When the freshmen euphoria is over, people usually start thinking about student loans they will have to pay out. However big your financial burden is, you can always try your luck and win a scholarship. Of course, the competition is going to be fierce, but, as they say, no pain, no gain. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be an excellent student to apply for a scholarship. It doesn’t mean your academic performance will be ignored though, but 4.0 will be enough. I’ve prepared some scholarship tips that helped me get my “gift aid.” Check them out.
- Don’t limit yourself to one scholarship. You can always hope for the best, but it’s better to have a backup plan. That’s why applying for only one scholarship is not a good idea. No intention of hurting you, but the statistics says you are not likely to win in this case. To boost your chances, apply for as many scholarships as you can. Consider unique scholarships, yet don’t fully rely on them. The good thing is, filling in applications becomes easier after some time. You can even transfer some answers, but beware of copy pasting everything. Every scholarship is unique and requires specific answers, so use some creativity.
- An early bird catches the worm. If you want to succeed, you have to be well ahead of your competitors. Many of your fellow students will not start considering scholarship options until the last months of the high school. Find unique scholarships you would like you apply for, check their deadlines, and add them to your calendar. This way, you will have enough time to prepare all the necessary documents, including essays and recommendation letters, and submit them as soon as they start accepting applications.
- Manage your time. There are many things most scholarship hunters have in common: they are smart, creative, dedicated, and they tend to procrastinate. While the first three things are not that easy to compete with, time management is something you can learn pretty fast. The first thing you can do is create a detailed plan of how to make your application exceptional. By this I mean choosing the appropriate kind of paper, envelope, deciding which font will be the best, etc. Most people ignore these things because they don’t have time for them. So, let efficient time management be one of your biggest assets. Well, these three simple tips helped me win my dream scholarship. I started preparing well ahead the deadlines, took my time to fill in the application forms, and last-minute decision was never my habit. Follow my advice and Lady Luck will be merciful to you!