I am currently looking for a Masters scholarships, Before I got here, I did a lot of research on scholarships generally, and, I realized that the best time to apply for an undergraduate scholarship is probably when in your last year of high school or immediately after and are sure about what course you want to pursue. Again, I would also advice anyone looking to get a Postgraduate Degree scholarship, to start on it early (like in their final year of studies) and only if you have a passion in the course that you are pursuing or are quite sure what Masters or Ph.D program you would like to pursue. If not, get into the job market. Explore and discover what line of career interests you and at that point you can decide to pursue further studies in the same line. Some postgraduate scholarships require some years of experience in the line of studies that you wish to pursue.
Scholarships, where to start, huh?
Let us start from the very beginning. A scholarship is a grant or payment made to support a student’s education (to help him or her further his or her education), awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.
Types of scholarships
Scholarships can be:
Merit-based: These awards are based on a student’s academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities.
Student-specific: These are scholarships for which applicants must initially qualify based upon gender, race, religion, family, and medical history, or many other student-specific factors.
Career-specific: These are scholarships a college or university awards to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study.
College-specific: College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants. These scholarships are given on the basis of academic and personal achievement.
Creative Contest Scholarships: These scholarships are awarded to students based on a creative submission. Contest scholarships are also called mini project based scholarships where students can submit entries based on unique and innovative ideas.
Scholarships are either provided by governments, corporations, universities or any organization with a little goodwill and some money to burn 🙂
When you finally make the decision to pursue one, here are a few hacks to help you remain organized and able to keep track of your applications:
Always read carefully through any scholarship requirements. Make sure you adhere to all that is required and provide all the requested documents. Scholarship providers follow up on their requirements strictly and it would be a waste of your time to apply and automatically be put in the reject list even before you are started on the application process.