There are hundreds of thousands of scholarship offers available to students all over the world, but finding a scholarship in you region that suits your needs and that you qualify for is often a very difficult task because of the different criteria for each of the scholarship offers. In this article I will tell you some ways to find scholarships more conveniently.
Financial Aid Office: The first place to look for scholarships is the financial office of your school or college. Most of the colleges hire qualified counselors to assist students with aid matters. These counselors can provide you valuable leads to scholarship offers.
Scholarship search sites: These online scholarship search engines are a very useful tool that can make the process of searching for scholarships very convenient. There are over 50 of such scholarship search engines that can provide complete information on almost all the scholarship offers in developed countries. They also provide information on all scholarship programs offered in developed countries but may not cover all programs in a country. Most of the scholarship search sites can also search a scholarship for you that you qualify for by letting you complete a personal information form. These search engines save a lot of your time and effort.
Government Aid Website: If you are searching for scholarships in America, you find all scholarships offered by the U.S government on the website of the aid office of the U.S department of education also known as the FAFSA website. This site provides information and online application facility for all programs offered by government. Students from countries other than U.S may also be able to find such government websites for their countries.
MNC’s Websites: You should also look for scholarships offered by large organizations. Almost all multinational organizations run scholarship programs in their fields for talented students. Some examples are the scholarships offered PEPSI, Intel, Mc Donald’s and Dell. You can find such scholarships with little effort over the internet.
Newspapers: Most of the large scholarship funds and welfare organizations use newspapers to advertise their scholarship programs. Particularly students from developing countries where internet is not widely accepted as an advertisement medium should keep an eye on scholarship advertisements in newspapers.
Discounts: You should not only look for scholarships, some colleges and universities may be willing to offer you discounts in tuition fee based on your grades or sporting excellence in the previous institute.
The job market today, especially in business administration related fields has become very competitive. Postgraduate degree holder professionals from within the US and professionals from other countries have increased the expectations of employers. Most employers now prefer to employ people with a masters or PHD degree. Education at post graduate level is very expensive and government generally provides no aid to students for postgraduate study.
In the 80’s many aid programs were specifically formed to provide women’s scholarships to encourage women to get higher education in order to make them play equal roles in national progress, but the gender gap among both the workforce and higher education professionals has greatly narrowed ever since, and is no longer considered to be socially destabilizing. This situation has caused many scholarship programs for women to vanish.
The universities today offer great flexibility in all degree courses, which help students in overcoming different hurdles in their higher education. Most of the universities now offer evening classes, which are a good option for family and working women. Some universities also offer online MBA courses, which also facilitates students who have some sort of difficulty in going to college.
Government grants for MBA courses are nonexistent but women can find many women’s scholarships offered by many welfare organizations and women-only professional associations. One such example is The Philanthropic Educational Organization that offers many scholarships to women pursuing a master’s degree including scholarships for women pursuing MBA degrees. They also offer student loan of $10,000 on 4% interest rate to women pursuing higher education.
Another example is The Education Foundation for Women in Accounting that provides financial assistance to women joining accounting and business related degrees.
Women can also look for special discounts offered to women in some universities. Many universities and business schools offer different discounts to different classes of women, such as discounts for single mothers etc. Many other colleges also offer confirm discounts to all students joining an MBA course, these confirm discounts are particularly common in UK.
Women can search for women’s scholarships for MBA and discounts offered by different colleges and universities over the internet. These offers can be searched over scholarship search engines available on the internet. There are about 50 of such scholarship search engines that can provide you with information on all women’s scholarships and discounts available to you worldwide. Some of these sites can also provide you comparative information on living costs in different countries, in case you decide on studying in another country.