Applying for a Scholarship: Some Helpful Pointers

If you’re hoping to apply for a scholarship in order to further your education, then you already know how important it is that your application should highlight your strengths in such a way that you will stand out from the hundreds, maybe even thousands of other applicants hoping to get a grant.

Before you go ahead and send in your application, it would be best to get all the information that you can possibly get your hands on with regard to the different scholarships that you have your eye on, as each scholarship is likely to have its own unique processes and procedures. Also, you have to verify your eligibility in order to qualify for the aforementioned scholarships, as you will only be wasting your time and effort if you apply for something that you don’t qualify for to begin with. Once you’ve figured out which scholarships you stand a chance of getting, it’s time to pay attention to your application. Here are some things that you need to keep in mind:

• The people who will be evaluating your application don’t know you personally – In as much as grades and academic accomplishments matter, it is also important that you inject your application with a healthy amount of your personality. However, this does not mean license to disclose your favourite ice cream snack, or if you prefer boxers over shorts. Remember that it’s all about the quality of information that you disclose, not that the quantity.

• Choose your references very carefully – Don’t just choose them randomly from people you’ve met and known over the years. It is imperative that the references you put down know your strengths and weaknesses, and can vouch for you personally when asked about you.

• Proofread, proofread, proofread – Don’t just send out your applications half-cooked. Pay attention to each and every single detail. Put careful thought into everything you put into it, as the quality of your application is what stands between you and the scholarship that you’re hoping to get. Accuracy and style do count. After going over your application several times, ask a peer or a mentor to go over it to see if you missed things. You can never be too sure about this.

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