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Scholarships abroad for Filipinos

There’s a common misconception among students that applying for and getting scholarships is a process that’s tough and tedious.

Some feel that the odds of getting scholarships to study abroad are exceptionally slim, but in fact, there’s a wide range of scholarships and grants to suit the various needs of international students who wish to study in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. 

Scholarships are not exclusive to only high academic achievers (merit-based) and can come from various sources, varies from country to country and is a useful financial boost to anyone’s study abroad dreams and goals.

There are different eligibility requirements for every scholarship, with each covering different costs across undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs.

Types of Scholarships

In general, scholarships 2020-2021 can be categorized into the following:

1. Destination-specific Scholarships

In terms of destination-specific scholarships, they are often offered by governments and universities to international students from specific countries, or even globally.

For instance, the UK government’s Chevening Scholarship is a scholarship program that offers Filipinos and those from around the world, the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university.

2. Merit-based Scholarships

In order to be eligible for merit-based scholarships, a student must demonstrate academic excellence, although apart from grades, some universities would consider skills like your athletic prowess or musical ability.

3. Athletic Scholarships

For students who are talented in a particular sport, or are student athletes, universities can offer full scholarships but in exchange for their sporting achievements. Students will have to juggle the rigor of training as well as maintain certain academic standards.

4. Need-based Scholarships

In general, need-based scholarships are meant to help students who are not able to afford tuition and other relevant fees. Eligible students will have to showcase the need for financial assistance, with aspects like parents’ income (if student is still supported by parents) as well as tax statements and employment being analyzed by the scholarship provider.

Also, need-based scholarships are separate from merit-based ones, whereby a student can be awarded both. 

5. Program-specific Scholarships

As the name suggests, program-specific scholarships are scholarships that tie in specifically with a bachelor’s or master’s program, as well as other study fields like engineering and social sciences. 

Program-specific scholarships 2020-2021 are sometimes offered along with the university admission without the student needing to apply for it.

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