Want to Win a Scholarship this Time Next Year? 10 things you Must Know & Do

From identifying your scholarship winning advantage, finding the right scholarship, to collaborating with like minds, here are 10 things you need to know and put to practice to increase your chances of winning a scholarship for next academic year.

Identify your Scholarship Strengths

What is your scholarship winning advantage? Is it academic talent, leadership potential, volunteer activities, natural ability, community involvement or passion for development? Create an achievement portfolio to identify and highlight your strengths. Engage in activities that build on your strength. In addition to previous academic performance, students that engage in extra-curricular and volunteering activities often have better chances of winning a scholarship.

Prioritize to Find the right Scholarship

Do you desire local or international scholarship? Do you want to study in Europe, USA, Canada, Asia or Australia? You have to decide what you want. Then find and apply for as many scholarships that meet your desire. Take note of deadlines, benefits, eligibility and requirements of the scholarship program.

Start early

Past scholarship winners agree that early scholarship search and preparation added to their advantage. Start preparing your materials even before application opens. Transcript, certificates, English language tests, recommendation letters, etc. Monitor your progress as you apply for each scholarship.

Work with other Scholarship Seekers

You don’t have to go through it alone. Working with like minds will make the boring process more interesting. Get support, feedback, ideas, encouragement and momentum from each other.

Focus on Sponsor’s Goals

Every scholarship provider or awarding institution have unique selection criteria. Dig deeper to learn more about the organization, their objective and mission. Why do they offer scholarships? What are they looking for in applicants? Let your application match these expectations.

Follow Instructions

The easiest way to be disqualified, even if you meet every requirement, is to not follow instructions. How you prepare your application will show how detail-oriented you are. Prepare your application according to instructions.

Stand Out

Make your application stand out from the crowd. Clearly convey your hopes and dreams so that the selection committee can get a clear picture of who you are and what sets you apart from other applicants.

Write an Engaging Essay

If the scholarship requires an essay, it’s an opportunity to express your personality, originality and creativity. Let your essay demonstrate who you are, what you intend to achieve and why you should be awarded a scholarship. And keep it within chosen topic.

Be formal

Don’t make the mistake of using informal abbreviations and emoticons in your online application. Applying for scholarship is not like updating Facebook or Whatsapp profile. Be formal. And make sure someone proofreads your application before submitting.

Submit early

Avoid late submissions. Submit your application before the deadline. Then hope for the best.

If you don’t win, try again.

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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