Winning a scholarship is not the easiest of tasks, but once you get one, you know it’s a valuable gift that you never have to give back; a gift that can provide great opportunities. Even though scholarships are hard to receive, when you consider these 8 points, you significantly increase your chances of winning one.
1. What are your future interests?
A scholarship should give you the opportunity to build up plenty of knowledge and skills that will be applicable in your choice of career in the future.
2. What does the scholarship cover?
While some scholarships cater for all expenses, others are limited to a certain amount which caters for specific expenses.
3. Are there career advancement opportunities?
Depending on your future plans, you may want to look for a scholarship that offers career opportunities beyond the academics. Some organizations and employers offer their employees scholarship opportunities to advance their careers.
4. What is the length of the bond, if any?
Besides the joy of getting a free education or career advancement, some scholarships are tied to a bond. While a bond can also be seen as an opportunity for a job, it is important to consider the duration of the bond and ensure that it is proportionate to the cost and duration of your studies.
5. What are the benchmarked academic points?
Scholarships are mainly awarded based on merit, however, when considering a scholarship, it is important to consider the cut-off points.
6. Is it tied to any talent?
If you have a talent for sports or music, you might want to look for scholarships that are talent-based.
7. Does it give you access to credible institutions?
In Kenya most scholarships allow the beneficiaries to take up their courses in the institution of their choice. Most of them support students in public institutions as they are deemed stable and credible.
8. Is it tied to any religious affiliations?
Beneficiaries of some religious scholarships are required to attend institutions that are affiliated to that particular religious organisation. If you are not religious, make sure you think about the pros and cons of attending a school with a religious affiliation.
While it is easy to get caught up in the hype of a particular scholarship, ultimately, ensure you consider these factors carefully and choose the best match for you and your goals. Good luck!