Life After High School: important things to know for scholarships and studying in 2017 - Part 2
It can seem overwhelming, but applying for scholarships to help you out in with your uni or TAFE studies could be one of the best decisions you make. Scholarships can make a big difference in providing you with some extra cash to meet your expenses through the year. This guide is designed to help you through, with key information in one place.
Remember, TAI’s Scholarships Team is here to help so, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us at any time! Sometimes just talking to someone can make this process feel a bit less overwhelming. We can be contacted directly at:
- 02 9310 8407
Which Scholarship do I choose to apply for?
You may find after searching online or talking to universities that you are in fact eligible for a number of different scholarships. The question can then become, which one do I apply for?
Often applying for a number of scholarships is a good plan because it gives you a range of options for you to consider. It might also be good to consider these factors when thinking about which applications to prioritise:
- How many candidates will be awarded this scholarship?
- Will this scholarship help me with the things I need to study (like travel, course fees etc)?
- Will I be supported through the entire degree or just one year?
The benefit of spending some time working on scholarship applications is that you may be able to use the same answers for multiple scholarships.
Biomedical science student Oceania, who has been awarded scholarships to assist her with her course, suggests:
“While the process of applying for scholarships can be long and boring, it is definitely worth putting in the time to do. You actually have NOTHING to lose! You will be amazed at the numbers of scholarships that go unfilled each year, just because people can’t be bothered applying”.
If you are still looking for scholarship opportunities that may be on offer, head across to our Indigenous Scholarships Portal, which matches you to potential scholarship opportunities. Also, have a look at Part 1 of our scholarships guide here.
What’s the best way of putting an application together?
So, you’ve got your list of scholarships together now comes the application. Each scholarship application is different, and it’s important that you read the selection and eligibility criteria to make sure you include everything you need to.
We have put together a few hints and tips for writing a good scholarship application here, but here are some top general tips:
- You are not limited to applying for one scholarship. It’s a good idea to apply for all or most of the scholarships which you are eligible for and meet your needs.
- Keep hard copies of every document you will be sending in, just in case something gets lost along the way.
- Complete your application in full, making sure you answer every question.
- If you are unsure about how to apply or what to include with your application, contact the relevant scholarships office by telephone or email.
- Find out about who is offering the scholarship and how they look to support the community. This can be particularly useful if the scholarship provider is a corporate body, foundation or company and will help you to find the right approach to take in your application.
- Keep all of your documentation in one place so you can easily upload it when you need to. This could include copies of reports, reference letters from teachers or other certificates such as your School Certificate.
“To save time, I’d recommend typing scholarship applications, or answering the questing required on a Word document or something first that you can save, as many applications will ask the same questions. It is easier and more convenient to tweak an answer each time, rather than having to write a new one from scratch for every application.”, says scholarship recipient Oceania.