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What's a scholarship and how do I get one?

by Amit Wadhwa

SCHOLARSHIPS!

The best way to finance your studies

Lesson Summary

  1. What Is a Scholarship?
  2. There's a scholarship for YOU
  3. What Do You Need to Do?
  4. How Can You Go About Getting a Scholarship?
  5. Some sample Scholarships

What IS a Scholarship?

A Scholarship is defined as a financial award for a student scholar for the purpose of furthering their education.

Education can be expensive. Very expensive. If you're rich, you shouldn't have a problem paying for college. If you want to work while studying, you should be ok. If you feel like borrowing money to pay for university, that's fine. But there's a better way.

Schools, institutes and companies want to give you money.

Yes, that's right. Scholarships attached to successful students can raise a school's reputation, create productive representatives of institutes, and help nurture future ideal employees for top companies. That's why scholarships exist, and they're out there for you to take advantage, so don't be shy - apply.

There's a Scholarship for YOU!

If you're thinking, "I'm not special, why would anybody give me money?", you're wrong. There's a scholarship out there just for you, you just have to find it. If you have good marks, if you volunteer, if you help out in your community, if you participate in extracurricular activities, even if you have a disability- you're eligible for something. Take a look at these stats from Scholarship Canada. Of the 7,363 individual scholarships listed in the 2004 ScholarshipsCanada.com Entrance Awards directory there are:

  • 17 that require some kind of agricultural involvement
  • 262 that require athletic involvement
  • 631 that require some sort of extracurricular activity
  • 615 that require some sort of leadership role
  • 1115 that require school or community service
  • 80 that require the student to have a general disability

So you see, anybody can get a scholarship. It's a relatively simple way of getting money

What Do You Need To Do?

To get a good scholarship, you should start early and focus even while you're in high school. Here are a few things that will look great on your application and can help you secure a good scholarship:

  • Study, and study hard. The better your grades are, and the higher your academic standing is, the better chances you have of getting a scholarship.
  • Get involved. Join a sports team, get a role in a school play, or become part of a choir. Anything that can show your skills- time management, communication, teamwork, creativity, etc. This will help you a lot when you apply, since showing off your skills is quite important.
  • Be a leader. Create your own school club, or gather friends and organize a volunteer session in an animal shelter. There are countless ways to show initiative and prove you can be a leader of tomorrow, which will look great on your application.

Whatever you do, make sure you don't spend your time sitting on your couch and watching TV.

Make your time count by doing meaningful activities that can help you improve your skills and demonstrate the fact that you can make a difference in the world if you get a scholarship and a solid education.

How Can You Go About Getting a Scholarship?

All you have to do is… apply!

These are the steps you should take to find and apply for scholarships:

  • Do your research. Use this LearnHub community and other websites to look for scholarships that interest you.
  • Analyze yourself. Figure out whether you fit in with academic-based scholarships, leadership ones, or maybe agriculture ones. Write down your strengths and what makes you special and find out which scholarship fits you best.
  • Work on your applications. Start early and watch the deadlines. Be sure to fill in the entire applications. Scholarship applications can require you to fill out information forms, questions about yourself, essays, portfolios, and more. There's a lot of work involved, but luckily there are also a lot of online resources to help you. You can find some great tips here.
  • Send your applications in and hope for the best. Good luck!

Some Sample Scholarships You Should Look At

The best scholarship we at LearnHub know of is… well, the LearnHub Dream Scholarship of course! You can get $2000 just by being a part of LearnHub, and it'll also help you get into great schools. Isn't that amazing?

Here are some examples of other well-known scholarships you might have heard of:

Check out the Scholarships Community for More Information!

Don't forget to check out our scholarship community for more information!

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    Rahi421
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    Rahi421Sun, 30 Mar 2014 20:26:40 -0000

    best way to attain scholarship……..

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    naisa mehzabinThu, 27 Mar 2014 06:50:18 -0000

    Hello. I am Naisa Mehzabin. I live in Bangladesh. I am already studying in scholarship in my country. This year i am going to finish my 12 th grades studies and give the board the board exam. I am confident about muself that again this time i will get the scholarship. But I want to complete my rest studies in abroad by getting scholarship. It could be USA, CANADA OR AUSTRALIA. I wanna be a doctor. Please help me. Its tough for me and my family to bear my study fees. so i wanna get a scholarship…please help me….this is my email ( mehzabin_n@yahoo.com). I am going to wait for a promt reply. Thank you

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    uwayoSun, 16 Mar 2014 10:26:10 -0000

    hello I am Ruth from Rwanda .I ve got good marks in national exam and I want a full scholarship in order to achieve my dream of being a
    economist all over the world.but I am poor…I need a help!!!

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    young doctorMon, 24 Feb 2014 19:46:15 -0000

    Hi, am jenifer from Nigeria, its my dream to be a doctor,not just a doctor but famous and hardworking. I really need help to further my education in canada through the help of schoolarship if only that opportuity will come to me. Being focus and determine is all it worth. I have been trying to make that way but no way,but I belive in Aristotle's word:hope is a working dream.Also by John mason: success should not diminish desire if it does,it won't remain successful. My desire to be a famous doctor can't stop. Just give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.is my wish to get a scholarship. Help me

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    Caleb michaelMon, 24 Feb 2014 10:36:33 -0000

    I am a 19 year old teenager from nigeria,i have a dream of changing the world as an engineer,but due to finacial disability,my dreams are shattered,haven't lost faith yet,i beleave on a saying"GOD has no hands but our hands"so who can searve as a hand of God towards my life.I promise to contribute my own quota to the sucess of this nation,so help me GOD.+2347064337884.

