Scholarships have always been a reward for students academic intelligence, outstanding performances and potential. But beyond that, many of us scout for scholarships as a means of financial support for our academic pursuits especially in the university or college.
Before scholarships are awarded to students as we are well aware, they are shortlisted for scholarship examinations or tests on the basis of their application and are selected for the awards on the basis of their performance in these scholarship exams or tests.
As we all know, the success of any endeavor has a lot to do with how well it is planned and how preparations are carried out.
Hopefully, after going through this post which has been put together from the experiences of students like you who have applied for and gotten scholarships, you will be better equipped to map and draft out plans as well as adequately prepare for scholarships.
1. Start early to do your due diligence.
- 1. Start early to do your due diligence.
- 2. It all starts with your application.
- 3. Ensure that you made your UTME and O-level papers.
- 4. Develop your cognitive skills and reasoning ability.
- 5. Improve on your general knowledge.
- 6. Go through G-MAT Job and Aptitude Test Kits.
- 7. Practice as many time-tests as possible.
- 8. Write as many scholarship examinations as possible.
- 9. Work to maintain a good CGPA while in the university.
- 10. Be positive and optimistic.
Start on time to scout for scholarships and try to recognize the most viable and possible options for you. If you are in the university, for example, you need to start to do your due diligence and scout for viable scholarships from your first year in the university.
Your success in the attainment of scholarships while in school will be highly dependent on how many scholarships you apply well for.
2. It all starts with your application.
The application form you are usually asked to fill, perhaps online or otherwise and the details usually requested for by scholarship sponsors are the greatest determinants of the chances you have of being awarded the scholarship(s).
It is how you advertise yourself, so don’t fill it in a haste, do it very carefully and smartly as you would when applying for a job position or office. Remember, that you will be shortlisted on the basis of your application.
3. Ensure that you made your UTME and O-level papers.
While this is very important, it should however not discourage you from making a try if you didn’t have very good UTME (JAMB and Post-UTME) and O-level papers.
Even though merit as well as academic performance and track-record are one of the major bases for awarding scholarships, there are so many other criteria used to determine qualified scholarship candidates.
4. Develop your cognitive skills and reasoning ability.
Most scholarship examinations and tests, just like job aptitude tests are prepared in such a way that they test your academic and cognitive skills through quantitative reasoning, logical reasoning, critical thinking and management skills. These guys just want to know your aptitude, or in other words, your capability or capacity.
So, it is advisable that you develop these skills by practice. G-MAT Job and Aptitude Test Kits will help you here. You can download a FREE GMAT practice copy here.
5. Improve on your general knowledge.
A lot of scholarship examiners also include general knowledge tests mostly but not limited to current affairs. They want to test if their scholars are up-to-date, well-read and adequately knowledgeable about other fields of study and sectors of society. This is the reason why you should be versatile and improve on your general knowledge.
6. Go through G-MAT Job and Aptitude Test Kits.
Laying your hands on scholarship past questions depending on the type of scholarship you are seeking will do you a lot of good in preparation but if that is not possible, G-MAT Aptitude Test Kits are a very reliable aid to adequate preparation for scholarship exams and job aptitude tests, because most scholarship sponsors work with exam, job and aptitude test contractors and G-MAT Test Kits is a very good compilation of the patterns of questions they usually set. Again, you can download the 2008 Edition of the McGraw-Hill GMAT practice copy here.
7. Practice as many time-tests as possible.
Practicing time-tests is a process of setting fixed time frames similar to exam situations and attempting questions within that given time frame. This process if carried out as many times as possible, prepares you adequately for scholarship examinations. You can be assured of that since a good number of scholarship exams and tests are computer-based.
Practicing computer-based tests will surely be very helpful. If you do a quick search on Google for free GMAT practice tests, you should find some helpful results. You can try out this free GMAT practice test to get a glimpse of the exam.
8. Write as many scholarship examinations as possible.
When scouting for scholarships, because it can at times be an uncertain venture depending on the criteria of different scholarship sponsors, it is absolutely not advisable to put all your eggs in one basket.
Apply for as many as you can and make every efforts to try each and every one of them out. You never know which one will click.
9. Work to maintain a good CGPA while in the university.
Your Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) in some cases will determine whether you will be awarded the scholarship especially if you have spent some time in the university or college, usually more than a year.
However, in other cases, where you are awarded the scholarship before resuming studies in the university or while just resuming, your CGPA will largely determine whether you will keep receiving the scholarship—in the case of a per annum scholarship—throughout your stay in the university or college.
10. Be positive and optimistic.
Many students give up just too soon on scholarships because of negativity and pessimism. Some ask, “With all the people applying, how am I even sure that I will shortlisted, in the first place before we even begin to talk about being awarded the scholarship?”
You must be positive, hopeful and optimistic as this will help you apply enough times and prepare with the right frame of mind for the scholarships and whatever testing method the sponsors and their contractors may want to use. As earlier mentioned, so many criteria are involved. Have you failed before? Once you spot another opportunity, abeg try again. It just might be too soon to make conclusions.