You might have stumbled upon a life-changing Scholarship. Continue reading to know how you can fill in a killer application for any Scholarships to stand out. Let’s start with basic questions.
What is a Scholarship?
The Google Search for term Scholarship means as follows-
- academic study or achievement; learning at a high level.
a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievements.
Let’s stick on to the second context on this blog.
Types of Scholarships
Creative Contest Scholarships
This won’t be that boring post that deep dive to each of above( Relax). If Interested you can read more about them on Wikipedia
Of most of these scholarships, Applicant( the one applying them) need to put in certain documents. they are as follows.
Documents required for Scholarships
Completed filling of scholarship application form.
Every Scholarship has an application form that is needed to be filled in. Fill it accurately and precisely. These may include some of personal as well as background information.
Identity proof (ID Proof)
A copy of Identity proof. This could be Adhar Card or Passport or sometimes canceled cheque.
This is transcript copy from the University(Certificate) mentioning all the courses you took and grade points, etc. You may merge the mark-lists from the first year of college to current academic year to a single document and upload it. Use PDF merge online tool for this purpose.
Statement of Purpose (SOP)
The SOP should describe you (the applicant), your motivation towards your current academic field, and the direction you would like to pursue. Supporting information about prior projects is encouraged.
- Be concise. Essays should be approximately 500 to 1,000 well-selected words (1-2 single space pages in 12-point font) – this is better than more words with less clarity and poor organization.
- The review committee will read between the lines. They will look for self-motivation and competence.
- Emphasize everything from a positive perspective and write in an active, not a passive voice.
- Demonstrate your thoughts by providing examples; don’t just say that you’re a persistent person, show it.
- If you faced personal challenges, write it affirmatively, showing your perseverance in academics despite obstacles.
Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
The letter(s) of recommendation should only come from one of your teachers/lecturers or employer/person that supervised your work (volunteering work counts as well). This letter gives the scholarship provider more information about your qualities, skills, intellectual capacity and it can also reflect your desire or motivation for the degree course and/or university you chose. You should reach out to those people via Email/Phone. Feel free to ask your faculties/HOD. They usually give to students they had taught or interacted with. Most often, due to lack of time when asked, they would ask you to send contents for letter of recommendation or the Latex template file with letterhead. You just need to fill in details about yourselves and reply with the PDF. He/She would redirect it to Scholarship provider email( Note: Ask them to sent the letter via official email, not the common gmail.com ).
CV (Curriculum Vitae)/Resume
Even if you don’t have any work experience at the moment you apply for a scholarship, you can simply include all your study experiences, hobbies, interests, achievements and social skills. Remember to include all the languages that you know (including language certificates), but be honest about your proficiency level; add computer skills, volunteering work and any other courses that you completed (even short courses), especially if they are connected with your study field. You can also include the portfolio website in the resume along with side projects or open source contributions.
Given that there are various scholarships one of the recent ones ask for essays with regards to the particular question. Let’s say why do you want to receive this scholarship? What adversity/ challenges have you faced and how did you overcome it? The applicant is needed to demonstrate this via words or video( depending on application). The important strategy to use here is to check the website of provider and see through their ideal candidate profile and vision statements. This would enable you to write/prepare the essay in alignment to that.
If you have a portfolio website to demonstrate your works that would be much appreciated. This helps them to validate the works and projects you contributed to.
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