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  2. I missed my childhood. I wish if there was technology to be child again.
  3. Best bet is to stay there, sttruggle to achive your objective. No country in the world give you easy success. You have to try, something will definately come up.
  4. Count on me too guys. For your information, I was responsible for WNSO Australia and to my best knowledge, I have collected much information and made available in WNSO Australia page for those who seeking to study in Australia.
  5. TIP #6 - PROOF READ ALL MATERIALS and NEATNESS IS A MUST When you write anything you must use correct grammar and spelling. If you have a problem in this area ask your English teacher to help you with proofreading your essay, cover letter, extra items you have included, and even letters of recommendation prepared by others. When there are hundreds or thousands of applications to review, correctness and neatness become the first screen out factor. Only when the "pile" is smaller does the content of your application start to become a factor in the selection process. TIP # 7 - SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION IN A CLEAR PLASTIC FOLDER Now that your application is complete, the final "presentation" tip is to place all of your items in a clear plastic folder, with a slide locking binder. I like the cheap clear ones so that your "Thank You Cover Letter" (Tip #2) is on top. For that final "touch" I also like to include a wallet size picture of the student in the lower left side of your packet. The next item/s in you application packet are those required in the application (Tip #3 Answer the mail). Next I add any extra items (if not forbidden) and finally I place any letter(s) of recommendations. If "extras" are forbidden, you should consider NOT using a plastic folder, however, this can be a judgement call on your part. Read the application carefully again regarding extras. Some judges feel the plastic folders "give them more work" (to remove the applications from the plastic folder) while others have no problem with it, even though they may forbid extras. I know, this can be confusing! Your application packet is a great looking presentation of YOU, don't mess it up by folding it to fit a small envelope. Use an 8X10 type envelope so your application arrives looking great. Consider sending it "Return Receipt Requested" so you know it arrived!
  6. 5. One of the best extra items is a letter of acceptance for admission to "any" college. If the scholarship application is not for a specific college, you will be able to use the award at "any" college. You do not have to use it at the college you used in your application. Later you can get more college acceptance letters and when your make your selection you can notify the scholarship award committee of where to send the award. Therefore, any letter of acceptance shows that your are serious but it does not "lock" you into using the award at that college. These are just a few examples to get you thinking. I would limit my extras to three or four at the most. Too many and you "sour" your application. Again, MAKE SURE you are not forbidden to add extra items before you do so. Be creative to find things that make you look good and share them with the committee. Tip #5 PERSONALIZE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION This is a tip that conveys you took the time to make this application special. When you have a letter of recommendation addressed to the specific organization or person that is administering the application process it says that you took the time and effort to make this letter "Special" for them. If all you have is a letter that starts "To Whom It May Concern", it is better than nothing. But if you can personalize the letter it says you cared to send the very best. SUB TIP #5a Offer to do the work for the writer of your letter of recommendation. For example, you want to apply to twenty scholarship programs. When you ask someone to write you "1" letter of recommendation they say sure. When you say you need twenty letters they say "sorry" I don't have the time. Once they write you one letter, ask if you can put it on the computer so the TO ADDRESSEE can be personalized for each application and your writer only has to "sign their name twenty times". Now your writer is happy to help you because you have done the work and make it easy for them to help you. If they have nice letter head, ask for blank copies to be used in this process. SUB TIP #5b This is an "ADD EXTRA ITEM/s" when the application does not require a letter of recommendation. SUB TIP #5c Try and get three to five letters of recommendation in your files. This will let you pick and choose which one or ones to send in for a specific application. I would never send more than three for an application unless the directions ask for more. I will cover some tips to give your recommendation writer in a later TIP.
