What do I do if I did not get a scholarship?

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You applied for a scholarship.

You hope to be awarded one.

You made as much preparations for the interview and assessments.

You did not get the scholarship you wanted.

You feel disappointed and upset.

What do you do now?

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  1. Review your assessments and interview sessions

Reflect and write down on how the assessments and interview sessions went. How did you feel when you were answering the questions? Did you answer the questions? Did you elaborate on your answer? How confident were you when you were answering?

Key learning: Use the STAR interview techniques to improve your preparations for any upcoming scholarship assessments and interviews. Practice answering your questions with your parents and friends. Prepare for any possible questions by researching common interview questions.

  1. Lack of preparation about sponsors & field

Upon applying for the scholarship, you may be shortlisted for the interview. Part of your interview preparation is to know more about your sponsors. As there are many forms of interview, you may be called unexpectedly to be assessed via phone interview. You should be ready to answer questions about your sponsors on the phone or in person. Many students lack the knowledge of why do they deserve the scholarship from this company or university.

Key learning: Who are they? What is their history of the company or university? Why did they decide to offer the scholarship? What are they looking for in scholarship candidates? How can you align to their company mission and aim? It is best to be over-prepared than ill-prepared because you want to give your best and positive impression to sponsors.

  1. Lack of interest in course offered

Most scholarships offered have listed the sponsored fields or majors. It is common trend for students to apply for as many scholarships as they can in hopes of landing one.

Key learning: Find out your strength and weakness using our free personality test to shortlist your preferred field or major of studies. Compare your list to the list of degrees covered by the scholarship.

Tough competition

  1. Standing out from the crowd

As the economy continue to experience uncertainties, it is natural for scholarship applications to be more competitive with many students looking for scholarships. You did well for the interview and assessment, but there are others who did better. How do you compete then?

Key learning: Imagine interview as a way of promoting yourself. What have you done recently that makes you look good? Have you volunteered for any event? Were you involved in any committee (national or state level)? Have you created an original invention during your free time? The key point is to highlight something unique you have done that will impress the interviewers, and be remembered by them after you leave the interview room.

If you need an alternative solution now, what are your immediate options now?

When one door closes,another opens.

  1. Other scholarships – offered for different stage of degree

Keep applying for more scholarships. There are scholarships offered for every stage of education – whether it is during the second semester of Foundation, second year of degree, or last year of degree. In addition, there are more scholarships coming very soon to iScholar. While waiting for the new updates, follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

  1. Loans through university, banks, or government

This is the most common route many students take, applying for loans from university, banks, or government (PTPTN). Ensure that you make your case clearly for faster financial assistance approval. Keep in mind that you can always continue to apply for scholarships even though you already have a loan.

In short, understand the reason why you were not selected for the scholarship. Work on this reason and keep applying for new scholarship opportunities. We have more updates coming very soon on new scholarships, so follow us on Instagram or Facebook!

Written by Melanie Mok

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