Thinking of applying for one of our local foundation grants or a scholarship of any kind?
Firstly, well done for even considering applying for a bursary.
It takes courage to reach out for help and even thinking about it and searching for one is the first step. There’s no shame in knowing you need some help to get your dream rolling, and there’s no shame in reaching for it by applying for a grant or scholarship.
Scholarships, grants or bursaries would not exist if people didn’t need them, but many go ungiven because people are think they don’t deserve to be helped. This is simply not true, if you are a successful applicant you deserve it, and we are sure you will work hard to make the most of every dollar and opportunity the scholarship gives you.
Finally, here are a few more helpful hints and tricks to mastering your CEF grant (or any scholarship application!):
– You are not limited to applying for one scholarship. Apply for any scholarship which you are eligible for and meets your needs – the more you do the better you become.
– Make hard copies of every document and application you send in, just in case something gets lost along the way.
– Complete your application in full, make sure every question is answered.
– If you are unsure about how to apply or what to include with your application, contact the relevant organisation by telephone or email.
– Find out about who is offering the scholarship and how they look to support the community. Some background on the organisation will never do you harm and it may help with answering some of the questions they ask you.
– It’s important that you understand what each question is really asking you. If it helps break down the question into smaller parts and underlining keywords can help you to stay on point and provide an answer full of information.
– Re-read your application and make sure you have answered the questions properly. Edit any spelling mistakes and poor grammar. If you make a lot of changes, re-read it again. Ask someone from school, a friend or family member to read over your application with a fresh pair of eyes.
– Be yourself in your application. The organisation wants to know who you are and what you want to do.
– Ensure that you will be easy to contact and that the addresses and phone numbers provided in your application are current and correct. Use a personal email address – not your school-issued one.
– Know your opening and closing dates, you don’t want to miss out by one day!
P.S. Don’t forget our grants are available for uni and VET (TAFE) students.
P.P.S. Keep an eye out for our 2020 Scholarships Guide – it’s coming soon! Find our 2019 Scholarships Guide here.
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