  7. Tip #3 ANSWER THE "MAIL" While this seems obvious, you must construct your application to make it EASY for the committee to see that you have provided every thing that was required. I like to provide items in the order that they are listed in the application. If possible, do not mix items on the same page. In another tip I am going to tell you to add extra items that were not requested to give your application that something extra. However, DO NOT add extra items if you are specifically told not to add anything extra. This means that you can not follow directions if you add items when your are forbidden to do so. Tip #4 ADD EXTRA ITEMS TO YOUR APPLICATION (if not forbidden). This is where you get to be creative to find ways and things that present you in a positive light to the selection committee. Here are a few ideas to get you started: 1. Write a short essay on MY EDUCATION/CAREER GOALS. Try to keep to one page but no more than two. 2. Write a paragraph or two on how this scholarship award will help you reach your education/career goals. 3. My son's guidance counselor gave him a paper that congratulated him on being in the top 10% of his class and acknowledged his hard work to get there. We included this because it put him in a "positive light" and his hard work at his academics was recognized. 4. Before my son reached his 18th birthday, he registered for the Military Draft as required for all males when they reach the age of 18. He received a letter from the draft board congratulating him for doing his civic duty prior to his 18th birthday. You guessed it, this was also one of our "extra items". A lot of scholarship committee members have military backgrounds or see this as good citizenship for this applicant.
  8. Tip #1. ATTENTION TO DEADLINES Try and have your application arrive EARLY as possible, absolutely not after the deadline date! I like to send applications with a "return receipt requested" or "registered" to make sure they get there. I think that this also conveys a positive characteristic about the sender. Tip #2 START YOUR APPLICATION WITH A "THANK YOU" COVER LETTER Sample Packet Cover Letter 1111 WinOne Street Pensacola, Fl 32503 9 September 1999 Mary Smith, President Whatever Scholarship Committee Orlando Central Parkway Orlando, Florida (zip code) Dear Ms. Smith, This letter is an introduction of myself, (your name), and my desire to participate in the (whatever it is called) Scholarship Program. I have been accepted to (Name of your College) for the 1999 fall term. I would like to thank you and the (whatever) Scholarship Committee for supporting college bound students with an opportunity for financial assistance through your scholarship program. Enclosed you will find my application form, high school transcript, ACT results, letters of recommendation, and other pertinent information. Again, thank you for your interest on my behalf and for the youth of our state. Respectfully, (your name)
  9. By: Gen & Kelly Tanabe If only there were a Scholarship Magic Eight Ball that could divine your scholarship fate. For some scholarships, it would answer, “Yes,” and for others it would foretell, “Try again.” A lot of your time and effort would be spared because you’d only need to apply for the awards you’d win. While there’s no way to perfectly predict if you’ll win, there are some guidelines you can use to select scholarships that fit you best and prioritize which scholarships to apply for. By understanding what the scholarship committees are looking for and by examining how your qualifications fit with those scholarships, you can make qualified decisions about selecting scholarships. Read The Minds Of The Scholarship Committee. By this, we mean to try to understand what the scholarship committee wants out of its winners. Think from the perspective of the scholarship committee about why it is awarding the scholarship and what kind of student it is seeking. The easiest way to get this information is to read the scholarship criteria and materials from the sponsoring organization. This will help you see what the organization is trying to accomplish by providing the award. Know If The Pants Fit. In other words, only apply to scholarships that fit you. If you dreamed of becoming a ballerina when you were a child but have never sported a tutu, then don’t apply for a scholarship for the arts. Apply for those scholarships for which your background is the best fit. Size Up The Competition. Knowing how tough your competition is will also help you choose which scholarships to apply to first. Your competition can be as broad as every student in America or as limited as the members of your school’s Delta Phi Epsilon. As you can guess, the larger your competition, the more outstanding you need to be to win. Look at your accomplishments and think about how they compare to others at your school, in your city, and in your state. Select scholarships accordingly. Tick Tock. A last way to eliminate is practicality, how much time you have to spend on the applications. Figure out how much time you can spend, then start applying, starting with those that fit you best. By having a strategic approach to selecting scholarships, you will spend your time on the awards that offer the best potential for paying off. Source
