Getting a scholarship is undoubtedly tough. It requires hard work and dedication. But what is the first step towards getting a scholarship? What is one among those traits that distinguish the scholarship winners from the crowd? It’s none other than the ability to search and be aware of all opportunities around! They constantly try to be more aware than they are. If you know about all the scholarships and opportunities, only then you will be able to strive towards achieving them.

But how do you find so many scholarships and opportunities? What’s the secret website to find them?  It’s none other than  Google! Here are a few tips to help you search for scholarships

👉 Spend a few minutes of your commuting time searching for scholarships. 

For instance, when you are traveling to your university, instead of just randomly scrolling your Instagram feeds, you can invest that time fruitfully by searching for scholarships. Similarly, you can take a few minutes out of your free time to search for scholarships.  

 👉 Use “company name” + scholarship

To make your Google searches effective, try certain keywords like “scholarships” or the name of the company whose scholarship you’re looking for. For instance, if you wish to know about the scholarships offered by google, just head on to your search bar and type “Google scholarships”

For example: 

👉 Try different keywords related to your field and demographics + scholarship

It is quite likely that you might need to search for a scholarship based on your domain. For example, if you are a CS student you might search “Scholarships for CS students” or “Computer Science Scholarships”. There are scholarships available specifically based on gender as well. So you might search “Scholarships”+ (your domain) +  (gender)

 👉 Dig deep into every search engine or scholarship engine page. 

Certain scholarships are not much highlighted or are not popular. But winning them might prove to be beneficial for you.  So, it is really important to search deeply and look out for every possible website for relevant information. Browse until page 41 if you have to.

👉 Read every blog post you find about scholarships.

Blogs are good sources of information. Scholarship recipients often write blogs or articles about their achievements. You can make notes of the Scholarships listed, even if the deadline has passed. Then set reminders for when the applications open. ( For this you can follow https://scholarshiptrackblog.wordpress.com for latest updates ).  

 👉 See someone posting about a scholarship they achieved?

Whenever results of a scholarship are announced, Linkedin and other such platforms are flooded with success posts. If you were unaware of that scholarship, it is important for you to first google it, see whether it is relevant to you and your domain, and make note of it too! Make sure you apply for it next year.

 👉 Application deadlines passed? Once again, what do you do? 

Again, set reminders. (For this you can follow us on Linkedin, Instagram and Facebook.)Set reminders for when the applications open. Could be 8 months from now. Doesn’t matter. It might skip your mind until then but these reminders will help you.

To stay up to date with the rest of the world and be ahead of our peers, it is imperative to put forth some efforts. Make it a habit to search for scholarships every day and make it a part of your daily routine. These tips will surely help you ace your scholarship game and make you stand apart from the crowd.

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