Friday, April 15, 2016

4 Ways International Students Can Boost Scholarship Chances

By: Brittney Bodden
World Education Services

We all know searching and applying for scholarships can be very time consuming. With the cost of tuition on the rise in the U.S., more American and international students are turning to scholarships contribute to their funding. While the application processes can be tedious and the applicant lists are long, and only a select few are chosen for a specific scholarship, there are several ways to increase your chances.

Follow the steps below to improve your chances of being named a scholarship recipient:

1. Find the right scholarships.

There are a variety of scholarships available to international students in the U.S., and oftentimes in your home country too. Be sure to continually be on the lookout for new scholarships, you can never apply for too many. There are a variety of websites with lists of scholarships you may qualify for. We suggest starting your search with these websites that list U.S. scholarships for international students:

International Student
Top Universities

Be sure to read all the requirements carefully before applying to ensure you qualify for the scholarship. There’s no point in wasting time applying if the criteria doesn’t fit!

2. Follow the rules.

It’s important to read the rules carefully and thoroughly. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to the contacts listed for the scholarship. Students are often eliminated because they missed a step in the application process, disqualifying them automatically. One way to ensure you have all the materials necessary is to create a checklist for each scholarship and cross completed tasks off the list. Be sure to double-check your work before submitting your application.

3. Write, write, and rewrite.

While English isn’t a native language to many international students, each applicant is expected to write a clear and well-structured essay when applying for a scholarship. It gives the scholarship committee the opportunity to get familiar with who you are academically and personally. It never hurts to have a native English speaker proofread your work for grammar mistakes, whether it’s a friend, teacher, or an editing service online.

Be prepared to write, write, and rewrite until your essay is perfected. It’s a good habit to write several drafts of your work before submitting your final version.

4. Be prepared.

Lastly, be sure to prepare for the interview process. Depending on the scholarship, if you are chosen as a finalist, you may need to complete several rounds of interviews. This is the perfect opportunity to showcase who you are and as well as your goals and what you hope to achieve if chosen for the award.

Remember that each scholarship counts. While the amount may vary, each scholarship, big and small, is an opportunity to receive more money and brings you one-step closer to being debt free. Take your time with your scholarship application to ensure your best quality work. 

Good luck!


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for the useful info. I'm currently trying to apply for an university as a foreign student and I really hope I'll be able to surmount all of the obstacles.


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