One of the common reasons people do not get scholarships is Incomplete Documentation. I have heard stories like ‘my school is on strike so I cannot collect my transcript’ or ‘my Supervisor is on annual leave so nobody can stamp/sign my recommendation letter.’
And before you know it, the scholarship deadline is gone, another opportunity missed!
The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead and collect all the required documents so you always have them ready. Here is a checklist of important documents you will need to apply for scholarships:
- Degree certificates
- References/Recommendation letters (at least two)
- International Passport
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (some organizations request for IELTS or TOEFL, while others request for WASSCE result or a letter from your University confirming you are proficient in English Language and your courses were taught in English).
- Academic CV
- Scholarship essays
- Some organizations ask for SAT (for undergraduate scholarships), GRE or GMAT results
Important tip: Scan, upload and save these documents on your google drive so you can easily access them.
I hope this helps, start gathering these documents if you’re yet to. See you in my next post.