  10. #3 reason your application will die here: You don't "make the grade." At this point, your application is also being compared to other applications that have been received. I'll use GPA as an example: The judge or judges look at the first student in the pile. He or she has a 3.6 GPA. Goes to the "potential yes" pile. They look at the next student, who has a 3.4 GPA. Oops... they have already seen an application from a student with a higher GPA, so this student can't compete and goes into the "no" pile. It is important to remember that even those scholarships for which academic achievement is not the primary consideration, the judges are going to look at your grades, your community service, and your school activities. They are ultimately looking at The Whole Person Who Is You, not just your grades or your need. Here's an example: The primary consideration is financial need. This means the "poorest" students are going to be considered, right? Imagine there are 10 students who all have equal financial need: $30,000 in family income, two kids in college, one parent disabled. But of those 10 students, one of them has a 3.0 GPA. That application is going to STAND OUT from the other 9 who have 2.6 GPAs. Maybe all 10 have 3.6 GPAs and equal need. But one of the students has a lot of volunteer work and is active with church and school. That student is going to stand out above the others for serious consideration by the judges. 3. Pick The Winner. This is where things get ugly. Judges have their personal favorites, fights break out, coffee mugs go flying, and arguments occur over which student is the best. Okay, that's an exaggeration but by now, you and your application are now being discussed, debated, and fought-over. Of all applications received, 1%-5% might make it to this stage. Or less. At this point, the judges are now looking at your application to find reasons to say yes. The judges ask themselves questions such as: Why is this student better than the others? Why does this student deserve our money? Our support? What makes this student outstanding? And somehow, amazingly enough, a winner is chosen. There is no easy way to describe how out of the remaining 5, 10, or 100 applications the winner is chosen. There's a lot of discussion, votes are taken, or perhaps they use the point system yet again and assign a grade to each application. "Application number 2012, from Bob in California, 3.9 GPA, volunteers, active in school, studying Physics, who saved the entire city of San Mateo by inventing an earthquake early-warning system when he was 7 years old, raised $200,000 for Save the Armadillos, and wrote a chapter for Miss Manners. I count 10 votes out of 10. We have a winner - Bob it is!" While the very best student is chosen as the winner, the decision can also be somewhat subjective. When you have 5 or 10 students who all have equal academic achievement, community service, financial need, service to their schools, and meet all other requirements, the final decision sometimes comes down to who the judges like best. This is where the time you spend on personal statements and essays will push you over the edge to the winners' circle. Something about you and your application needs to stand out from the crowd for you to win. To beat this stage of the game: Really read the application. Most applications tell you who they are looking for. Write your personal statement so that it "talks" to the judges, tells them what they want to hear about you, but yet at the same time, is truthful. Don't let your personal statement sound like a singles ad! Let your personality shine through! Let them know who you are and why you deserve to win! Tell the judges why you are a unique, special, deserving person, one worthy of their time and money. Remember, you are unique, special, and worthy! Be the best person you can be. Don't be pathetic, whining, rude, or ignorant. Ultimately, it's the whole person that is judged, not just your grades, need, or athletic ability. You are a unique, special deserving person - sometimes despite your grades! Let that shine through! Source
  11. 2. "Pick the Contenders" Stage Remember that quite a few outstanding students ended up in the "no" pile during the first stage because their applications were not good enough, not because the student was not qualified. This is an important point to remember: The best applications get the most serious consideration. The person looking at the applications at this point may still be a secretary, volunteer, or intern. Or it may be the "Scholarship Administrator." Sometimes, it is one of the "Official Judges," who has been chosen to select the applications that are seriously considered. It may be the entire judging committee. Sometimes this stage is "combined" with the "Weed out the Junk" stage. Either way, usually at this stage, your application is being looked at for what is wrong with it. The reviewers are not looking for the best applications. They are looking for the worst applications that they can eliminate. This is a particularly tough stage to "win." A critical eye is being used to find any reason to eliminate your application. #1 reason your application will die here: Rudeness. Be polite! Having personally read over 8,500 scholarship applications over the last two years, it amazes me how rude many students are. You are asking the judges to give you money. Rudeness will not win you any points. #2 reason your application will die here: Spelling. I know I harp on spelling over and over (and I know I'm not a perfect speller, either!), but it is an easy way for judges to reduce the number of applications they have to seriously consider. If you have even one spelling error or one typo, your application may well be history. If you do not take the time to spell-check your application, the judges will not take the time to read it. "Let's see, we have Claire here, who is studying Competur Sceince? Sheesh, she can't even spell her own major right!! Forget her!"
