If you are thinking “scholarship”, it means you are looking for financial aid in order to further your education.
Scholarships are usually granted based upon different criteria, criteria that usually reflect the philosophy and values of the donor of the money. The good thing is that scholarship money is not to be paid back.
There are many types of scholarships, such as student specific scholarships, college specific scholarships, merit scholarships or scholarships based on needs. There are also various types of people, companies and institutions who provide scholarships, such as foundations, non-profit trusts, schools, universities, charitable trusts, community foundations, houses of worship, volunteer organizations or just rich individuals.
Different are also the methods and terms of awarding the scholarships. Most of the scholarships are based on talent, skills and merit, but other criteria can be added, such as nationality, race, religion and others.
So, when looking for scholarships, you must have a very clear idea about your merits and abilities. Many scholarships are destined to students who are after a specific field of study. You can gain a scholarship either for extracurricular activities or for school records, or you may have great artistic or athletic abilities.
Scholarships can be regional, national or international, but there are also the distance learning scholarships. For a regional scholarship, you can look for information at the local organizations and institutions and you might have a good chance of getting aid, as the competition is theoretically smaller.
The international scholarships are usually destined to students or graduates who are interested in continuing their studies abroad, but cannot afford all the expenses. For this type of scholarship, there are other criteria of selection, such as the country where the study will take place, the exact university or subject you want to study and so on.
The scholarships very in terms of help offered. Some may cover the tuition fee, some the tuition fee and accommodation costs, while some may have full coverage.
Careful when looking for a scholarship of any type, because there are almost always deadlines you have to respect. So you should start looking in advance from one year to another.
Knowing this, you can start trying to make your future look better, because everybody deserves a world class education.