What would studying abroad be like for international students if there were no scholarships? Your guess is as good as mine. Given the invaluable roles scholarships play in international education, you want to know how to qualify for them. Let’s reveal the general documents needed for scholarship applications by students.
- Scholarship application form
- Copies of your passport/ID/visa
- Copies of transcripts/diplomas
- Statement of Purpose/Letter of motivation
- Letters of recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae/Resume
- Standardized test scores
Stay with us as we elaborate on the aforementioned points.
1. Scholarship Application Form
The scholarship application form is the first requirement for any scholarship application. It serves as a formal written request to study in the institution of choice. There’s no gainsaying that utmost care and keen attention to detail must be given when filling the form.
2. Copies of your Passport/ID/Visa
A passport/ID/visa is an official document which confirms the holder’s identity which guarantees s/he can travel to or from a foreign country. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your study and 6 or more months after your departure from your host country.
3. Copies of your Transcript
A transcript is a complete list of the courses taken and grades earned by a student throughout his/her course of study. Your academic transcript highlights vividly the courses you offered and the grades you made in each of them. This enables the university to identify your area(s) of learning during your previous study (ies) as a prequel to the program.
4. Statement of Purpose/Letter of Motivation
Motivation letters and statements of purpose are equally general documents needed for scholarship applications. In writing a statement of purpose, you’ll state clearly why you want to undergo the program as well as what fascinates you about the institution. The motivation letter, on the other hand, must have a focus on your background and your activeness to duty.
5. Letter of Recommendation
Even after receiving your transcript and final remark, the university you’re applying to still needs recommendation letters from people who know you. This serves as a further testament to and endorsement of your character and learning. It is absolutely important because certificates are awarded both in character and learning.
6. Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Your Curriculum Vitae/Resume is equally important although it does not require excessive highlights of your work. Even without work experience, you can outline schools attended, your level of computer proficiency as well as things of interest. It’s just a way to show how well your experiences are in line with the course you want to study.
7. Standardized Test Scores
One of the criteria for the award of scholarships is your test scores. The standardized tests here include the SAT, ACT, GRE, GPA. Students are usually selected on merit; the sponsors of the scholarship determine who can merit it and how. The test scores are some of the general documents needed for scholarship applications.
It is worthy of note that some scholarships have other requirements which include the following:
1. Medical Certificate
A medical certificate is required to ascertain the state of your health. It must be signed by an authorized hospital or clinic in your home country. Each report should be translated by an authorized translator into the official language of your host country.
This is similar to a statement of purpose/letter of motivation. But in this case, you’ll explain what you’re passionate about and what drove you to study the course you’ve chosen. This document is meant to be so personal, unique and powerful that it becomes a winning piece before the admission officer(s).
3. Parent’s Financial Status
In this category, you’ll reveal the financial status of your parents including their monthly earnings, taxes paid, etc. This is important because the institution wants to be sure that you will not suffer any financial challenges while in school.
Providing these general documents needed for scholarship applications takes you some steps closer to winning a scholarship.