Choosing The Right Scholarship: What you Need To Know?




If you have decided on pursuing a scholarship but are not quite sure which one, this article is for you. With so many different scholarships to choose from, how does one choose the right scholarship? This article shares some useful pointers.



Know your strengths


Knowing what you are good at is a crucial point to take note of when applying for a scholarship. For example, being good at math and physics, you may be better suited for a scholarship in the engineering field or academia field. If one is better at the languages, an arts-based scholarship is better. Know what your strengths are.



Standards to meet


Know what the scholarship requirements are before accepting one. Understand that a scholarship is sponsored by an organisation, and therefore it has requirements to be met in order to fulfil the scholarship. These requirements are usually grade based and scholarships often have a minimum GPA requirement. If you are not performing well in your course and do not think you can match the GPA requirement consistently, you should seek other scholarships or avoid applying for one. Remember that failing to meet the GPA requirements can have your scholarship revoked and this usually results in paying for the previously subsidised school fees provided for from the scholarship provider.



Roles and responsibilities


Knowing the right industry and company to work for and one that suits your needs and preferences are vital when choosing your scholarship. Understand that you will usually be bonded to these companies for a good 3 to 5 years upon graduation. It is best you find out more about the work and environment you will be working in before committing to a scholarship. Talk to seniors or ask the company itself what is it that you will be doing for the company after you graduate. This will also impress the scholarship provider as you are showing an interest in what the company can offer you, and the roles and responsibilities expected of you, in other words, what you can bring to the table.