how did you get a full ride scholarship??? that's so freaking amazing
Hi. I’m not sure where you live but if you’re in Canada, I think these tips will help you. If you’re in America, my wifey @koriyuri can help because Kaebae also got an amazing one. Getting full rides, in general, aren’t easy just because no one likes paying for things.
Here are some general pointers that the scholarship advisor who picked me had to say about my application.
Make each point you write really count and try to combine those EC’s.
Example: I helped tend to heatstroke/nausea/wounds as a lifeguard for my team (here’s a physical activity for ya) on my outreach trip to Thailand teaching English for underprivileged schools (there’s the service portion for ya).
Everyone who applies is smart and has an unholy GPA. What makes you special?
List some academic awards here. Awards awarded as a result of your GPA are better highlights than your GPA itself.
Example: I took IB and got 42 and I’ve been consistently getting in-school and community awards/scholarships since Gr. 10. I really honed in on the fact that I took IB, so if you took IB/AP, drill that in.
Continuation is key.
Example: I worked as a peer and paid tutor for about five years (still am tbh because I love teaching and working with kids). In these five years, I had extensive experience working with kids with ADHD, ADD, ASD, FASD, dyscalculia, and dyslexia. Most of my students also received a significant grade boost with my help and I mentioned that.
So while many applicants worked as tutors, the time for which I had tutored stood out to my advisor.
Example: In 2 years I managed to rack up 400 hours at two local nursing homes working with a diverse group of seniors (had experience working in palliative care, with seniors with severe dementia and other physical disabilities).
You don’t need 400 hours but my point is that showing continuation throughout your activities is super important. For me, my advisor did say that the number of hours in the time I worked was impressive.
Combine leadership, creativity, and passion
Example: I created and lead three clubs in Gr. 10 all the way until I graduated that all had significant membership. I also wrote a little bit about what these clubs accomplished under my leadership and how each affected our school and local community.
As said before, most applicants probably also lead clubs or start clubs. What will make you shine above the rest is what your club means to your community, yourself, and to its members. What have you accomplished as a club? How did that affect you and those around you?
Luck. Honestly it’s usually luck in the end. You’re cool but everyone else is also cool. The selection process is so subjective so don’t beat yourself up.
So yeah I think that’s it. If you want the details, message me, I’m always down to help prospies get into their fave Canadian colleges or get easy scholarships. Good luck!