Unknown Benefits of Scholarship Applications

by Esther Ng

 

Everyone knows that scholarships are meant to unburden students’ monetary worries in pursuing their tertiary education. However, there are more means to applications for scholarships than students realize. Here are a few other unknown benefits of scholarships that you may not be aware of.

 

Study abroad Opportunities

Due to many universities’ study abroad and exchange programs, students now have the opportunity to do a semester or two in another country while paying the exact same fees to their university campus. This often means that your school fees do not change, and you would not need to go through the hassle of converting currency and worrying about the cost.

The best thing, however, is that any amount of money covered or sponsored by scholarships you have received is applicable toward your semester abroad. I have known friends who have successfully applied for and received enough scholarships to cover their entire school fees for a study abroad semester. In addition to that, there are specific scholarships that cater to study abroad programs only. These scholarships are usually course-specific, but there are some that offer a complete full coverage of your semester abroad. It would be worth every chance!

As always, as a precaution, always double check with your advisor and study abroad counselor regarding the application of local scholarships toward your semester abroad. It also would not hurt to contact your donor to ensure that there are no hiccups on the way. The last thing you want is to have a scholarship withdrawn when you’ve already bought your tickets to Spain!

 

Introduction to Written Assignments

Almost all scholarship applications come with some sort of written section. I have covered the logistics and importance of the written sections of scholarships in previous posts; and I beg to differ if these short responses do not bear resemblance to your future written assignments.

You might think that this is an elementary subject, but writing does, however, make up a large part of your college education. Students have been pushed on their ability to write well and appropriately according to the written requirement, no matter the subject they are studying. Short responses to prompt questions test students’ abilities to write accordingly, just like college essays.

Secondly, some scholarships come in the version of writing competitions. Applicants are required to write short(or maybe longer!) essays to broad and yet very tricky questions. The scholarship reward, however, is handsome and very much worth the effort. If you think that writing can be put off, think again. Scholarship applications prepare you for college classes as you write out those responses.

 

Research skills

Whether you like it or not, college will have you doing plenty of research throughout your tertiary education. Research can be lengthy, difficult, time-consuming and altogether a complete chore, as you already know or will soon find out. While the digital age has made it much easier and faster for applicants to scour the field for potential scholarships, students still find it a tedious task to identify eligible scholarships.

While Scholar’s App has been and is still working on making the process less tedious for us all, the fact remains that applicants have to do a thorough research during the scholarship hunt. Obviously, the more scholarships you apply to, the higher your chances of obtaining more monetary assistance in your upcoming school year. Applicants have to become extremely creative in their search for these elusive scholarships– especially the smaller, independent ones that receive less publicity.

Researching for scholarships has similarities to college research. Students have to be creative about their methods, and resourceful about how they can obtain information and where. The initiative that students take while researching for scholarships will sharpen their skills for when they enter university, thus giving them an advantage. So don’t be discouraged by the difficulty of the scholarship search just yet. It will pay off– literally and metaphorically!

 

Interviews

There are a few scholarship donors who select final applicants to be interviewed as part of their final decision. This can be daunting, no doubt, but surely acts as an introduction to post-graduate life. If you do in fact get selected for an interview, don’t get too nervous. The judges have clearly seen something in your written application packet. It is time to prove your worth to them in person.

You may thank this task in the future, should you ever need to apply for jobs on or off campus while studying full time. Every little bit of experience counts.

 

Lastly, remember that scholarship applications are your first step into pursuing your dreams and your career. Every bit of struggle and difficulty will always result in a learning experience, whether you successfully obtain the scholarship or not. It is beneficial for any applicant to go through the scholarship application process, even if you are unaware of it. Go for it, and don’t give up!

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