University Scholarships

What is a Scholarship?

Scholarship is a financial aid program which is awarded to students with some peculiarity. Generally is a prize for students with better grades or with greater skills for the sport, but also provided for students who need economic support because of the financial situation of their families.

The scholarships are offered by the companies or sponsors willing to invest in the education of students. Fortunately, the Internet saves time in searching for sponsors, something that not many years ago took a lot more work and effort.

Scholarships unlike loans, do not require to return the money and can afford up to 30% of the total cost of educating a student.

There are scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, awarded by thousands of sponsors around the world. It's not so easy to get a scholarship, for that a student must meet certain basic requirements and/or qualifications.
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What is the difference between a Scholarship and a Grant?

Some parents and students don't have this clear, the difference is that a Scholarship is given to students with some academic merit, athletic, artistic or any other type of quality, while a grant is given to students that need some economic support.

Be very careful when looking for a scholarship online, now internet scams are very common, so if you find a great site out there that asks you to make a preliminary payment before seeking a grant for you, is better to close the page and try to look anywhere else. It is preferable to set aside some websites that ask payment for their services and focus on websites that offer free services.

Tips to get a Scholarship

  1. Before applying for a scholarship, you should check all the requirements, once you have everything clear make a self assessment and see if you have chances of being elected. Start ASAP and Apply Early - Many scholarships have early application deadlines, so don't miss out on these opportunities.

  2. You should be aware of application deadlines, some scholarships have early deadlines, it is better to be safe and take advantage of those opportunities.

  3. The best thing would be to seek a scholarship in your area, it is easier to get and there is less competition. Among the sponsors may be business owners, organization and even some churches. Also try to get some State-funded scholarships, can be very beneficial as the state is always willing to invest considerable sums of money on education.

  4. When filling out the application form, check that all spaces are full, do not leave without completing spaces, if any section does not apply to you, explain that in the blank space.

  5. Follow the instructions properly so that there is not a possibility to find an error, check it twice and get someone to check it too. The slightest error can make your request be denied.

  6. Do not risk, send the application form safely, if possible via Fedex, so there is not a chance that gets lost on the road or that the form arrives late at the destination.

  7. Something very important is to fill the application in a clear and orderly, if the scholarship program has many applications to review, will eliminate those that can not be clearly read.

  8. Find out if in the college you are planning to attend exists a school-specific scholarships available, can also be helpful.

  9. Try to contact some financial counselor in the college, maybe you can find a scholarship that fits better to you, or one that is not listed on the website.

  10. Something that can help you get a scholarship is to belong to a sports team or a club or make any form of community service. As well as maintain good grades, have a good GPA increases your chances of getting a scholarship.

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