Last week we talked about about developing a budget when thinking of attending a college. Scholarships and awards can be a great resource when planning the financial needs of your college education.
Each year, many scholarships throughout Canada go unclaimed because students are unaware of the opportunities or don’t take the time to pursue scholarships and awards.
Here are some tips to consider when applying for a scholarship or award:
- Do your research: there are number of web sites that list scholarships available in Canada. Two of the larger ones are www.studentawards.com and www.scholarshipscanada.com. You can also check with on your institution’s web site for their specific awards.
- Inventory your activities: many scholarships require a demonstration in leadership, volunteering, etc. Think of all your hobbies, extra-curricular activities and volunteering that you could include on your application. Don’t discount something because you think “it’s not important.”
- Get out and work: if there is a scholarship or award you’re interested, but lack the qualifications, get out and work towards the requirements. There are many volunteer opportunities in your city. You’ll increase your chances of getting the scholarship and improve the community you live in.
- Mark it on your calendar: scholarships always have an application deadline. Don’t let the opportunity pass you by, give yourself a friendly reminder to apply.
A college education is a significant investment in your future. A scholarship can help offset the costs and give you peace of mind. Whatever you do, don’t count yourself out.
Do you have any other tips for applying for scholarships and awards?