How to Get a Scholarship to Study Abroad

October 21, 2021

First of all, I will tell you how I was able to win a full college scholarship.

To begin with, getting a college scholarship is not impossible. I never considered myself a student with good grades (let's say I was acceptable), nor one of those who went to math, physics, chemistry olympiads, and other things in school. In short, 0 chances of getting a college scholarship.

I was not a teacher's favorite. I was just an ordinary student, friendly with other classmates. In some exams, I did well; in others, I didn't, so I was an average student.

Getting a scholarship

After I finished school, I entered the Social Communication career at the university, and I had the opportunity to volunteer, participate in activities of my career. I did a lot of networking, and I even had a chance to do internships at the university with television stations, advertising companies, and everything that a university student is supposed to do to graduate.

What do I mean by that? You don't need to be a brilliant person to get a scholarship. What you do need is discipline and follow the instructions I will give you.

For this reason, I do not think that getting a college scholarship is mission impossible. Instead, rest assured that there is one waiting for you.

To begin with, you must like to improve yourself, and seriously believe that there is always something to learn. I have met people who say that they don't want to study anymore, that what they already know is enough.

I respect the person who says that; however, I do not share their opinion since you always learn something new. Besides, studying is not an expense. It is an investment that you are making with yourself.

Therefore, if you like to study, experience other things, acquire knowledge from other people who have a lot of experience and make the sacrifice of leaving your country for another to fulfill your dreams, read on.

For this very reason, getting a college scholarship means convincing a person who does not know you that it is a good idea to invest in your education in their best interest.

What are their interests? Solving the big human problems.

Their logic is that the best way to solve a problem is to train leaders, and you are one of them. For this very reason, scholarships are not given to people who need them. They are given to people who deserve them. As a result, scholarships are not raffled; they are awarded to students or professionals who distinguish themselves, who have merit.

Here are the steps that worked for me to get a college scholarship:

1. Decide to go to study, and start as soon as possible.

Indeed, going abroad is a personal decision. The important thing is that you listen to yourself and think about what is best for you.

Make a long-term plan of everything you plan to do while you are there.

Make a plan of action to get that scholarship. These things take time, so plan everything. Make important decisions, e.g., Where are you going to study? Where are you going to live? Figure out what your new home will provide.

Therefore, the most important thing is that there is no month when you don't make progress in your plans to study abroad.

2. Know the market.

Instead of asking yourself, "What do I want to do? And who will give me a scholarship for that? Ask yourself, "What are scholarships for? And what do I like about it?

3. Look for an in-demand topic to get a scholarship.

In short, it's a career that you believe there is unmet demand and potential to develop.

For example, the health care system, poverty, cancer, and so on. Indeed, these are issues that are sure to make a change in society. It indicates that the chances of you getting a scholarship or being admitted to a university depend on three things:

Who you are.

What you want to study and where.

Your plans after your studies.

4. Be flexible in your scholarship search plan.

Sometimes, we get the idea of wanting to study in a specific country, and of course, the ideal career, and of course, we get obsessed with that destination and career, and that we want to get it immediately and that if or if, it has to be that program of study.

However, there are two problems with those plans that you have surely made.

First, if you want to pursue a dream, think long-term. Of course, if tomorrow you get a college scholarship in the U.S., you will go. But this doesn't happen all the time. And if you knew that with sustained work, you could achieve this scholarship 12 months from now, would you do it? With a scholarship search plan, you can do it.

Second, if you want to achieve a dream, it may come to you in another form. For example, if your ideal plan is to pursue a master's degree in astronomy, but now there is an open call for scholarships for short stays at NASA, would you accept the scholarship, or wait for a better opportunity?

For this very reason, something you have to work hard at when looking for a scholarship, and of course, in all aspects of life, is to be flexible.

Without a doubt, you have to look a little further, start knocking on more doors, see the possibilities of studying in other countries, because it can open other doors with great opportunities.

5. Choose a good university, above all, a good program.

On the other hand, if you want to study in the United States, consider the state universities. Or, if you are interested in going to Europe, in my opinion, they are the best and even much cheaper than those in the United States, and also, the cultural exchange will be impressive.

6. Make your essay or cover letter shine.

Spend time on your life essay. Do it as if your life depended on it. This is very important.

Think about who can recommend you.
Make an effort so that it doesn't feel improvised.

Show that your decision to study abroad is solid. Therefore, show your confidence and conviction.

7. Present an exceptional resume.

First of all, put yourself in the sponsor's shoes.

Talk about your positions, any research you have done, publications if you have any, volunteer, or travel. It would help if you showed them your merits. Indeed, academic merit is the most obvious, but you can also show leadership or social conscience.

8. Learn languages.

It is also very important that you remember that English is an essential prerequisite to applying for a scholarship. In addition, learning a language really opens doors for you and that is why it is an excellent complement for your future and, of course, your resume.

Carlos Diaz
I believe in making the impossible possible because there’s no fun in giving up. Travel, design, fashion and current trends in the field of industrial construction are topics that I enjoy writing about.

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