Scholarship is the best way to fund your education and make college life easier. If you complete your studies with the help of scholarships, you do not have to leave your college with debt that you will need to repay for the next 10 – 15 years. However, if you are not very familiar with the application process of scholarships, (more…)
A scholarship form is a necessary component of the scholarship application process. Most of the times, the scholarship form is self explanatory and is quite easy to fill out and submit. The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the things that the candidates must not overlook while filling out the scholarship form.
Let us take a review of a typical scholarship form:
The scholarship form starts with an inquiry about the applicant’s personal information. This includes the name of the applicant, father’s name, e-mail, etc. This part is self explanatory but the information provided must still be accurate to the last spellings.
The application form next inquires about the scholarship or loan opportunities that were availed recently or in the last year. This might require you to give information about the awarding authority, the period of the scholarship, the amount per month, the name of the scholarship, etc.
The application form’s most important section is the one in which you enter your academic achievements. This is usually in reverse chronological order with the most recent classes attended written at the top and then proceeding to the previous classes. There is nothing much you have to take care of here. Just make sure to enter the information carefully and accurately. The rest obviously depends upon your good grades.
The application form quite often requires you to enter information related to your extracurricular activities. This section may describe your pastimes, sports activities, etc. This section is a subjective one which means that you can use your own words to describe your extracurricular activities. The candidate must try to make the maximum impact over here but must not submit false information.
The application form also inquires about the income of the parents of the candidate. This will enable the scholarship awarders to determine the amount that the candidate can contribute to his studies and the level of economic need.
This was some of the information that could be asked about in the scholarship form. The candidates must also make sure to attach the required documents and certificates carefully. It is also advisable to start the application process well before time as this will enable the candidate to comfortably meet the application deadline and arrange for any special requirements. Last but not the least, a photocopy of the application form should be retained and filed for future reference and if possible could also act as a backup copy when needed.
Applying to get a scholarship can take a lot of time and cause frustration to the applicants. However, there are things that you can make to go smoothly and avoid some hair pulling.
1. Read the Application Intelligently
You are required to read the application completely and carefully. This will save you a lot of trouble later on. Fill in the information in all the fields of the application form carefully. This is especially important because different application forms have different fields to be filled in.
2. Be Well Prepared
Prepare a personal statement that reflects your capabilities accurately. If you have not prepared one yet do so as early as possible. You will also need to keep many copies of the statement for use with each of the scholarships application that you want to make. The statement should include you complete information.
3. Use Writing Space Economically
Just like the resume it is imperative that you do not use continuation sheets for you application. The persons who are going to check your applications will do not usually have the time to read through your application if it is too extensive. If you find the urge to fill out much more information than the space can afford, try to let go of less significant information and use only the important information.
4. Have a Clear Idea of the Requirements
Determine what the scholarship provider is looking for. For instance, if they require you to be a particularly erudite person, do your best to prove yourself that. Feel free to support your points with examples. Keep in mind though that telling a lie in a scholarship application will always get you in trouble so remain within the boundaries of truth.
5. Know the reason for Your Choice
You must be able to communicate the reason for your choice of the field of study that you are in. Just imagine, you want to acquire a scholarship to fund your study and you do not know why exactly have you chosen the field, then how will you be able to convince anyone that you truly deserve to have the scholarship you are applying for.
6. Do Some Proofreading
As a general rule you must never send scholarship applications without proofreading them. A good way is to read over your application once and then read it again later before sending it. You can also ask a friend or a family member to proofread your application. All this is to ensure that everything is in order and will not make a bad impression on the officials.