How to Apply for Entry Scholarships
When you apply for post-secondary education it is important to consider all the money that is available for your specific field of study. University is extremely expensive, and with all the free money out there it should be a part of your admissions process to apply for as many scholarships as possible. Entry scholarships are based on past academic performance so the first step is to have sound grades; Advanced Placement credits are especially valuable during this process. For some of these scholarships you are immediately considered once you are admitted; this means that if your grades are great you stand a good chance. For the ones you must apply for, there is more to consider. Be proactive and hunt that money down.
Do your research.
Each school you apply to will have a scholarship portion on their website. Figure out which ones you qualify for and apply to each one. Some entry scholarships can hold a value of up to $50, 000. That’s a full ride! Do not play around and approach applying for these scholarships like a job.
Speak with an academic advisor.
Academic advisors may be able to give you advice on how to stand out of the pack when applying for entrance scholarships. They may also be able to alert you of any you may have missed and guide you through the process.
Create a strong letter of intent and/or complete an application form.
When doing this it is important to list all of your accomplishments and goals. Having references sometimes helps and a list of volunteer work will always put you a step ahead. When writing the letter do not write it like a work cover letter but rather a proposal and an admission of passion for your future career and studies. Have another person edit the letter and/or your application, and make sure that you are aware of any family or work advantages (union, status etc.) and mention these in your application
You can mention your grade strength in the letter of intent, but many universities require you to have your former transcripts mailed to the school. For undergraduate programs that will be your high school grades, and for graduate studies that will be the transcripts of all the schools you have formerly attended.
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