We have been asked a lot about scholarships lately, so it wasn’t long after that we, the UKEAS team, decided to write our first ever article about this topic. Yes, we know that studying abroad CAN BE expensive, and yes, we know that getting a scholarship would really help in your plans to go abroad. But what do you really need to know about scholarships?
#1 You may not even need one
A lot of people think that they are not able to afford to study abroad. Guess what? If you graduated from a top university here in the Philippines or if your parents are supporting your plans to study abroad, a scholarship program should not be something you should be thinking about. You should be focusing on where you should be studying or how much you are willing to spend more than how much you are willing to save. Let’s face it-- education CAN BE expensive, however you won’t make many more important investments in your life than in your education. No other factor has a greater influence on where you’ll end up in life than does your education. So you need to be willing to invest something into your future.
#2 I’m looking for a Full Scholarship
We speak to different students everyday, and it’s amusing to find that so many assume that getting a full scholarship is easy. We are telling you now that getting a full scholarship to study abroad is NOT EASY. It is actually incredibly competitive and unless you are the “best of the best”- it’s pretty unlikely you’ll land one. Full scholarship programs for an undergraduate degree are impossible, while full scholarships for a postgraduate degree is plausible. Plausible in the sense that the only full scholarship you can apply for are usually government-sponsored full scholarships or some Universities that provide one. So yes, it does exist, but it doesn’t mean you can get it easily. We’re not saying you shouldn’t try- but be realistic and know that it isn’t going to happen just because you want it- it requires years of being a disciplined and prepared student who has been planning on this for sometime. Some basics for you to remember:
USA scholarship = Fulbright
UK scholarship = Chevening
Australia scholarship = AUSAID
New Zealand scholarship = NZDS
Our only tip for those who plan to apply for these: BE PREPARED. Application to these scholarships is difficult and incredibly competitive, but if you are prepared to go through the whole process, it will all be worth it. Know the deadlines of the requirements and make sure you know what you plan to study. And remember that this isn’t only about what’s on a piece of paper- many of these scholarships are looking for leaders and charismatic persons who are going to be future movers and shakers. Make sure you sharpen those social skills before your interviews. The process can be up to a year long and taxing- so make sure you’re in it for the long haul.
There are a few full scholarships that Universities offer. For full scholarships that you can look into, here are some examples:
University of East Anglia - School of International Development Full Fees Scholarship https://www.uea.ac.uk/international⋯⋯
University of Westminster - Westminster Full-Fee Scholarship https://www.westminster.ac.uk/study⋯⋯
There are not a lot of university full scholarships to choose from so make sure that you read the qualifications before you start applying.
#3 University Partial Scholarships
Universities usually have their own scholarships, but please take note that most of them are partial scholarships, which means you will have to support a bulk of your study abroad. What you need to know? Many universities have £1,000 - £4,000 automatic scholarships for international students. This basically means that you do not have to apply for it, it will be given to you once you get an offer. Think of it as a tuition fee discount. Here are some examples:
Nottingham Trent University - International Scholarships (GBP 2000 both UG and PG) https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-cou⋯⋯
Sheffield Hallam Unviersity - Transform Together Scholarship (50% tuition fee waiver) https://www.shu.ac.uk/?sc_itemid=CC⋯⋯
Other scholarship options you can get from the universities are their academic scholarship programs. What you need to know? These are purely ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, which mean your grades from your undergraduate degree must be outstanding. Also, make sure that you look at the university website to see if you are even eligible to apply. Most of the time, scholarships have specific requirements such as being a member of the commonwealth or for specific nationalities. Lastly, you may only apply to these scholarships once you have an offer. It does not make sense to apply to these scholarships if you cannot even get in the university.
#4 Family Scholarship
Can my family pay for my study abroad? When we talk about family, is this your tita who works in New York or your lola who lives in Sydney? Officially, the only family who can support your studies abroad are your parents. This means that during your student visa application, only your personal and your parents’ bank account are considered. So if you plan to get sponsored by several members of your extended family, for example, your tita wants to pay for half of your tuition fee, while your lola wants to give you enough money to pay for the first half of your stay abroad, we suggest that they deposit the money to your account instead.
#5 Philippine Scholarships
To date, we are not aware of any Philippine government sponsored scholarships which the general public can apply to for studying outside of the Philippines. However, here are some suggested ways you can find funding. For Higher Education teachers, are you aware that CHED has a current scholarship program for you? You may check out their website if you are eligible to apply. For science-based students, you may checkout the DOST scholarship program, while for most government employees, you may ask your HR if they have education funding for your further studies as some of you are able to study abroad depending on your partnerships with other international institutions. If you are working in a big corporation, you might have programs that can fund you depending on how long you have worked with the company and your plans for your future within the company.
#6 Student Loans
Your last option would be taking out a student loan. This may not be one of the options on your radar since some Filipinos do not believe in borrowing money for their education but think about this fact- MORE THAN 70% OF AMERICAN STUDENTS TAKE OUT LOANS TO ATTEND COLLEGE. More than 61% have at least 1.2 million pesos in loans after they finish their undergraduate studies at public colleges. You might say- “well they’re dumb for doing that” but in the United States it is seen as an investment- the first major investment they make in their lives. One of the greatest social mobility indicators has always been education. More people have worked their families from poverty into a better life due to education than through any other means. Think of it another way, if you were willing to purchase a car and pay for it over the next five years- why are you not willing to purchase something that has a greater return on your investment? If you are one of these people who doesn’t think taking out loans for education is right- we would ask you to stop being shortsighted and realize that education is an investment that will provide more for your life than nearly any other investment you’ll make. Ask your bank about taking out a loan and learn more. This is one way for you to make your dreams come true without depending on any parental support or scholarship funding. Remember, an education abroad can be expensive but missing out on a life changing experience is more costly than an education will ever be. Invest in your future!
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