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How Can I Win More Scholarships as an International Student?

College in the US is expensive for international students, but it's not unattainable. Here’s some expert scholarship advice to make it more affordable.

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The most important thing for international students hoping to win scholarships for university: Don't wait until the last minute to start searching! Many awards have rolling deadlines, so the sooner you start, the more opportunities you can find and apply for. Aim to start researching at least six to eight months before your desired program start date. Use resources like CollegeXpress, AECC scholarship databases, and university websites to find opportunities, and use this advice to maximize your chances of winning:

  • Pay close attention to eligibility criteria and deadlines: Every scholarship has specific requirements for who can apply. Read the criteria carefully and make sure you meet them all before starting any application. Deadlines are crucial, and missing them means missing out on opportunities to earn free money for school. Set calendar reminders or use a scholarship tracking tool to stay on top of important dates.
  • Craft strong application essays that showcase your achievements and goals: Application essays are your chance to tell your story and convince a scholarship committee why you deserve an award. Highlight your academic achievements, relevant extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and any awards or recognitions you've received. Clearly explain your academic and career goals and how this scholarship will help you achieve them. Be sure to customize application materials for.
  • Highlight your unique background and how you'd contribute to the program: Have you overcome challenges? Do you have a special skill or talent? Can you explain why your background and experiences make you a valuable addition to a campus or program? Showcasing these aspects in your scholarship applications will help you stand out from other applicants.
  • Proofread your application materials carefully: Typos and grammatical errors  create a bad impression, so be sure to proofread your essays, transcripts, and other application materials thoroughly before submitting them. Consider having a trusted friend, teacher, or advisor review your work as well.

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