What’s a scholarship?
A scholarship is a form of financial aid that is utilized towards your tuition fully or partially and it’s awarded to certain eligible students or professionals as gifts (not a loan) and in some case, with certain conditions attached to it. However, many students ask this question: Can I get a scholarship? How?
Who is Eligible For a Scholarship?
Many people think scholarship is a financial aid given only to students with exceptionally high academic achievements and test scores (merit-based). Although this is widely the purpose of a scholarship and an automatic consideration in some universities and colleges, but scholarships can also be awarded for other reasons as well.
List of some scholarships to study abroad:
Financial needs-based: Awarded to students who cannot financially afford the tuition as well as living expenses in some cases.
Government-based: To encourage citizen students to further their education by studying abroad.
Athletic ability: Awarded to best athletes for the purpose of playing for the university’s team.
Special talents or hobbies: Awarded to students with talents such as in arts, music, and writing.
Ethnic-based: Awarded to minorities and some ethnic groups.
Specific programs of study: For example; nursing and engineering.
Employer-based: Awarded to employees or family members of employees.
Profession-based: Awarded to encourage students pursue professions like accounting.
Gender-specific: For example, scholarships for women only.
Religion-based: Awarded by religious associations to students who follow the same religious affiliation.
Community service: Awarded to students with excellent community service activities and leadership.
Refugees’ scholarship: Awarded to refugees who want to continue their higher education.
Other scholarships: For example, military scholarships which extends also to close family members.
There are several sources for scholarships including:
Universities and colleges: Most universities and colleges offer scholarships based on merit, specific ability, athleticism, ethnicity, gender and some other reasons.
Governments: Ministry of Higher Education in some countries sponsor certain number of students every year to study abroad.
Employers or parents’ employers: Your employer can sponsor your higher education or your parents’ employer can sponsor your education.
Religious organizations: Awards scholarship to students of usually the same religious affiliation.
Corporations and professional organizations: Award scholarships to creative and inventive students as well as for specialized scientific-research.
Private Sponsorship: Some highly successful business people sponsor a number of students yearly.
Organizations: For example, the military, air force, as well as large and successful businesses may sponsor academically high achievers.
Exchange programs: For exchange students or visiting researchers.
If you are not granted a scholarship from your government or if your government doesn’t offer scholarships, try other sources, there are many different scholarships out there, you just need to research them well and see what suits you and apply to one or two or more if you are eligible.
Always check the university’s or college’s scholarship programs for more details. It’s always recommended to apply early for scholarship, as early as the beginning of your 12th grade at school, that’s one year before you start your undergraduate study.
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— SYMAH Academic (@SymahAcademic) February 28, 2018