Sunday, 11 June 2017

Getting a scholarship

      One of our dreams as students is to get a scholarship but after trying so many times, we're it as a mere dream.  Truth is that dream can become real.  Yes,  getting a scholarship is possible though not as easy.  Students like you have got these scholarships, you can too!
So,  I am going to share with you helpful tips that would increase your chances of winning a scholarship :

1. Be up-to-date: Many have missed scholarship opportunities simply due to ignorance.  It is therefore important that you are always informed about ongoing or expected scholarships. Subscribe to websites that deal on scholarships, register with that Cyber-cafĂ© in school that is into scholarships, regularly surf the net,  join What's App groups that share scholarship updates and of course, ask people around about any ongoing scholarship.

2. Always have the necessary documents: To be forewarned is to be forearmed . There are some documents that are always almost required for scholarship applications like JAMB admission letter,  JAMB original result,  birth certificate, O' Level result,  school ID card,  etc. Do not wait till you are applying for a scholarship before you start running around to get them.  If a document is required for one scholarship, chances are that it would be required in another. Get all your documents stored in soft copy in your phone,  flash drive,  computer or in whatever form you can easily retrieve it for future use.

3. Apply early: "The early bird catches the worm", the saying goes. Being among the first applicants would also put you among the first for consideration. So apply early and boost your chances of getting selected.

4. Follow instructions: When applying for some scholarships,  it is required that the document be in a particular format like JPEG, PDF, WORD or some other format. They may require a particular document stamped and endorsed by your HOD.  They may want you to arrange the documents in a particular order.  Do not assume that they would overlook your not adhering to instructions. Sometimes what can distinguish one student from others is simply adhering to instructions and please,  be honest with the information you give.

5. Try out past questions: Some scholarship exams repeat the questions they have given over the years,  others do not.  Either ways,  it is important to practice past questions. Not only would they teach you on the best ways to answer,  they would offer helpful insights on what you should expect.

6. Being selected: Never assume that because they have called you to take the exam,  it is as good as winning the scholarship. Follow instructions till the end.  Go early,  dress well and bring the required documents.

7. Taking the exam: Of course, you would not know all the answers to the different questions. Read the instructions carefully. Answer the questions you know as quickly and as carefully as you can first. For the ones you do not know,  look for the options that appear similar and the one that stands out different. Look out for any particular sequence in the options. Use common sense, obviously. Worst case scenario, answer all unknown questions using a particular options like option A/B /C / D through out.  Seems like gambling but chances are some will be correct.

8. After everything: If you eventually get the scholarship, Good for you!  If you do not,  it is not the end.  Find out where you went wrong and learn from it.  Keep on applying for scholarships; do not give up! Do not look down on a scholarship or feel you are not qualified enough or feel that the requirements are too much.  If getting a scholarship is your dream,  then keep pushing till the door opens.  Even if you still do not get,  do not beat yourself.  Try other rewarding opportunities like writing competitions, quizzes,  debates,  being the best in your department, talent competition, leadership or even beauty pageants. You never know where your breakthrough would come from!

    Remember,  the future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams.


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