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    Mysterious1991Sat, 22 Feb 2014 09:29:56 -0000

    I am Lilian from Nigeria. I am 23years old. I finished high school 2007. I was a very bright student. But Since after high school i havent been able to go to the university due to financial crisis and instabilities. I have spent my time teaching young children and scholars in grade schools. I really would love to go and study Law in the university in any given country. I know help like this doesnt come easy, but i also know there are good people out there no matter the race or tribe who can help fund my studies through scholarships. Please help me achieve my dreams. Please

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    AluncedoFri, 21 Feb 2014 04:55:37 -0000

    Im from south africa and a grade 11 learner doing mathhs and science next year im doing matric but i have no wings to fly to university of my dream please help peaple

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    E forceWed, 12 Feb 2014 21:50:43 -0000

    My name is promise maragela I'm from south africa and I want to study mechanical engineering.I'm in grde 9.I want to study hard no matter what it takes.anyone there who can help me….cincerely.

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    miss veroSun, 02 Feb 2014 19:47:22 -0000

    am veronica thomas from tanzania, am girl who desired to be the bect in bussiness issues, and i need a scholarship to study in canada,

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    paulawrencezSun, 26 Jan 2014 18:17:21 -0000

    hi, am paul from the Gambia….i want scholarship to study software engineering in any university in US or europe, is any good sermaritan out there for help!!!!!!!

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    RawtelaFri, 17 Jan 2014 14:21:49 -0000

    I am from… india.. i want to learn fine arts in some european country.. is there any scholorship avaliable for me..? if yes.. how can i get it?

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    AbdalachidyaongaSat, 11 Jan 2014 13:05:05 -0000

    hi…..!! how do I get scholarship in EEE degree in Canada and I'm from Tanzania

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    EkingsFri, 10 Jan 2014 08:25:59 -0000

    Am everson,i live in zambia am doing my g10 high school now i want to go and finish my school at any school abroad particularly in u.k ,u.s.a,australia and canada,so am looking for a schoolarship please help me.

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    Benjamin97Sat, 04 Jan 2014 08:18:35 -0000

    Please i am a boy of 16yrs who just completed Junior High School level , i was able to pass my exams but because of financial difficulties am still at home. Please i will be grateful if somebody will help . Thanks very much

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    Tayyab IqbalSat, 30 Nov 2013 01:46:21 -0000

    Hi,i'm Tayyab.I'm a very very poor boy.My father don't paid my studied fee.I'm very very worry about my study.I'm a good student.I has been complete my matric level with A grade.I have got 76% marks to above my matric level.I'm very very found of reading anybody want to be me own son or give some money please….

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    m11uFri, 16 Aug 2013 15:28:37 -0000

    I am in 11th.. I want to study 12th in abroad … Suggest Scholarship for me..
    I would like to tell you that I am very good at Extra Co-Cirricular Activities..

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    asche2013Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:46:41 -0000

    i am studying civil engneering (architectural engneering ) in adama university (ethiopia) and will be graduated next year in bsc degree so i have a great interest in hearing from you if there is a chance to get a scholarship ….( att3333@gmail.com )

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    rkpeheTue, 06 Aug 2013 13:11:02 -0000

    Hi, I'm from Liberia and a student from the University of Liberia reading Biology. I am also a graduating senior come December 2013. How can i obtain a scholarship to study internal medicine in Canada. Please help.

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    cjyoungMon, 29 Jul 2013 18:50:34 -0000

    Hello, i am looking for full time scholarship as my ambition is to be a commercial pilot please can one help me to fulfil my ambition!

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    Sharma0007Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:14:25 -0000

    Hiiii m sumit m doing +2 non med. next year i want to do engg. in U.K. can i get any schlorship regardin it????

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    paponThu, 25 Jul 2013 20:42:27 -0000

    Hi , I am titu . I AM Complete diploma Engineering in electronic.I Can,t get Scholarships in E E E ingineering in Canada. please ans me.

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    zeegalTue, 23 Jul 2013 11:17:41 -0000

    hi my name is zannel from Botswana and i need a sponsor to help me do my degree in marketing in my country by the sum of P38000 for only 18 months, pls someone help me, please please.thank you and God bless you all

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    aaccmmThu, 11 Jul 2013 03:54:39 -0000

    I want to study education at MSU-AMADI in Swaziland next year. Please help me get a scholarship.

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    ok tknks for your agreementTue, 02 Jul 2013 03:00:01 -0000

    each time i have stongest initiative to try any scholaship,in my country and i believe that one day i get some scholaship.

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    Nii BorlabiSun, 30 Jun 2013 14:51:35 -0000

    Hi. I'm fro Ghana and will like to know how I can get a full time scholarship to study film directing or television production.

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    Emmanuel PeaceWed, 19 Jun 2013 21:40:26 -0000

    Hi,am peace from nigeria,am 20,i want to study computer science in usa or uk and through scholarship or anyone that will suponse me.GOD BLESS

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    Damian Micah NorrishSun, 09 Jun 2013 14:51:26 -0000

    Hi, i'm Micah, am only 18 from Nigeria. I just need a sponsor to school in Canada and study Computer Engineering. Pls can someone help me??

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    EzzraWed, 22 May 2013 10:12:02 -0000

    Hie
    I'm a boy aged 20 frow Zimbabwe.
    I need help in finding a scholarship to continue with my studies.
    Please help i really need the scholarship.

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    blexingSat, 04 May 2013 09:41:45 -0000

    i am a sixteen years old gurl from nigeria,i need a scholarship in any university,inorder to enable me proceed my education,i am very good in dramatising and writting of novels,please i really really need to continue my education.good luck

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    mikethakkarWed, 06 Feb 2013 20:19:00 -0000

    Hi,I m MIHIR,,i m from INDIA..i want to study in german institute.,SO can some 1 help me on which basis would i get admission in german colleges,,i wanna do my engineering,,!!!

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