The GREAT Scholarship is a competitive national scholarship awarded to high school seniors.
To be eligible, students must meet the criteria.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, students must also submit a well-written essay and letters of recommendation.
To give yourself the best chance of winning the GREAT Scholarship, follow these six important tips.
1. Make sure you’re eligible and stick to the word limit
To get through the first round of applications, you must fulfil two simple requirements. If you meet the scholarship’s eligibility criteria and you stick strictly to the word limit, you will automatically proceed to the next stage, where real people read your application.
2. Share your achievements to prove your worth
If you don’t share your achievements with the people reading your application, they won’t know your worth. Don’t worry about ‘talking about yourself too much’ or ‘boasting’. To decide whether to grant you the scholarship, they want and need to know your achievements.
Don’t be ashamed to talk about all of your achievements and the extra activities you have engaged in over the last few years. It could be something as simple as being part of the school dramatics association. Just make sure you show how this has been beneficial, and how being involved has given you different skills and how you want to embrace them.
3. There are no right or wrong answers
There are no right or wrong answers if you talk candidly about your experiences. Share your story, your capabilities and your ambitions in the best way that you can, and try to structure your answers in a way that makes the most of the limited space you have.
Remember to make your writing like a story that reflects all of the positive ways you’ve been involved in different activities.
4. Talk about how the scholarship will impact your life
People reading your application will want to know what you hope to gain from receiving the scholarship, personally and professionally. Your answers are the chance for you to show them how receiving the scholarship would impact your life.
5. Show how getting the scholarship will benefit people in your home country
In your application, you should try to highlight how the knowledge, skills and experiences you will gain through your education won’t just help your own personal and professional growth but also the growth of your nation. You will be assessed on your ambitions, including in the longer term, and in relation to the value you receiving a GREAT Scholarship will add to your home community.
6. Go for it, and if it doesn’t work out the first time, keep trying
Time and time again, students talk about the ‘why not?’ factor when applying for scholarships. It’s normal to get intimidated when thinking about how many people can be applying from all over the world who you might feel are more deserving of certain opportunities than you.
They are probably thinking the same thing. And if you don’t try, you will never know. So it’s worth taking your chances. And if, at first, you don’t succeed, or you don’t get exactly what you’re looking for, there are always other options that will help you to achieve your goals.
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