A little effort can cut cost of studying

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 October, 2005, 12:00am

IF YOU ARE thinking of pursuing a master's degree for further qualifications within your field but the thought of financial debt discourages you, think about making use of scholarships. You don't have to be Mother Teresa to receive them - they are offered almost everywhere and, best of all, they will cover tuition costs.

Many companies and organisations offer them as a means to benefit their workers, or to contribute to society. Institutions and higher learning facilities such as graduate schools and vocational training organisations also offer them as a way to share the burdens of students and trainees.

There are many little-known scholarships and learning grants being offered by foundations and organisations everywhere.

There are several websites, such as www.scholarships.com, that advertise and list the many scholarships that are made available internationally.

For Hong Kong scholarships, prospective applicants should look up companies, schools or organisations that are relevant to their interests and background to find the appropriate scholarship.

You also don't have to be a top student to be awarded a scholarship as they are not awarded solely on the basis of academic merit or community involvement. There are scholarships out there for people of certain cultural backgrounds, beliefs and economic status to apply for as well.

Most scholarships require entrants to apply and submit their own entries. Every application is considered.

Though the process of applying may be seem tedious, it's only a matter of writing down your reasons, updating your resume and filling out a few forms.

So give it a thought if you're looking to improve your qualifications and do some research.

After all, a little effort can bring big results.