7 Important Documents Needed for a Successful Scholarship Application.

7 Important Documents Needed for a Successful Scholarship Application.

If you’re asking yourself a question like, “What documents would i need for a successful scholarship application”? You’ve come to the right place and this article is for you.. Have this in mind that a university scholarship is equally as important as applying for a degree in the university… And as you already know from the way it is, scholarships are mostly offered to students with excellent academic performance. So you have to prepare for a scholarship opportunity in advance..

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You’ll need to consider some important things before applying for a scholarship.. One of those is contacting an advisor from the university you wish to apply or already applied, {very important} to get more detailed information concerning the scholarship..

The documents requested for scholarship application from students are as follows..

  • Completed scholarship application form
  • Copy of passport/ID/Visa
  • Copies of transcripts/diplomas
  • Statement of purpose/Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV (Curriculum Vitae)/Resume
  • Standardized test scores
  1. Completed scholarship application form
    The scholarship application form is the first requirement for any scholarship application. So carefully check and accurately fill in all the sections of the application form perfectly and correctly..
  2. Copy of passport/ID/Visa
    This is what confirms your identity officially and guarantees that you can travel to and from a foreign country.. The passport must be valid for at least six months after your departure and only a copy of the main page of the passport, containing your photo and personal information is well OK.
  3. Copies of transcripts/diplomas
    This conveys a complete list of courses and the grades you got throughout your course of study.. You’ll have to send the transcript of records from the school you graduated from or currently attending (high-school if you apply for a Bachelor degree or Bachelor diploma and records if you apply for a graduate Master course). The document should have an official signature and stamp from your school or faculty.

Proof of English language proficiency or other language; This functions as a medium of instruction for the study programme you’re to begin. for English it can be: IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge
French; DELF or DALF
German: DSH, TestDaF, OSD, telc

  1. Statement of purpose/Letter of motivation
    This is where you’ll have to explain your reasons for applying for the chosen degree course and how it relates to your future studies and career goals. Be honest and precise when writing this. This statement should contain only one page, around 300 words. Also add briefly your qualities and how they would fit with the degree you opted in for.
  2. Letter of recommendation
    This serves as recommendation letters from people who know you, and serves as further endorsement for your character and learning to the scholarship provider..
  3. CV (Curriculum Vitae)/Resume
    This is also important, even if you don’t have any work experience. Just add computer skills, volunteering work you did in any establishment, no matter how short it was, any other courses that you completed (even short courses), especially if they are connected with your study field. Its just a way to show how well you’re experienced in line with the course you want to study.
  4. Standardized test scores
    One of the criteria for the award of scholarships are the test scores..They include SAT, ACT, GRE, GPA. The test scores can be an important factor when the university considers giving scholarship to a individual. High scores are the ones that count first and foremost most of the time, even after taking all the relevant documents into consideration.

Additional documents that may be requested
a) Essay
In addition to the letter of motivation, you may be requested to write an essay and touch upon a certain subject, usually related to the scholarship. Think about what personal achievements recommend you for receiving the scholarship. Follow the guide lines of the essay as requested and make sure you don’t exceed by too much the number of words.

b) Portfolio
A portfolio is requested to students who apply for art, design and other similar degrees and it should include artistic work and projects. In the case of an art degree, a portfolio is much more or equally relevant compared to your GPA score when it comes to showing your skills.

c) Parents’ financial information, including tax returns
d) A medical report/ heath evaluation form
Signed by an authorized medical clinic/hospital from your home country

If it is the case, please take note that all documents must be translated either in English or in the official language of the country of destination, but the exact requirements for the language of documents first!

The translation of documents must be done by an authorized translator and they should always accompany the original documents as well.

Final tips before you send all the documents for the scholarship application

  1. Check your application form and all other documents for spelling and grammar errors before you send it while making sure you don’t exceed the word limit given for any section of the application, or for any other documents you may be requested to write.
  2. It is recommended to make a complete copy of the application before you send it and only submit the requested documentations.
  3. Make sure you don’t miss the deadline keeping in mind the exact date you have to send all the requested documents.. See also 7 scholarship opportunities serving corps members can take advantage of in 2020

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