…The Application Process (Part 2)
Now that you have gotten over the hump of searching for suitable scholarships, it’s time for part 2 of the work to begin. Many scholarships require ALOT of documents and this will involve some serious leg work. Fortunately, most scholarships also tend to ask for similar things such as:
- A certified copy of your highest diploma or degree
- Recommendation letters
- A certified copy of your transcript
- A Study Plan (The name of this may vary from scholarship to scholarship, but it’s really the same thing)
- A photo copy of some type of identification (more than likely your passport)
Knowing this will save you from making the trip to your school 10 different times to get the same documents, bugging your teachers 10 times for the same recommendation letter and writing the same study plan 10 different times. It is important to customize the documents to suit the specific scholarship, BUT it is good to have these things on hand to:
1. Save yourself from frustration and
2. Have quick access to them in case you suddenly find a scholarship that you really want to apply for whose deadline is 1 week away (for example)
Applications can be overwhelming, stressful and frustrating, but don’t let that stop you. Most scholarships give you a checklist of what is required, but if not, make your own check-list. As you complete one aspect of the list, cross it off so you can focus your attention on what you do not have instead of what you think you do not have. Pace yourself and work your way through the list so that you can have all your documents together in time for the deadline.
If you completed your application to the best of your ability, then a huge weight will be lifted off your shoulder when you hand in your application. If you think you did something wrong however, then that mistake will probably be on your mind constantly. Try to do other things to get it off your mind because you already handed it in and there’s nothing that can be done about it now, except wait for the call for the interview.
Part 3 – The Interview (To be continued..)