Scholarships Do's And Don'ts
Scholarship application can be very tedious. It is best to know the do's and don'ts of scholarship applications in order to have the best application as possible.
Read the scholarship requirements thoroughly. Make sure that you fulfill all the requirements listed. Most scholarship providers are very particular about the student they present the scholarship to.
Complete the application in full
Do not leave blanks. If the information is requested, it must be important to the organisation in their selection process. Failure to comply may often result in your application being rejected.
Provide everything that is required. You may be penalised for things you've missed out. However, don't give things that aren't required.
Candidates are often disqualified because of illegible handwriting. Always type your application. If you really have to write, do it neatly and legibly.
Personal and specific
Write an essay that gives a good and lasting impression. Share personal experiences and always be honest and sincere.
Be on track
Make sure that you give yourself enough time to complete the application and submit it by the deadline stated. Late applications are not entertained.
Initial your application
Write your name and identification card number on every page of your application paper. Stapled pages may come loose and with the hundreds of applications they receive, it may just get mixed up with another. Don't risk it.
In case something goes wrong or your application goes missing, you can reproduce one right away.
If you are facing difficulties in the application process, don't be afraid to ask. It is better to know than to be oblivious about it.
Grammatical errors and spelling errors among others would get your application thrown out. Therefore get someone to proofread it for you so that they can catch the mistakes that you may have missed.
- rush through your application. Take your time to answer the questions to the best of your ability.
- ignore the instructions. They are there for a reason.
- leave any questions blank or unanswered. Every question is important.
- exaggerate or brag. It doesn't make you look good.
- send your application in after the specified deadline. They will not be considered at all.
- Illustrate your strengths and your points with real examples.
- make spelling or grammatical mistakes. Always run a spell-check on your document.
- forget to include relevant documents and important information.
- apply if you don't meet the scholarship requirements. It will just be a waste of your time.
- think that it's impossible for you to get that scholarship. If all things are equal, you stand a better chance of getting that scholarship when you submit a carefully crafted application!