Studying at a prestigious university is the dream of most intermediate students. However, the burden that is involved in paying the application fees, tuition fees, book fees, and all other expenses can make achieving this dream seem more like a nightmare.
For this reason, families remain in the hope that a scholarship will land in their laps. When this does not happen, they become very worried as to how they will be able to afford the university.
It is due to a lack of awareness of the scholarship application process that intermediate students miss out on opportunities to apply for scholarships that can help ease their financial burden for university.
The good news is that there are so many scholarships available for Pakistani students, and intermediate students in particular. We have created a comprehensive guide to help you apply for the best scholarships for university after intermediate.
Find Scholarship Opportunities
You will not find scholarships unless you look for them. A thorough search of the internet can show you dozens of scholarship options that can help you during the university application process. Here are some top places to find scholarships:
1. University Websites
Visit the official websites of the universities that you are applying to. Many universities offer merit scholarships to students, which you can find by searching the website. In addition to merit scholarships, some universities offer entrance scholarships, financial aid, or athletic grants. Explore your options by visiting various websites or contacting the university via email.
2. Higher Education Commission (HEC)
Alternately, the higher education commission (HEC) offers plenty of scholarship opportunities for intermediate students. Visit the official HEC website to find relevant scholarship opportunities, bursaries, and financial grants for you. Also, read the eligibility requirements to see if you can apply for it.
3. Government Funded Grants
The government also provides many different types of scholarships and financial grants to students. For example, the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) is offering scholarships for minority students who have completed intermediate. There are other government initiatives that provide educational grants that you can search for.
4. University Expos
Find out where university expos are being held near you, and visit them. University expos are a great place to find information on a variety of universities. Plus you will actually get a chance to speak to representatives of each university. Here you can find out about scholarships that universities are offering, and will get a chance to ask representatives details about various scholarship opportunities.
Apply for Scholarships
After you have found several scholarship opportunities that are applicable for you, the next step is to apply! Each institution will have its own application process, so you will need to read all the instructions separately. Here are some points to keep in mind during the application process:
1. Deadline Dates
Each financial grant application will have its own deadline date. Some places will require you to apply as early as a year beforehand. On the other hand, some places may require you to apply after you complete your intermediate exams. Either way, find out the exact deadline date and submit your completed application ahead of time.
There will be some conditions are prerequisites for each opportunity. Be sure to thoroughly read all the conditions and requirements before you begin the application process. International scholarships will likely demand an English proficiency test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Similarly, certain opportunities may require a standardized test score such as SAT. Make sure you meet all the conditions. This is because your application will not be considered if it does not meet the criteria.
3. Intermediate Result
Many scholarship programs that have an early deadline date are conditional based on your final exams result for intermediate. This means that you will not be given the scholarship until you receive your final exams result and meet the requirement of the minimum marks. So, be sure that you undergo tons of exam preparation and past papers practice in order to ensure that your marks are up to par.
4. Essay or Personal Statement
You may be asked to write an essay or personal statement along with your application form. Scholarships are highly competitive, so the personal statement or essay is what will set your application apart from others. Typical essay questions may be “why are you interested in this program?” or “why do you believe you would be a good fit for this program?”. Be sure to write a strong essay that is concise, relevant, and to the point. Use captivating language, and avoid typical and meaningless tropes such as “because I’m a hardworking person…”.
By keeping these factors in mind, you will be able to produce an extremely strong application. This will increase your chances of being accepted for a scholarship.
Be sure to apply for as many scholarship programs as possible. There is no application fee for applying for scholarships, so the only effort you will need to do is put in the effort to personalize each application form.