  12. Your application will be considered against the scholarship's primary requirements. For example, if the scholarship considers academic achievement, the committee may quickly check your GPA at this point. And if your GPA is in the 2.0 range, it's probably dead. If it's in the low 3.0 range, there is still some hope. If it's in the upper 3.0 range, it's definitely alive! Be aware that just because you do not have a terrific GPA does not mean that you have no hope for scholarships that are primarily based on academic achievement. The trick is to improve your odds of winning by applying for smaller scholarships and local scholarships, ones that do not receive a lot of applications. With a low (2.0 range) to a good (lower to middle 3.0 range) GPA, you have almost no hope of winning a big national scholarship based on academic achievement that receives 20,000 applications. But if you apply to a local, smaller scholarship that receives 10 or 100 applications, you have much better chances of winning, especially if your GPA is in the 3.0 range. Cere in Tacoma, Washington shares her experience: "One thing I am concerned with is that some students might get the message that if you don't have a really high grade point average, don't bother. I am a single parent going to school full time and can only manage to hold a 3.45 GPA. I have been lucky so far though and have received $3,500 in scholarships, so I know that not having a perfect grade point won't hold you back from winning all the time." Whatever the main considerations are for the particular scholarship - be it grades, financial need, major, religion, hobbies, professional associations, or whatever - if your application doesn't match up to ALL of the basic requirements of the scholarship, it's history at this point. "Hmmm... hey, this application seems good, Jason, 4.2 GPA, very nice! Lots of volunteer work, helps his mother at her catering business, very nice... oh... he's studying Ghost Chasing, we're looking for Basket Weaving majors, oh well, too bad..." If you don't pay attention to the requirements, the judges are not going to pay attention to your application. How to "beat" Stage One: Be neat! No coffee stains. Type your applications - avoid handwriting. No spelling errors. None! Be complete! Include all required supporting documentation, references, etc. Be accurate! Make sure you match all the requirements. If the scholarship is for English majors and you are studying Computer science, don't apply! Think about how to make your application stand out. Consider putting it into a plastic folder. If not forbidden, include school newspaper clippings about you, additional recommendation letters, or other things that help you shine. Remember that appearances count. People say that this is common sense and everyone knows that appearances matter. My response: If everyone knew that they needed to be neat on their applications, then why do so many applications look like they were written in a fast-food kitchen? Continued in "Judging Scholarships, Part II"
  13. By: Laura DiFiore You fill out the application, mail it in, and it seems to disappear into never-never land, lost forever, never to be seen or heard from again. Why? Understanding the basic Judging Process may help improve your odds of winning. All organizations that offer scholarships have their own way of judging the applications they receive. Please understand that this article is intended to be more of an "overview" based on a variety of judging committees rather than a description of how any one particular scholarship contest is judged. 1. "Weed out the Junk" stage. Some organizations open up applications as soon as they are received. Others will simply let the applications pile up in a corner of the office, waiting until the deadline date. Some organizations are very organized. They enter each application into a log book as it arrives, assign it a number, and keep track of it. Others are not very organized - remember, many of these organizations are SEVERELY under-staffed, under-funded, and overworked. Some applications might, unfortunately, be lost, probably ending up in the same place that your socks go after they enter the dryer. Either way, often the person opening the applications is a secretary, volunteer, or maybe even stay-at-home Dad watching the afternoon soap operas. Quite often, it is NOT a scholarship judge who actually opens the envelope to give your application the "first look." As each application is opened, a "quick check" is made of the application. Is the application neat? Are all required documents included? References, transcripts, photo, etc.? Are all questions answered? This "quick check" is exactly that: QUICK. If your application has been looked at for 30 seconds at this point, you are lucky. Important: This stage is also where MOST applications end up in that big "NO" pile, never to be seen again. In many cases, up to 90% of applications are "killed" right here - after 10-30 seconds of consideration. Seriously. Up to 90% of applicants are removed from the running after 30 seconds of consideration. For the percentage impaired, if the organization received 1,000 applications, up to 900 of the applications received lost the game right here. When determining the acceptability of each application, many organizations use a "checklist" or "point system" - often both. Here's an example of a checklist used by a scholarship committee that I sat on last summer. First, the administrative assistant looked at each application. If the answer was "yes" for each question, she sent the application to Tom Atkins, who was the head of the Judging Committee. If there was a single "no" - she threw the application out. Yes, into the garbage. She didn't "judge" the STUDENTS - she "judged" the quality of the APPLICATIONS and decided which applications the judges would actually judge. She rated each application with "yes" or "no" for the following: Spelling Neatness Photo Two reference letters Transcript Personal statement Studying engineering or computers? Volunteer work? Active in school? From Colorado? Think it's not fair that your application "lost" after just 30 seconds because of a single typo or a small wrinkle? Wrong. It's totally fair. It's unfair of you to not take the time to make your application neat, clean, and simply perfect. Remember, lots of students do take the time to make their applications neat and clean. It is unfair to those students to spend a single minute on the students who do not take the time.
