Further education can be an expensive, daunting prospect. In fact, the cost of further education is likely to be one of the main reasons why students are dissuaded from furthering their studies. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be as expensive as it sounds. Funding through a scholarship can make further education a lot more realistic. Below is our guide to applying for a scholarship – beyond the simple ‘form-filling’ that other guides offer.
From the moment that you state your intention to learn about scholarship funding, start making enquiries into how the application process works. Ask for the forms immediately, you won’t be forced into completing them yet. Get application packs to explore your options – these will often give you a good idea if you want to go ahead and apply or not. Importantly, find out when the closing date for the application is, to give yourself a head-start on what you need to do and when you need to do it for. The earlier you start, the earlier you can make your decision.
Not only do you need to research early, but you need to stay organized so that you do not miss out on what could be a career-changing opportunity. If you are applying for a scholarship from more than one source, it can be confusing to remember which one has which deadline, and what the requirements for each one are. Keep a file or folder for each one, and you won’t have any problems. In addition, it is a good idea to keep a spreadsheet which includes the scholarship you have applied for and a list of the application dates. Rather than having to route through a pile of files, one spreadsheet can give you the information you need quickly and easily.
Include all of the required information
When you are completing your application, make sure that you complete all of the details needed to apply. Failure to do so will make your application look unprofessional and causes unnecessary time and stress to the people who, ultimately, are making the decision as to whether or not to offer you the scholarship. You are more likely to be successful if you follow instructions in full!
As soon as possible, identify who you are going to ask to be a referee, and notify them. This will prepare them for when the request comes through and they may well have an idea of what they want to write, when asked.
Proofread your application
Before you send your application off, check that there are no spelling or grammatical errors on your application. Once more, this keeps your application professional, giving decision makers a good first impression. Better still, ask a friend or family member to read through the form before you post it off, as others are often enable to identify mistakes in your writing that you may not have noticed.
Reach out to potential employers
An excellent way of seeking funding for studies is to show an interest and commitment to your area of study. To do so, we always encourage doing work experience with a company in the field. For example, if you are passionate about technology, why not go with a company that specialises in high calibre technical equipment such as IPL and Laser Machines? Don’t forget that you can get invaluable experience and skills even from sectors that you didn’t consider working in. An example might be doing administration work for a carpet cleaning company!
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The answer to most of our problems nowadays, is to put your problems into a search engine and see what comes up! This is also true of scholarships. Look into the range of options online and you can find a suitable scholarship for you.
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