How do I Apply for Scholarships?

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When you apply for scholarships, it is important to be clear on the scholarship requirements. After all, you want to be sure you are eligible before you apply. If you are not, you are wasting your time, as well as the time of the business or individual offering the scholarship.

In addition to making sure you are eligible before you apply for a scholarship, understanding the requirements also helps guide you through the application process. Failure to follow the application requirements correctly will almost certainly result in denial of the scholarship. This can include failing to include a specific form or even filling out the forms with the wrong ink color. Therefore, you absolutely must read all of the requirements and guidelines. If you do not, all of the work you put into the application will be wasted because it will not even be considered.

If you have heard about a particular scholarship and you are not sure of the requirements, it is perfectly acceptable to write to the company or individual to request an application packet. Even if you do have application guidelines, be sure they are the most current versions before you apply for scholarships. Scholarship guidelines routinely change from year to year.


After you apply, be certain to follow up with a telephone call. At the very minimum, you should call to make sure the application has been received. This is a time consuming part of the application process, but well worth the effort. The companies or individuals offering the scholarships most likely have dozens or even hundreds of applications to sort through. Making a follow up phone call is one way to make sure your name is remembered. Therefore, making sure the applications have been received is an essential step in the application process.

If a particular post-secondary institution has already accepted you as a student, you might also apply for scholarships offered through the college or university. To learn about possible scholarship opportunities, contact the financial aid office of the institution. Once again, be certain to follow the guidelines exactly as they are described in the scholarship packet and personally check up on the scholarship application if possible.


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Post 17

Where can the forms for scholarships be found?

Post 12

I am a civil engineering major in my final year student. I want to do a master's degree, but some financial problems have come up. How can I get a scholarship?

Post 11

I'm in need of an MBA scholarship. I completed my bachelor's degree in business studies (BBS) from Islamic university in Uganda, and I would like to go for my masters, but I have financial difficulties to support myself. I'm ready to give back to the community and also help others achieve.

Post 8

I am a student at St. Paul's university in Limuru getting a diploma in business information technology. I believe in hard work, but due to financial uncertainties, I am not likely to complete my studies.

For to this reason, I am looking for a scholarship which will enable me to make me to pursue the diploma in my course. I am a good student and am ready to give back to the society and see other people also achieve their dreams through this kind of assistance.

Post 4

I am a form 4 graduate and i need to pursue actuarial science but I lack money to take it so I need your help. I have a B+. Please help me.

Post 3

@submariner- Another thought is to apply for free scholarships, grants, fellowships, or internships through government organizations. You can often find out about opportunities that are not included in the FAFSA by visiting government websites and entering scholarships in their search bar. You may find that you can earn a handsome summer stipend for a few months’ worth of real world training.

You also may find out about department specific grants and scholarship programs that require a work commitment after graduation. Organizations like the Department of defense, the CIA, National Security, and Federal Law Enforcement are often looking for critical skill recruits. This includes things like foreign language, science, mathematics, and psychology majors. Funding is out there, you just need to be resourceful.

Post 2

@submariner- some of the best scholarships will not be posted on scholarship boards. You will actually have to do a search and find these scholarships on your own. Why this is so, I am not sure, but I assume these organizations expect dedicated professionals to be active in the field.

I would ask some of your best professors what organizations they belong. The odds are that these are respected national organizations and associations, which offer scholarships to talented youth. Organizations like the AEG offer scholarships for geology and engineering students.

You may also try to search for scholarships by large corporations within the industry. Many of these companies keep their competitive edge by developing future employees through scholarship and grant

programs. Maybe you can find scholarships and grants through an oil exploration or energy company. Honestly, the harder you search for scholarships, the more likely you will be competing against a smaller group that applies for those scholarships and grants.
Post 1

Where can I find scholarships for college? I am enrolled in a geology program and this year my tuition and fees has risen by about 15%. I have to apply for more grants and scholarships than my university offered or I will be dropping out of school because I cannot afford it.

What I do not understand is why schools are raising the science and engineering programs more than other programs. The state and federal governments keep complaining about the lack of math and science graduates in the United States, but they are deliberately pushing them out of schools by disproportionately raising tuition for these programs.

What ever happened to full tuition scholarships? I have a very high GPA, have taken challenging courses, and will likely graduate with honors, but my university has only offered me a fraction of tuition in grants and scholarships.

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