FAQ: Applying for a Scholarship
HOW DO I FIND A SCHOLARSHIP WHICH I CAN APPLY FOR?
- Search the scholarship webpage www.wintec.ac.nz/scholarships.
- Check out the scholarship monthly flyer at www.wintec.ac.nz/scholarships or on the student notice-boards around campus.
- Visit Breakout, a national database of funding, www.fis.org.nz, available free at most public libraries or with secondary school careers advisors.
- Talk to other students or your tutors.
- Search links to other funding on the scholarship webpage.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Read the regulations carefully, especially the eligibility criteria, to ensure you are eligible to apply for the award/scholarship.
- Check for any gender, age, nationality, indigenous or other special group restrictions on applications and only apply if you definitely meet the criteria.
- When writing your application carefully read the selection criteria as this will give you an indication of the attributes the selection committee will be looking for when they award the scholarship.
- If the scholarship is being offered by an external organisation/ enterprise, gather as much information as possible on that company, its philosophy and its goals.
- Check the close off date and make sure that your application arrives in time.
WHERE DO I FIND THE APPLICATION FORM?
- If it is a Wintec scholarship you can download the application and regulations from www.wintec.ac.nz/scholarships
- If it is a scholarship offered by an external organization, a link will be given to their website where you can find details of how to obtain an application form. Most applications are available on-line.
- Follow instructions as to whether you can only apply online or whether you need to submit a hardcopy.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SCHOLARSHIP, GRANT OR AN AWARD?
- Scholarships are often awarded on the basis of academic achievement; however, there are many that aren't. This means that you do not always have to be an A student to win a scholarship. The committee may look at your community involvement or extra curricula activities.
- A grant is similar to a scholarship. It is a sum of money to fund something such as education.
- Awards can be given as a prize or reward for different criteria. You may be nominated or can apply yourself.
CAN I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE AT A TIME?
- Unless the scholarship regulations specifically mention this, you can normally apply for more than one scholarship. You will need to check the conditions/ regulations of each scholarship that you apply for.
I DON'T MEET ALL THE CRITERIA, SHOULD I STILL APPLY?
- If you have any questions regarding your eligibility write, call or e-mail the provider of the scholarship to ensure you have the full details of application procedures and what is expected of a successful applicant.
- Do not give up, if you can not find a scholarship that fits your status right now, keep checking back, as new scholarships may be offered during the year, or you may become eligible in other years of study.
NEED HELP TO RESEARCH YOUR WHAKAPAPA?
- Visit the Wintec library, public library or alternatively contact your Maori Trust Board.
HOW DO I MAKE MY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION STAND OUT FROM THE REST?
- Make sure you give yourself enough time to write and organise your application. Do not leave it until the closing date!
- There are often different forms for different scholarships, so ensure you are completing the right form.
- If you can, type the application and spell-check before submitting.
- If you are handwriting your application, write neatly and spell correctly. The first impressions of the selection panel will depend on this.
- Complete the form in black pen. Scholarship application forms are photocopied for the selection committee and black pen is the most visible.
- Complete both sides of the application form and make sure that you answer all questions properly- do not skip any questions.
- If there is not a question on the application form strictly related to extra-curricula activities, try to include these in a covering letter or personal statement. This could be information about other activities you are involved in, ie; peer- tutoring, coaching, or community involvement
- Provide your full and correct address (if this is likely to change during term time make sure that this is updated).
- Have someone else proof-read the application before you send it away.
- As each scholarship has its own particular requirements make sure you apply for each scholarship separately.
- Ensure your applications are single-sided and A4 size. Staple once only in the top left hand corner. Do not bind or submit in a folder. All applications are photocopied for the selection committee, and this will make it easier to be processed.
HOW DO I WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT?
- Most applications ask for a personal or supporting statement. Use this opportunity to tell the selection committee why you should be awarded the scholarship. It is your chance to speak about yourself and provide the selection committee with information that allows them to become acquainted with who you are, your study and your career aspirations, any relevant work experience (interests and community) and achievements.
- This should be typed, but if this is not possible, use neat, legible handwriting.
WHO WOULD MAKE A GOOD REFEREE OR PROVIDE A GOOD REFERENCE?
- Only provide references if they are asked for.
- Make sure your referee has adequate time to prepare a good reference and submit it on time.
- If references are requested, give your referee a copy of the regulations for the scholarship so that the reference can be written with a particular focus.
- Make sure that your referees know of every scholarship you have applied for in which they are listed as a referee.
- If you are applying for more than one scholarship, please ask your referee to write the relevant scholarship name on each reference.
HAVE I PROVIDED ALL THE INFORMATION THAT IS REQUESTED?
- Check that you have provided all documents as requested e.g.CV or birth certificate, etc. If you require certified copies of your original documents you can call into the Student Enrolment and Information Centre and they can make certified copies.
- When documents are requested, supply the documents in the order in which they are requested. If, for some reason, you cannot supply a certain document, explain why.
- Attach only the documentation requested.
- If the scholarship is awarded on academic merit, make sure you attach all academic records.
- If the scholarship is awarded partly or wholly on factors other than academic merit (such as community involvement, or sporting achievements) make sure you include any relevant supporting documentation which you can as evidence of your achievements in these areas.
ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS?
- Wintec does not currently have any scholarships open to international students.
- For information on scholarships available to international students please refer to www.education.govt.nz.
I STUDY PART-TIME, ARE THERE ANY SCHOLARSHIPS I CAN APPLY FOR?
- You will need to check the regulations or conditions of each scholarship.
- Most scholarships will specify whether you have to be enrolled as a full-time student, or if they will accept applications from part-time students.
- If it does not specify this on the criteria, email the scholarship provider to confirm.
THE CLOSING DATE HAS PASSED CAN I STILL SUBMIT A LATE APPLICATION?
- Scholarships closing dates and times are very strict and are date-stamped upon receipt.
- If a scholarship closing date has been extended this will be advertised.
- Should you wish to submit a late application- you must first check with the provider or sponsor, to see if it will be accepted.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM SHORT-LISTED AND ASKED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW?
- Congratulations - if you have made it to through to this stage, then you are a finalist, and this is the last stage in the scholarship process.
- Make sure you are on time and you know where the interview is to be held.
- Dress appropriately. Personal presentation is important and it will be your chance to impress the selection panel.
- Do some research into the goals and philosophy of the external organization or sponsor of the scholarship.
- Prepare for the interview and write down some possible questions and responses, for example, relating to your study and career aspirations or perhaps positive role-models in your life that have influenced you to pursue this direction of study.
- Do not be afraid to talk about yourself or ask for clarification of any question that you do not understand.
- It is normal to be nervous, so try and stay calm and take a few moments to think about the question before responding.
- Thank the selection panel for the opportunity for the interview and seek clarification if you don't know how and when you will be informed of the outcome.
I MISSED OUT, CAN I RE-APPLY NEXT YEAR?
- If the scholarship is offered on an annual basis check that you will still meet the criteria before you re-apply.
- Complete a new application and personal statement. Do not recycle a previous application.
- It may be worthwhile, going back to the scholarship provider to ask for any feedback on how you could improve your application or for any relevant feedback.
I NEED SOME FURTHER HELP- WHERE DO I GO TO FROM HERE?
- Seek guidance from a teacher, or careers advisor if you are still at secondary school.
- Get someone else, preferably someone who writes well to proof-read your application before you submit.
- Check who is the contact person on the application form of any external scholarship to seek any clarification or question you may have regarding a scholarship.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drop into the Student Life office and speak to the Student experience advisor for scholarships
GOOD LUCK! We wish you all the very best with your applications!