You should do your homework prior to the interview. Scholarship committee does not want to give a grant to someone who just applies for a study anywhere and tries to get a scholarship. In this interview, you need to convince them that you consider their institution to be the best and that you know why you want to study there and not at other school.
Please, do not forget that people at schools are pretty proud on their institutions. They consider their school and study programs to be the best, doesn’t matter if true or not. Therefor, you should speak positively about their school and give clear reasons why you want to study there.
What to focus on in your research?
You should spend some time on the website of the institution prior to the interview. Try to focus on the following things:
- Study programs – choose the one you like and write down reasons why you like ti (practical application, interesting subjects, reputable teachers, anything).
- Values and goals the school has, their identity (colors, principles, study environment, internal policy). You can compliment them on it in your interview.
- Achievements of the students, teachers, research activities they have.
- Anything that distinguish the school from their competition.
In an interview, these should be the reasons for your preference. E.g. best study program, very nice values, good reputation of the school, practical subjects and application of the students, etc.
You can bet on money-saving reasons too
After all, this is a scholarship interview. If the school is near to your home, if you would not need to live in the dormitory, or if in somehow it is not so expensive for you like other schools, it is a good base for your answer. Let’s have a look at two samples.
I have made a very detailed research about subjects in each grade of the study program. I really like it. I believe that from all the institutions, this is the best mix of theory and practical subjects, to make us prepared for real world. On the top of that, I really like the variety of campus activities and part time jobs your school offers to students. I can see myself participating on it, to further support my studies.
I live just thirty miles from here. It is the only college of this type within range of 100 miles from my house. Studying here, I would not need to live in the dormitory, and can save some money because of it. Eating home, and sleeping home is always less expensive. At the same time, I really like the study program, so your school is simply an ideal combination for me.