What you should know about scholarships and grants
Scholarships and education grants are some of the most convenient types of funding you can dream of for your further education, since they don’t require you to pay the money back. The most common scholarships are the state-sponsored ones and the college ones. They are also the most generous, usually, but, of course, there are many other types of funding you can find.
There is also a list of factors that the winners of the grants of scholarships are chosen by. Usually, grants are need-based, while scholarships are merit-based. Participants can be chosen by gender, location, religion, sex and other criteria that the donor of the funding considers relevant.
When looking for a grant, first of all, you should know exactly what you want and what you want to be. It is very likely to find a scholarship nowadays for any skill and aptitude you might have, whether you want to be a pilot, a diver, join the military force or get help to become a great artist. If you don’t know exactly where to start, but you do know you want to continue your studies or even study abroad, you can make a list with the things you are best at and the things you most like. Then start searching, maybe you will discover something you never thought of seriously, but is on your list and you are eligible for. If your passion is unique or rare, that is even better. You will probably have less competitors and more chances to get the grant or the scholarship you are aiming for.
Most scholarships are for undergraduates, but there are also many funds available for graduates or even for adults who want to change their career or just make the most of their hobby.
There are thousands of scholarships out there, from all types of organizations and foundations, and they’re not so difficult to find, if you search really well. You need to know what you are looking for, be determined and also, have a bit of luck.