  14. By: Kelly Tanabe If you think that writing essays for college applications was an exhausting experience, we're sorry to break the bad news to you--there are more to come. Many scholarship applications require at least one essay--although they are usually (but not always) shorter than those for college admissions. Before you begin wondering if it's worth the trouble to apply, the good news is that because you have already written quality essays for your college applications, you have some very good recycling possibilities. Plus this time you have the motivation of writing to be paid money instead of writing to spend money as you did for the college application essays. Similar to admissions officers, scholarship committees see the essay as a window into the hearts and minds of the applicants. Because of this, essays for scholarships should be written similarly to college essays. They should be original, well-written, honest, and describe something meaningful about you. Scholarship essays should captivate the readers and make them care about the writer. All the strategies that you learned in the college essay writing chapters also apply to scholarship essays. While a scholarship application may give you the luxury of writing on any subject--in which case you can easily submit one of your college essays--most give you a much more focused topic. For example, if you are applying to an organization dedicated to promoting world peace they may ask you to write about--what a coincidence--world peace. If you are applying to a civic group, they may ask you to write about your volunteer experience. In these cases you need to demonstrate in your essay that you are strong in that particular field or area or that you are the most suitable candidate because you fulfill the specific criteria of the award better than anyone else. This may mean that you will have to write a new essay. However, since these essays are shorter and it is not expected (like the college application essays) that you spend weeks on them, they should be much easier to turn out. Once you get going you can usually whip out an essay pretty quickly, especially if you can cut and paste one together from several previous essays. The final thing you should keep in mind when writing is to consider the kinds of people who will be reading your essay. An essay about how you wished you were born in a communist country because of your love for Marx may not go over well for an American Legion scholarship--many of whose members risked their lives fighting communists. An essay about the evils perpetrated by big business may not find much sympathy in a scholarship committee composed of Rotarians. Keep in mind, at all times, who your readers will be and make sure what you write will not offend them. Source
  15. By: Laura DiFiore Winning scholarships is not easy. With as many as tens or even hundreds of thousands of entries per competition, you should do everything you can to make your application perfect. Incorporating the advice of over 40 different scholarship judges, here are common mistakes that students make that take their applications out of the running and how you can guarantee that your scholarship application will NOT win! 1. Forget to include your name and/or address! You would be surprised how many students do not include their name or address on an application. 2. Submit an incomplete application. Make sure you include all required references, photos, transcripts, and essays. 3. Be rude or abusive to the judges. Telling the judges that they will burn in Hades if they don't pick you or that they are idiots because they don't accept applications from students in your major is a sure-fire way to guarantee you will NOT be considered for this award and that the judges will tell all their judge friends how immature you are. 4. Submit a dirty application. Use a plate for your lunch, not your application. Don't spill (root) beer on your application! 5. Apply when you do not meet their minimum requirements. If they require a minimum 3.0 GPA and you have a 1.2 GPA, don't waste your time! 6. Send it "postage due." Oops! 7. Mail the envelope but forget to put the application in it. Surprisingly common! 8. Submit inappropriate supporting documentation, such as including a picture of you at age 6 months when the application asks for you to include a photo. Or including a copy of your arrest record as a reference! (This really happened!) 9. No one can read your application. The use of fancy, hard-to-read script typefaces on your essay, or handwriting that even a doctor would be ashamed of. 10. Spelling errors! Even one spelling error can doom your application! Remember, if you do not take the time to spell-check your application, the judges won't take the time to read it! I know that these seem like common-sense mistakes, ones that very few students would make, but these are the most common mistakes made by 75% or more of all applicants! Last summer, I sat on a judging committee, and 96% of the applications contained three or more of the above errors. Why so many students make these mistakes is a mystery - but I hope after reading this, you will not be one of them! Source
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