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5 things you should know about scholarships, Part II

filing-out-formPersistence pays off
There is an old adage that proclaims, "If at once you don't succeed, try, try again." The process of applying for scholarships and grants is similar to these words of advice. It takes persistence and patience.

In "5 things you should know about scholarships, Part I" we covered the topics of scholarship assistance services and applying to local institutions for education funds.

In the conclusion of this series we'll go over strategies that may help individuals who are already employed and why it is so important to be extremely conscientious when filling out forms.

3. Ask your employer for assistance
people-at-deskIf you are already a part of the workforce but would like to take continuing education courses, your company may have a program that can help offset graphic design college expenses.

The company sees this as an investment in your future while you gain further knowledge and expertise in your field of design. This becomes a win-win situation for the employer and employee.

There are hundreds of Fortune 500 companies that have education assistance programs for their employees. Check with your supervisor or human resources representative to find out if your firm supports such a program.

glass-of-water4. Something is better than nothing
A parent related this story about their son. He wanted to attend a certain university but knew he nor his parents had the sufficient funds to make his dream come true.

He decided his solution was to apply for scholarships and grants for his education. He sent out over 100 applications to schools, companies and organizations. The result of this was a fully paid college education.

Not everyone is as industrious as this student, but the moral of the story is any amount of financial assistance is better than nothing. And if you apply yourself you may have a significant amount of your educational costs defrayed.

5. Be very thorough
magnifying-glass-and-bookWhat if a prestigious law firm was looking to hire a front desk receptionist to greet clients and someone appeared at the interview with torn jeans, a dirty jacket, and worn out shoes?

Would the law firm hire this individual? Although the individual may be highly talented with strong people skills our guess is he probably would not get the job.

First impressions set the course for job interviews. This can also be said of scholarship applications. If your scholarship form is messy, incomplete or fails to include necessary documents, this can put your application in the discard pile.

Graphic design school and scholarships
If you are contemplating a career in graphic design or are already working in the industry, scholarship money for your graphic design school education can be of great benefit.

Scholarship funds range from $100 to $10,000 or more, so be sure to apply to as many as you are able for better chances of landing a few of them.


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