Qualities That Make You a Worthy Candidate for Scholarship Awards in High School


Getting a scholarship can save you a lot of stress and trouble. Financial assistance from educational grants could give you the leeway and flexibility you need to focus on your studies, take it easy on finding and working another job, and more. How do you get picked for a scholarship, though? Here are some of the qualities that make you an excellent candidate for one. If you have these in spades, make sure to mention them in your application form.

Your Uniqueness

What sets you apart from the rest? Do you have a background that’s far from the conventional sort? If you’re only going to talk about yourself in the same way that other applicants have done—that is, just list down all your academic and extracurricular accomplishments—that might not yield you the outcome you want. Give the screening committee context on who you are. What makes you you? What adversities and challenges have you overcome? What do you dream about when you think about the grant? How will it make a difference in your life? And how do you plan to make a difference in the world once you have the scholarship and education you want?

Ability to Lead

If you were a leader in any capacity at any time in school, make sure to highlight those experiences. Schools love to know that their applicants have the talent and skill to lead and persuade people. Knowing that you have leadership skills strengthens your case and makes you even more attractive in their eyes. They want an applicant who is going to be an asset to the school and community. Showing them that you have what it takes to be a leader, telling them what you learned from those experiences, and demonstrating why you’re ideal for the position can all work in your favour when you apply for that high school scholarship.


Another quality that screening committees love is being goal-oriented. It means you care about having and meeting goals. That’s a go-getter trait. It means that you can work with deadlines and schedules because you know what you want, and you do what you need to do to get it. Having your eyes on the goal also means that you are dedicated and motivated. You don’t let obstacles and hurdles get in the way of you achieving the outcome you want.


Do you volunteer? That trait will boost your application portfolio. Scholarship panels love the thought of choosing applicants who know the value of service in the community. That’s because it also promotes good relationships between the school and the community. It’s a good way to show the school that you are a definite asset.


There’s more to life than grades and studying. The committee will want to see how passionate you are about getting the scholarship. What do you intend to do with the money? Show them how much you love the thought of being able to finish your degree, of being able to do what you’ve always wanted to in life. If you have little to no enthusiasm or passion, that could tip the scales in someone else’s favour. If you want to improve your chances of getting the scholarship, then show them that you’re passionate about winning this one.


Being confident doesn’t mean you need to be cocky. A quiet confidence is enough to get them to see that you aren’t fazed, that you believe in yourself, and that you are ready to make them believe, too, that you are the best candidate for the grant. If they see that you are confident about what you want to do and accomplish in the future, that could assure them that you will remain in control and on top of the situation. In case things go wrong, you’ll know what to do.

Team Player

Being a team player is a good quality. You want to accomplish great things. You want the scholarship to give you the time you need to work on your project or idea. The ability to work well with others, then, will come in handy for you. Knowing how to collaborate with others makes work easier. If you can easily work with them, then the committee has no doubts that you can work with your fellow students who might be onto the same idea. Also, you won’t be too stubborn if you need help. You’ll know how to ask for assistance. That could make a difference in the outcome of your project.

Most importantly, you need to be prepared. You need to know how to look ahead and anticipate problems. That way, you can take measures to prevent those issues before they even happen. If you know how to think at least five steps ahead, then any committee will want you. 


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