How To Win College Scholarship Competitions?

To win a college scholarship competition can be tricky and sometimes a bit frustrating. But, it could be a lot easier if we knew the secret steps on how to do it.

1. Learn details of your scholarship application

Most students are looking for scholarships. To win a college scholarship competition can be tricky & sometimes a bit frustrating. But, it could be a lot easier if they knew the secret steps on how to do it. Here are some tips about how to win a scholarship.
Step 1:

There's types of scholarships that do free you from paying entrance & tuition fees. The scholarship you get covers all your life expenses. There's also scholarships that don't cover the fees. They offer to pay your entrance & first semester tuition fee. On this type, aside from being a student you are also working there. The salary you get every month is then used to gradually pay back the university for fees that they paid you in the first place. Sometimes this type also leaves accommodation to your expense. You need to thoroughly understand what the scholarship program offers you.
Step 2:

After finding the application that suits your desire, learn every detail of it. How much scholarship money do you get, what does it provide (accommodation, tuition fees, life expenses, etc), how long does the program take, & what are the requirements you have to fulfill. Another thing to understand is your status on this scholarship. Are you a full time student or are you also working with a monthly salary? Are the tuition fees fully paid by the university or are you paying it from your salary?

2. Write an appealing curriculum vitae

You have understood details of the scholarship you are about to pursue. Now it's time to construct an appealing CV. Generally, it consists of personal information (name, DOB, address, phone number, & e-mail), educational background, & experiences. Three thing to remember, you need to make it as professional as possible. Write true information that is relevant to the program. For example, if you apply for a degree that is based on research, write down all of your research experience. When you apply for a scholarship about a leadership program, list all of your activities that explain your leadership skills. Emphasize your experience & you'll receive a brilliant CV.
Step 3:

Most scholarships need the applicant to write an essay about their motivation in applying for the scholarship. This letter is to inform the committee of what program you are applying for & where you got information about the program. In this letter you also state what motivates you to apply & what objective you require to accomplish after completing the program. You can add tiny details about your experiences that you have mentioned on the CV.

3. Write a killer motivation letter

There's possibly hundreds or even thousands of applicants that send their application for three scholarship. Reading motivation letters three after another must be exhausting for the committee. It's your job to write a motivation letter that grabs their attention with the first word that you wrote. It's like advertising your product, if you can generate splendid lines, consumers will be interested & buy it. On pursuing the scholarship, your motivation letter is like an advertisement for your self. You are 'selling' your strengths, skills, achievements & experiences. You can spice it up a bit but keep it as natural as possible.

Step 4:

4. Ask for a letter of recommendation from your professors (for continuing study).

5. Ask for notification from the scholarship committee.

This is as well as a key to winning a scholarship. It's better if you ask for it from professors that you often work with. That is because they also know you well. They can write a fair recommendation, explaining your strengths, skill, & why you are perfect to get the scholarship.
Step 5:

After sending your documents, confirm it through an e-mail to the scholarship committee. Ask them to send you notification that they have received your mail. You sure don't require to keep waiting for an announcement while your documents are missing on the way.
Step 6:

6. Have informal talks with the committee or professors

This is actually the first thing to do after you find the scholarship to apply for. Introduce yourself to the committee and/or professors of the scholarship program. Tell them your interest to pursue the scholarship. It could help you understand comprehensive details or requirements & offers. It prevents you from making a mistake on preparing documents. You can also build a connection, with the professors. So when you finally enter the program you'll find no difficulties finding a person for asking questions.
Step 7:

7. Be prepared for an interview

Whether or not you have gotten notification your submission passed the first review, it's better if you start preparing for the interview. Brush up on more details of the program you applied to, the university you'll enter, & it programs. Make sure you have copied the submission documents before you send it so later on you can read them again.
Pursuing scholarship is not an easy job. It takes a lot of hard work & patience. You have to keep trying & improving each time. I reccommend you apply for over three scholarship. Find four or more & apply for them all. But remember, treat every application with the same effort. Cool luck!

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