A Scholar’s review
Fees and Finances can be a tough obstacle to tackle before accepting theuniversity’s offer. With this world’s economy, it is a growing reason why students step awayfrom higher education.
When I first got that offer notification in my UCAS portal, it wasdefinitely, something bubbling in my mind, as it had also been announced thatfirst years coming into UK universities in the fall of 2021, would be the first group of Europeanstudents not being offered the home fee.
I was fortunate enough to come to a university who did participate invarious programs of financial aid, one of which I was made aware of in an emailsent by Warwick. The Undergraduate Global Excellence Scholarship is designed for internationalstudents coming to Warwick, that do not qualify as “Home fee”.
It was very easy to apply through the link in the email, I had to set up a Warwick IT account (as does anyone who comes to Warwick regardless of scholarship applications) which led me to theapplication process.
The application was surprisingly not difficult to complete. I took my time to work on the answers in order to communicate the best representation of myself, my career objectives, my personality, my academic character, and much more. However, once those questions are answered you don’t need to provide other documents for consideration. The scholarship team considered my answers, the strength of my academic profile (which they had access to through UCAS), and other criteria for applying to the scholarship (which they stated in their email). I am not sure if the selection process has changed, but this was how it worked for me.
And I was beyond thrilled when I got an acceptance email. I was so grateful for the opportunity to study under the right conditions and hopeful that I could go to university and be a true representative of the values and meaning behind the program.
Since then, I have been asked a lot, about what I did to make my application successful, and although I cannot state my advice to be indicative of what the scholarship team was looking for,there were two main things I tried to communicate when writing my answers.
Firstly, my true self. I know it sounds like a cliché but portraying your true personality rather than whatyou think the team will want to hear was something I tried to achieve in myanswers.
Secondly, being objective. I tried legal writing if you will. Staying true to thethe point, considering why is it relevant to include this activity in the answer, beingconcise in the points and after all having some structure.
Again, I have no clue if doing these two things actually awarded me the scholarship, but they are, I think, two frameworks that I structured my answers around. In the end, I am just eternally grateful for being a Warwick Scholar and I wrote this post to encourage any offer holders to apply as well. I leave some links below you might find useful!