In this article I would like to discuss various points which must be in the knowledge of every person seeking a scholarship. The scholarship is often an International endeavor; so, you will obviously have to depend upon some skills to improve your chances of getting one. Apart from being able of efficient search engine use, you must be aware of the following facts.
Firstly, you must apply for more than just one scholarship. There is usually more than one place which is offering scholarships in your desired field. It can be really helpful for your cause to apply to as many places as possible.
Secondly, since you will be applying to more than one place, so you must not be discouraged by your low GP or SAT score. Many institutes demand that you have a certain score in tests like TOEFL, SAT, etc. You must keep in mind that you must not keep yourself from applying if you happen to have a low score until a certain score is specifically mentioned in the scholarship terms.
Thirdly, it is very important to apply as early as possible. This will enable you to take tests like the TOEFL which the institution might require or prepare other documentation well within time and without a fuss. Having said that, you must also remember that it is never too late to apply if you are within the deadline and you measure up to the criteria.
Fourthly, you must identify all the sources from where you can get information regarding scholarships. The sources include newspapers/magazines, websites of organizations, seminars, websites of institutions, etc. Take special note of the places which are a permanent source of information and check out these sources on a regular basis. If it is a website you can bookmark it in your browser, or if it is a magazine you can become a permanent subscriber.
Fifthly, you can apply for grants or you may combine more than one scholarship to fund your cause. This can be a very handy way to measure up to the competition pressure that accompanies the scholarship award process.
Lastly, you must bear in mind that you do not need to refund the scholarship money, and you also do not need to pay anything or anyone to get a scholarship. There is usually no age requirement for the scholarship grant process, but you must be aware of the time duration of the scholarship grant.