5 Things You Should Know About Scholarships
Some tips of the trade on graphic design school scholarships
Everyone has received tips on how to do something faster or better.
In this two-part series we'll present some advice on the topic of scholarships and grants for graphic design college and how to avoid some of the red tape and pitfalls associated with scholarship applications.
1. Apply locally
There are literally millions of dollars in scholarship money available to those who are diligent, talented or in need of financial assistance. But keep in mind that national scholarship contests or grants are highly competitive.
You can still apply but expect a wide field of other applicants vying for the same resources.
However, another way to approach this situation is to apply for local scholarships at graphic design schools or various other organizations in your city or state.
While there will still be competition for local scholarships, the number of applicants to these programs will be substantially smaller and will give you better odds of being noticed.
2. Avoid paying for scholarship or grant information services
Scholarship information is always free. But there are new companies cropping up on the Internet that promise to fill out all the paperwork out for you.
Are these companies legitimate? Would you pay another person to go to the library to find certain books for you? Probably not, and neither should you pay companies to do the legwork for you in seeking out scholarships and filling out applications.
Applying for a scholarship is serious business and leaving your future to a company where there is no oversight on what it is doing for you is wasted money, and most likely a confidence swindle.
Graphic design school scholarships and financial aid
Getting the education you need to qualify for jobs in graphic design may be an important door opener for your career. Many entry level positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and proper training in graphic design principles is a must.
Graphic design college expenses can be offset in part by scholarships or grants. These are provided by government agencies, colleges, and private firms. Be sure to look into these for possible assistance.
We'll tell you about an industrious and persistent student who was able to pay for his entire college education through scholarships. We'll also cover some of the things you should avoid when applying for scholarship money and grants.
Until next time, keep on designing!