7 is not a very good number for a guide list, I know, but we had to leave out the obvious hings that you can read about on any other lists on the internet. if you have any comments or questions, please, leave a comment; we will reply to you at our earliest convenience.
1. Do Not Edit Out Or Modify Any Fields On The Form.
This is just something basic. If you download an application form, even in an editable format, you do not have the right to cut out any fields that you may deem irrelevant to you or to add a few more of your own. Every field in that form serves a purpose and if it does not apply to you, your response should be NA.
2. Be Overzealous About Filling Out Optional Fields.
Okay, maybe overzealous is a misleading term for this but I am sure you get the idea. Utilize every chance you have at killing the competition. When a field asks you to tell something that you may think the scholarship facilitator should know, if any, think up something smart and genuine to write. Do not overdo it, though; this is a principle rather than a rule.
3. Your Presentation Matters More Than The Essence.
If a scholarship is need-based, do not emphasize so much on your challenges despite how real they may be. Even if you are asked to write about your financial situation, communicate with a hopeful tone and lace your dark narrative with colorful epiphanies, lessons you learnt, personal pledges you were inspired to take etc. Similarly, if the scholarship is a merit-based scholarship, explain your past responsibilities and not just highlight the positions of authority you once held.
The idea is to communicate with the souls of those who will evaluate your application form.
4. Be Meticulous To Detail.
Some fields may be difficult to interpret and that is okay, do not beat yourself up for it. Get someone to clarify it for you. Check out a FAQ session about the application process, consult a friend or your English teacher etc. The idea is to know exactly what the question asks of you. Moreover, have a credible person proofread your answers. Do not let even a spelling mistake slide if you can do something about it. Actually, have multiple copies of the application form with you.
5. Be A Perfectionist.
This is overly loud and scary, I know, but it is really small stuff. Literally! Add some paper tags to that thick application package you have, get color copies for your identity cards and certificates, get every document certified etc. To certify documents for free, consult the headmaster of your former school, or any school thereof, or your nearest police station. Yeah, they have commissioner of oaths status.
6. Have A Buddy.
Yes, you need one! Many people go through the application process without their friends knowing because they think this eliminates the competition but, often times, this actually eliminates them as a competition. Ring a few friends to let them know about a scholarship opportunity you have heard and get them to go through the process with you. I had two friends, myself. I remember how this made the walk from city centre to Belgravia much more bearable and the application process easier. If you are not secure about your chances, perhaps you can make a few friends of strangers who will be applying for the same scholarship. Yeah, you should have made friends with those douchebags you saw last week at the consultation centre.
7. What To Do When You Do Not Have Information Required.
A scholarship application form may require you to fill out a filled by a passport number when you do not have a passport. In this case you, the best way is to consult the facilitator and tell him that you do not have a passport yet and ask him what you should do. Almost always, he/she will instruct you to write, APPLIED FOR. The facilitator may seem hard just to let you appreciate how critical that information is. In that case, promise him/her that you will get the passport number as soon as possible and, most importantly, live up to that promise.
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