Studying at a top university is often an expensive choice to make, but there is money out there for you. Almost all top universities will have scholarships available for students to apply for. You just need to know what they are, where you can find them, and how you can put yourself forward for them. To begin with, you need to realize that putting together a successful scholarship application does often require a significant amount of time.
Follow the following 5 tips that will help you get closer to receiving that scholarship you so deserve….
1. Do your research
To avoid putting pressure on yourself and trying to apply for that scholarship you desperately want at the last minute, start your research early. The more time you can put into your scholarship search, the more options you will have.
2. Check if you qualify and if you fit the profile
Give the scholarship sponsor what it wants. Research the scholarship sponsor on the web. Look for the organization’s mission statement, which you’ll often find in the “About Us” section of its website.
3. Volunteer to help your community
Students who volunteer enjoy a huge advantage with scholarship sponsors. scholarship sponsors are looking for a long-time commitment to volunteering.
4. Apply to every eligible scholarship.
It’s a numbers game and even among the most accomplished students, luck is a factor. Don’t ignore the small stuff. Some scholarships worth $1,000 or less may only have 15 or 20 students applying, Ragins says.
5. Be Passionate
When you’re writing a scholarship essay let your personal voice come through. Include lots of details in your essay that helps reveal who you are. It’s usually a good idea to focus on a problem and how you solved it or overcame adversity.