Getting a higher education scholarship to study abroad is probably every person’s dream. It takes care of the headache of paying back loans taken from the bank, or working part-time in order to be able to pay the steep college or university fees. Although most of us desire to get a scholarship, many of us are not well informed about the various scholarships offered or how to go about getting one.
Want to know all about higher education scholarship opportunities? Here are a few facts that you should be aware of-
• About 95% of the top universities and colleges in the world offer scholarships. Some even offer Indian scholarship opportunities, designated solely to Indian students.
• Start your higher education scholarship research early. The earlier you start the research the better. It will save you a lot of last minute application stress. There are tons of scholarship opportunities available these days. Thorough research will give you more options and lower the chances of any missed deadlines.
• It is very important that you check what scholarships you can apply for based on your eligibility. This will save you unnecessary harassment of wasting time and then find out that you are disqualified because you did not meet certain eligibility requirements.
• You need to know that organization is the key to everything. Maintain a separate folder for your higher education scholarship application.
• Keep all the documents ready! Make a checklist of the documents that each university asks for. Go through the checklist and all the documents in your folder at least two to three times. If you send in your application with a missing document it is bound to create a bad impression on the scholarship committee.
• An application for scholarship for higher studies is no less than a job interview. Presentation is the first key to making a positive impact and a lasting impression. Think about your presentation strategy, days ahead of your submission date.
• Every scholarship application requires references. Make a list of individuals who would be willing to recommend you for a scholarship. Approach them weeks before the application deadline, and ask them for a reference stating the program you are applying to. References are a must when it comes to making a good scholarship application.
• Lastly, do not, in any way miss the deadline. All your hard work and the months of preparation will go to waste if you miss the scholarship application deadline.
Note that there are many opportunities for Indian scholarship programs meant specifically for Indian students, some being offered by the government, some by private universities and colleges. Find out these scholarships and see if you fit the bill!
Rajat Kumar has an engineer’s degree and believes that scholarships play a major role in helping one fulfil the dream of studying abroad. He is now a lecturer in one of the top engineering colleges and loves to educate students on the importance of graduation and howhigher education scholarships help in the long run.