How to Apply for Study Abroad Scholarships

How to Apply for Study Abroad Scholarships

September 25, 2019 83 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hi, my name is Casey. aka foreversunseekers. I wanted to talk to you guys today
about scholarships for studying abroad Now, a lot of people think scholarships
as being really difficult or competitive to get into. This is somewhat true but this shouldn’t
deter you from trying to apply for them. I’m gonna give you tips on how to
strategize and apply for different scholarships. So, here are my 7 steps for study abroad (applications). So, step one; do all of your research! What country do you want to go to? How long do you want to study abroad? WHY are you studying abroad? And also look (find via FAFSA) for your EFC. You can find your EFC or, “expected family contribution” by filing your fafsa and you can get You can get a number that basically determines how
much the federal government expects your family to contribute to your university
tuition costs. Number 2; make a list of all of the scholarships that apply to you and your program. After you answer are all
the questions in (step) number one you’re going to look on different scholarship databases see what scholarships are out there that match your country of choice, your personal
background– that can also be your financial, ethnic, family background. I highly recommend if you have a gmail account to put all the links of the
scholarships that apply to you in that one document so that way you can go back and organize those links by what their deadlines are and you have a really nice list. I also recommend that you do this at least one year in advance so that way you don’t miss any of the deadlines for the scholarships that you
could apply for. I’m also going to put a link of different scholarship databases down below so be sure to check that out! Step 3; make a list of your calendar
deadlines! So, I broke up my calendar deadlines into two categories; I had my main
deadlines so that’s what all scholarships are due. Then I have my minor–my mini deadlines and those were things like…: ordering transcripts from the
registrar, speaking to my professors about getting a letter of recommendation, when
I would complete different steps of my essays… Things like that. I highly recommend that print out the google calendar and tape it onto your wall and
that way you can visually lay out everything you need to see for getting your scholarship completed. Step 4; Gather all of the materials you’ll need for all the scholarships. So, go through your masterlist you created on google document and take note of what you need. How many transcripts do you need for each scholarship and then write it down. How many letters of recommendation? Also look at the essay questions What are the essay questions like? More than likely–I guarantee you– all of the scholarship questions are going to be the same. Which really means you only need to
write one essay and then modify it to suit all the different prompts or word
limitations of each scholarship. (Step) number five: Start writing the essay as soon as possible. Break it down into smaller bits. One day you could work on flushing out your ideas. And then be finished (for that day). Maybe
another day you could do writing your introduction, writing your body
paragraphs and don’t hold yourself to a really high standard when you’re writing your essay (for the first draft). Take your time, take it slow. Don’t worry about it being perfect the
first time you write it because honestly you’re going to be re-reading and re-editing it a lot, over and over again. So you have that perfect wonderful essay. Don’t try to do the whole essay at once. That’s just a big no-no. I did 8 scholarship essays and all of them were pretty much the same. I just altered them because some scholarship applications ask
slightly different questions. Maybe another scholarship asks for the word count to be X amount of words or maybe another one wanted to know a little bit
more about your personal background.. So you can go ahead and add in all
these different details. But the main bone structure of your scholarship essay for all of them will be the same. (Step) number six: I recommend that you use FedEx, UPS, or USPS to send in all of your applications. The reason why is you want to
have a tracking number and make sure that your hard work gets there safely
and early. (Step) number 7: Apply to as many (scholarships) as you can! Even if you think, “Oh my gosh!
This is a really prestigious scholarship..” “There’s no way that I can even make it..” Even if you just barely qualify–go for it!! Go for it! You will never know (unless you try)! The most important thing about applying to as many as you can is; the more scholarships that
you apply for, higher the chance that you will get some money. I applied for eight and the first five I did not get a dime. It was the last three that really came
through for me. The last two I got was–I got the Gilman scholarship and I also got the
Freeman East Asia scholarship. And thank god, because this was during 2011 when the yen (JPY) was stronger than the dollar (USD). So, it was 77 yen to the United States dollar. (Ugh!) So, I got money from them and I also got
a scholarship that I applied for within Japan that was part of my study abroad (program) application and I got that too. So, overall I got sixteen thousand
dollars. Which is incredible! It just takes a lot of pressure and weight off your chest knowing that all of your hard work paid off. That you can actually go
abroad and kind of enjoy yourself or you don’t have to worry and stress as much
about money. Also one last final tip; If there is an application that requires
you to pay a fee for the application– it is a scam! Do not pay for an application fee!
No scholarship, grant, or anything like that will charge you for a fee. It’s a scam! Don’t fall for it. So if you have any more questions please go ahead and put them down below. I’ll do my best to answer them. If there’s any videos you’d like to see… regarding studying abroad or even living, working, abroad. Go ahead and let me know. Alright I’ll see you guys next time! Bye!