No. Scholarships are not only for smart people or overachievers.
Are you a student who is looking for scholarships?
Just today. My adviser forwarded two scholarships for application.
Susme. Nagpapahiwatig na si adviser.
— Erwin Racasa (@erwinracasa) September 7, 2017
A scholarship is a financial aid given to deserving students for them to be able to continue their education. Almost all senior high schools, universities, and colleges offer scholarship that can help you pay your tuition. However, you should know a few things that can help you get that scholarship.
- How to apply for a scholarship?
In applying for a scholarship, you should consider these seven things so that you can determine what kind of scholarship you are really looking for and what you really need.
- Grade: To qualify for a full or partial academic scholarship, you should belong to the upper 10% of the graduating class or scored very high in the entrance exam of the school. Scholarships typically support students who have a certain grade point average, and it is usually 85% or above. Your grades are an indicator of your academic ability. Scholarship providers want to be sure that they are supporting a scholar who will be successful through their education.
- Level of education: Know if you are applying for senior high or for college. Determining this will help you narrow scholarships that cover this area of study. You can also check if there are organizations that can offer both so you can get supported on your higher education journey.
- Course: Many scholarships only cover certain courses. Knowing which course you want to take up will help you narrow the scholarships that cover that. There are also scholarships offered for a specific career track.
- Financial Need: Many scholarships require proof that your family income is below a certain amount. They want to make sure that they support students who demonstrate the need for economic support. Students belonging to families with below PHP 100,000 annual income are usually considered for full scholarships, on top of other eligibilities and based on the type of grant being given.
- Type of scholarship: Look what type of scholarship fits you. Some organizations offer scholarships for various merits. It can be academic, merit, athletic, talent or skills, technical-vocational-livelihood, corporate among others. Knowing your skills and what you can offer can determine the type of scholarship you can apply to. Athletic and Special Talent scholarships usually require the applicant to take a performance test.
- School acceptance: Many scholarships are allocated for students in specific programs and schools. You will have to prove that you were accepted into a school and have passed that their entrance exam in order to gain certain scholarships. Meanwhile, there are also schools that offer scholarships to their future potential students. Getting into these schools is the first step when you apply for their scholarship.
- Coverage: Coverage depends on the scholarship. There are full scholarships which cover the full tuition. Although they are full, some will only cover tuition, while others will cover tuition and provide extra money for school supplies and transport. There are also partial scholarships, these will cover a part of your tuition costs.
- How do I get the scholarship money?
It varies by scholarships. Some scholarships will pay the school directly, while others may set up a direct bank account for scholars and deposit money on a regular basis. You can inquire to the scholarship provider or the school to find out how you will get the grant.
- What do I need to prepare when applying for one?
If you wish to pursue your application for a scholarship, the usual instructions would be filling out and submitting the application form before the deadline. The organization would also need a scanned copy of the following documents:
- Proof of acceptance from the school you applied to
- Grade 10 report card, with grades above 85% in all subjects
- Parents’ (legal guardian) income tax return for a year
Some organization also ask for an essay on why you should get that scholarship offer.
- How long does it take to apply for a scholarship?
Each scholarship has a different process but you should begin searching for one as early as possible. If the process involves an interview, it may take up to a month or more from the initial application submission to acceptance. You can check the scholarship listing on the stages that you will undertake when getting a scholarship. However, the faster you can submit the requirements, the better it will get for the organization to process your application.