Educational grants are plenty enough that it’s surprising how few people still know about them. If you’re checking out options and you’re not quite certain what your options are, make sure you know your options. Take a gander at the Global Future Ready Merit grant, for instance.
What is it?
The GIIS future-ready merit scholarship is an educational grant that’s available to citizens of Malaysia. Residents with work visas in the country can also apply. Students who are in grades 9th and 11th who are on their residence campus are also eligible for the grant. The recipient of the scholarship can waive up to as much as 75 percent of the tuition fee, which is a significant amount. If you have money saved up for your tuition, but it’s not enough, then this can go a long way towards making ends meet. You won’t have to worry about where the rest of your tuition is going to come from.
What are the Eligibility Requirements?
Aside from being residents of Malaysia or those with permanent residence status, holding a dependent pass or student pass holder, students with a strong academic record for the past two years are encouraged to apply. That also means that if you do want to increase your chances of getting picked for this grant, then you’ll need to start working hard years before you even get started. Make sure your academic grades don’t slip. Otherwise, that could get you in trouble before you even send a submission.
Should I Stop Trying?
It is easy to say no after your first try or even your second or third. But there is no set rule on when you should stop trying. If you want to succeed, though, then keep going. The scholarship is open to you every year you’re in school. That means you can keep trying every year. However, just doing the same thing and expecting different results isn’t going to be enough to finally get you the grant you want. Before you keep going, make sure you assess your application portfolio.
How Do I Improve My Portfolio?
Your application portfolio is the first thing that the screening committee will see. Make sure it puts you in the best possible light. Here are a few tips to help you achieve that outcome.
• Get the Documents Right. Scholarship programs often ask for supporting documents. Are you certain that you sent the right ones? This is also a good time to remember not to send just about any supporting files that you deem important if the program never asked for them in the first place.
• Make Sure It’s Neat. When you send a submission file, do take the time to ensure that the form is neat and orderly and that your writing is legible. If the form is already crumpled beyond repair, has stains or is even torn in places, you’ll want to replace that with a new one. If the form is in an awful state, that could get your submission tossed aside. Don’t leave anything to chance.
• Keep it concise. Be concise in your answers. If the essay is too long and contains details that aren’t even important or that doesn’t add to the atmosphere or narrative that you want to create, then take out those parts.
• Demonstrate the Qualities. What are the values that the school wants to teach its students? Find a way to mention instances that demonstrate that you have those values or qualities. That will show the committee that you’ve done your research.
What Else Should I Know?
• Clean Up Your Profile. Some administrators check your social media profiles. If there’s anything there that you don’t want them to see, or that could derail your chances of getting a grant, fix that situation before you send that application.
• Prepare for the Exam. Most scholarship programs shortlist you for an exam. Find out the coverage of the testis. Check the coverage of the previous tests to give you an idea.
• Be Ready for the Interview. After the test, programs then invite you to an interview. Wear appropriate attire. You want to make a good impression so ditch the jeans and shirt. A pair of slacks and a dress shirt or a dress with a cardigan or a coat in a light material will help you come across as professional.
• Arrive on Time. Don’t be late. The schedule of the panel could be packed, with other applicants after you. If you’re late, that could be taken as a black mark against your application. The other applicants also won’t appreciate the delay. Get there ahead of your appointment. That way, you’ll have time to get ready on the premises. If you’re a bit nervous, you have time to settle and calm down. By the time you face them, you won’t be stressed.
Make it a point to know everything before you send that application form for your GIIS Future Ready Merit Scholarship.