Scholarships for students, how to find and succeed?
Dec 09 2015
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Courtesy: Northern Arizona University
Mostly, every student has tried to search for a scholarships at least once. The advantages of getting a financial aid are understandable for everyone, but it’s quite weird that students often don’t even try to apply. Reasons are usually the same: uncertainty, the lack of desire and information about the services.
Here we will prove you that being awarded with scholarship is much easier than you could think about it. All that you need – is follow up the next steps:
1. Fix a clear and straight goal with deadlines
Be specific with the aim. There are no any chances to be awarded while objective won’t be taken seriously. It can be a quantitative target of available scholarships for you, or a certain amount of searching hours that you’re going to spend. Ask yourself, why this opportunity is important? Maybe you have a certain goal dreaming about education in specific university, or need some money for own invention, or just want to try your luckiness? This step is very important, because it shows how we should move forward.
2. Decide, what kind of grant you are interested in
To solve this task, continue with self-evaluation. What are your strengths and abilities in doing something better than others? Have perfect marks or it’s nothing simpler for you than create an architectural model? Internet surprises by that number of suggested scholarships, so be sure that you’ll definitely find one perfectly suitable for you.
There are some examples:
- Academic Grants
- Average Academic Performance Scholarships
- Athletic Scholarships
- Bourse for Minorities
- Scholarships for Women
- Creative Awards
- Unusual Fellowships
- Community Service Grants
- Need-based Financial Aid
- Company Sponsored Scholarships
There are even contests for the most creative sandwich or about telling the funniest life-stories.
3. You know where to search
Remember the previous step? Now you aware of how to search, which key-words to use. It’s always effective to use not native but English language (if it’s not your native one) while searching. It opens you a larger scale of variants. Among the biggest scholarships searching engines: UNIGO, Fastweb, Cappex.com, Scholars4dev, etc.
4. CV and cover letter are important
Always use the opportunity to attach resume or CV and cover letter if such function is available. These are optional items which help being noticed by the grantors. They play the role of employers for you now. Motivation or cover letter is not only a necessary component of the job search, but also a lucky ticket to gain an award. Describe experience in a professional way mentioning all your unique competitive skills. The success of contest depends on it as much as on the main task.
Use the resume samples or better get a professional resume help. Resume and cover letter have to be unique for every submission, so you need to edit both of items for a several times. Look for participant unique requirements and fill the resume and cover letter with information which fits them and can predetermine the scholarship result.