV. It’s better to use you resume to point out any awards and honors that you have received. Mention the community services and extracurricular activities that you have performed.
Choose your Referees Carefully
Always choose those professors as your referees who know you well so that they can give a good opinion about you and write something good on your behalf.
Letter of Recommendation
Letter of recommendations should come from your teachers or advisers who not only know you academically but are familiar with your personal interests and background. The Recommenders should address only those elements of your application on which they can comment confidently.
The Personal Statement
Statement of Purpose is an important part of your scholarship application. It provides, the admissions committee, information about who you are? What are your study plans? And what you want to do with the degree once you have mastered it? In short, statement of purpose is a written interview.
Proofread Your Application Carefully
Always check spelling and grammar mistakes in your application and personal statement. It is better to let someone else read and evaluate your application and pinpoint the mistakes that are present.