There are many men and women above the age of 30 who wish to attend college and universities and complete their education. Many students of older age attend colleges to acquire higher educational degrees and there are many reasons behind that. (more…)
Searching for a scholarship that can provide for your educational expenses and that you qualify for is a difficult task. You have to go through hundreds of programs or spend multiple hours on scholarship search engines finding a scholarship that you hope you will qualify for. Your task however does not ends with finding a scholarship that you qualify to apply for and that suits your requirements; after you have found a programs that you are eligible for you need to make the application with utmost care.
Your application should be complete in all respects. You should carefully read the requirements of each scholarship program that you are applying for, provide all documents and information required by them for evaluation. Scholarship providers will normally require you to provide documentations regarding past academic achievements, your identity, proof of extracurricular activities, CV etc. If you are applying from a developing country you might also be required to get the documents verified by a higher education regulatory authority in your country.
In the CV you provide with your application, you should feel free to mention any social and extracurricular activities in which you have taken part in past. You should mention even the smallest of participation that highlights your leadership or social skills. Most of the scholarship providers prefer applicants that have extra academic skills over applicants that just excel academically.
You should also include a personal statement (essay style) in your application. The personal statement should explain your academic background right from school to your present education level. It should also explain the reason you are interested in a specific course and your own history if any of association with the subjects. A good written personal statement can increase your chances of getting a scholarship greatly, particularly subject specific scholarship programs require you to submit these statements.
You should also get reference letters from you teachers even before beginning your search for a scholarship. If you are applying for a subject specific scholarship these letters are very important as they convey the image of your personality from the minds of your past teachers to the minds of scholarship providers.
Lastly, the best strategy for getting a scholarship grant to fund your studies is to make multiple applications. You should apply on every scholarship program whose minimum requirements you meet. Making multiple applications will obviously enhance your chances of winning a scholarship.