There would be an equal opportunity to study for everyone in an ideal world. All students in need would receive a scholarship and they would study the subject of their choice. However, we do not live in an ideal world… Schools receive money from governments to support the students, but the budget isn’t sufficient and they can not approve every application. Therefore you need to try your best and convince the committee in a scholarship interview that you are the one who deserves the grant. We will try to help you to prepare for this interview.
What will happen?
You will likely meet a small interviewing panel, consisting from college staff. They will have a look at your documents and talk to you for approximately fifteen minutes, asking you several questions. Based on your situation and answers to their questions, they will decide if you are eligible to get the scholarship. They want to give away all possible grants, because they want to support as many students as possible. After all, the money are not paid from their own pocket.
But even though you should show them not only that you need a scholarship, but also that you deserve one. They must see your motivation to study and do well.
Let’s have a look at the questions they will ask you.
Most typical questions for scholarship interviews
- Tell us something about yourself.
- Why do you want to study at our school? Why have you chosen your subject of study?
- What interests you the most here?
- What do you want to accomplish in your life?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
- How do you plan to use your scholarship?
- How would your friends/teachers describe you?
- What makes you special to receive this scholarship? (Question applied in interviews for other than social grants.)
- We have only limited numbers of grants to offer. But there are many applicants. Why should you receive it instead of somebody else? Why you, and not they?
- What can you do for our college?
- Do you plan to look for a part time job while studying?
As you can see, the questions aren’t difficult. However, to underestimate any of them would be a terrible mistake. You have only one chance to get a scholarship and you should make the best out of this opportunity.
World belongs to the prepared one
In order to improve your chances and succeed, you can prepare few things prior to this interview. Sometimes the members of a scholarship committee have no idea about the expenses students have for travel, accommodation, meals, study materials, and other things. Therefor we suggest you to prepare a monthly expense report. A simple breakdown of your expenses, activity after activity, day after day. You can use it when answering the question about spending the scholarship, as well as when answering other questions.
You should not forget that the people in the scholarship committee are neither psychologists, not professional interviewers. They are people, they are emotional, they want to help. I heard several times that a family photo, or even a photo of a house (in a bad condition) touched the hearts of the committee and they approved the application immediately. Be creative and bring with you as many things as you can–you will not necessarily use them, but you’ll lose nothing having them in your bag. Having a lot of things reflects that the scholarship really matters to you. Most applicants will bring nothing with them… You should not follow such an example.
What to say at the end?
To win a scholarship is not easy at all... If you want to succeed, you need to devote enough time to the preparation. Have a look at the interview questions from our menu, or even consider purchasing a book to help you to stand out from the crowd. We have reviewed many books and made a selection of four best. You can have a look at it in Book Section. We wish you a pleasant stay on our website, and hope it will help you to get a scholarship.