What Do I Need For A Scholarship Application?
The scholarship enables one to finance ones studies and enables you to fully concentrate on getting your degrees instead of worrying about money issues.
Start As Soon As Possible
The application deadlines finish early, the application process for scholarships take quite a long time. When you know what you are going to study, you should start with it immediately!
Finding The Right Scholarship
Start preparing your application make sure that you have chosen the right scholarship. Do you meet all the requirements? Check the scholarship information provided. Be ready in investing a lot of time in this application and you will make it a priority.
Make sure you have pick the right scholarship, it is time to prepare your application. Sometimes you will need to prepare the following documents:
- Provide certificates of your previous education
- Recommendation of letters
- Language certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)
- Motivational letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- You need to provide examples of your past work i.e an essay etc.
Allow all the documents you need to apply for the scholarship to be in order before you start to write. You want to go back to them after writing your letter, only to discover you are missing an important document. Also, and we cannot stress this enough, start in plenty of time. This will give you the opportunity to make your letter stand out and you will not have to rush with the deadline.
Certificates of Your Previous Education
It may take some time before you receive your transcript of records, diploma etc. Try to get them (and some certified copies) as soon as possible. Make enquiry from the university as well as the scholarship provider for the possibility of using preliminary documents in order to meet near deadlines.
Letters of recommendation is one of the most important part of every application of scholarship. Your professors and employers might be busy, try to get in touch with them as soon as possible. Read the requirements of the scholarship you would like to apply for painstakingly. Some have specific rules about the letters of recommendation and do not accept general ones.
Who should you ask for a referral?
One of the best places to go for letters of recommendation might be the teacher that have taught you for a while or your personal tutor. They probably know you best and can give you a strong letter of recommendation. Some scholarships may allow you to have non-academic references as well (from an employer or community leader etc.).
What to do?
Make enquiry from your potential source if they would be able to help you write a letter of recommendation. You should also be able to give your source more than enough time to complete the letter.
Make provide the following for your refree:
- Your scholarship application information
- The updated version of your CV
- The most recent versions of the samples required for the application
- A short paragraph on your accomplishments
Certificates of Language
The language of the program you apply to is not your native language you are usually required to obtain a certificate showing your language skills. For English, TOEFL and IELTS are widely accepted among universities worldwide.
The motivation letter is an important part of your application. You stand a chance to let your personality shine through on your application. It should include; why you think you should receive the scholarship, reason why you want to study at the particular university and course as well as details of any other relevant information.