What is a national scholarship?
A National Scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education within the country. Scholarships are awarded based upon various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award. Scholarship money is not required to be repaid.
When should you start looking for scholarships?
Honestly, there’s no perfect time to start looking for scholarships.
Don’t leave the page yet – I have more insights.
Scholarships are nice, they help you financially if you need it – and we have so many of them available. You can search for one whenever you need it, even at seventh grade.
If you feel the need of getting a scholarship – just go for it.
How do I register?
Well, there are online sites for them, which I’ll link right below – you can click on them and follow the steps mentioned in the blog here:
For the purposes of this post, we’ll be delving into the first link.
Click on ‘New User? Register’ on the Top Bar:
- Scroll down and click continue.
- Fill out the details and hit register.
- Verify your information.
You found scholarship programs – now what?
Now comes the part where you need to actually prepare for the scholarship exams – and these are pretty competitive. It’s not easy to bag in qualifications in the national or even the state levels. But I have some tips to help you out:
Read through requirements:
I know that this sounds pretty intuitive – but you’d be surprised to know how many people ignore this important step. The first and foremost thing that you must start with is to read through the requirements of the test. Requirements can be anything from the syllabus, to the due date, to the scope etc.
This is the easiest and the most important step in this list.
Plan out/Organize your study ritual:
“Ah Adittya, I never heard of this tip before!”
I know, I know. This is cliche but it’s important. You’re studying for a national scholarship – you should have some sort of organization intact.
Now before you start, remember that perfectionism is bad for academics – trust me on this one. If you’re trying to perfect it, you’ll never get there.
Just sit down for a while peacefully, and start planning how exactly and when you want to study for the national scholarship.
Get some insight on the national scholarship:
What do I exactly mean by some insight?
I mean – get to know about the national scholarship – as an exam – and how the pattern is and how difficult it is etc.
You can easily get this information by talking to someone who has already taken this exam before – some friend or a cousin, anyone who has recently taken the test and knows about it. Just talk to them and get some insight on the test.
Use the insight for your benefit:
- Once you have the details, list them down somewhere.
- Plan your study ritual around this insight – get to know the syllabi better.
- Practice using the same exam pattern.
- Get help by your seniors or a tutor who’d be willing to help.
Prepare yourself, mentally:
Now we’re getting serious. You need to prepare yourself mentally that you are about to take an important step in your life.
The point of this is not to scare you – it’s to brace yourself to accept yourself and your dedication.
This may take some time, but it’s an important step to take. It gives you reason to work hard and take action.
Give it a go:
Don’t overthink it. Don’t try to perfect it. Just give it a go.
The beauty of exams is that it gives you an opportunity to accept the achievements and shine over them. If you didn’t hit it this time – there’s always a next time.
Have faith in yourself and your preparation, and don’t stress over it.
Final words of advice:
National Scholarship sounds daunting, but in actuality – it’s kinda a major part of a lot of student’s life and it’s a local sweetheart when it comes to India’s economic conditions. If you feel you’ve prepared well enough – be rest assured that everything will turn out well.
If you liked this blog, read this one where I talk about stress management.
I wish you goodluck,