what is a scholarship?
Scholarships make study easier
Scholarships provide funding to university students to help them through their studies.
Undergraduate study can be expensive and in order to make it easier, universities, government departments, philanthropic organisations, private businesses and individuals provide funding to assist those who have the drive and determination to complete a university degree.
Financial support by way of a scholarship can greatly increase your chance of achieving your educational aspirations.
What do scholarships offer?
Scholarships may offer assistance with education-related expenses as well as basic living costs. Non-financial support may also be offered, such as an opportunity to undertake an internship in an industry related to the student’s area of study or an invitation to attend a course-related conference.
Many scholarships are available for particular degree programs or fields of study and for students who have particular needs or disadvantages.
Scholarship providers may be quite specific about how the funds are to be used, for example, the payment of university fees or accommodation.
Payments might cover general living costs such as transport, rent or text books or they may be made directly to the university (in the case of fees or accommodation). Payments may also be given directly to the recipient, either as a one-off lump sum payment or in regular instalments. Scholarships are also referred to as bursaries or grants.
Scholarships and what they can be used to pay for differ between institutions, but they all offer some sort of support for those who decide to continue on to higher education.