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Scholarship Program Information Sessions

October 30, 2014, Mary Gates Hall

Details coming soon! Several scholarship programs will be providing information sessions during the fair, in addition to tabling.

Tips to Help You Prepare for and Make the Most of the Fair

Why attend the fair?
  • To learn about programs that can both provide you with funding for school and with the experiences you want and/or need to advance your education and future interests.
  • To help you plan for your future, short and long-term, by considering the opportunities scholarships provide.
  • To learn about specific scholarship programs, their purposes in providing scholarships to students, what selection committees a're looking for from applicants and advice for crafting competitive application materials.
  • Practice your interviewing skills informally by having friendly conversations with program representatives.
Why do scholarship programs participate in the fair?
  • For the opportunity to talk to students directly!
  • To help students to understand the scholarship opportunities they provide and apply competitively!
  • To promote their programs and expand their reach.
What to expect?
  • We anticipate having approximately 20-30 scholarship programs attending. Each scholarship program will have a table in the MGH Commons, and will be represented by at least one person (or multiple people ) from that organization, department or foundation. Program representatives will be sitting or standing at a table and will be available to talk with students who stop by. Some program representatives may take the initiative to strike up a conversation with you, others will wait for you to approach them. Don't be shy!!
  • We also anticipate that several hundred students and alumni will be at the fair throughout the day. So it could be very crowded and noisy during peak times. The early hours of the fair (10am-noon) tend to be a little less crowded, so come early if you'd like to avoid potential lines.
  • A few of the scholarship programs will reserve a specific time to offer a group information session. These sessions will go into more depth and provide a more structured opportunity to hear from the program representatives, ask questions, etc.
How to prepare?
  • You can just show up and chat with program representatives, but doing some research before the fair could maximize your time and ensure you get the information you want.
  • Research the organizations, foundations, departments attending the fair to get an idea about the scholarship opportunities they provide, their missions, requirements, etc.
  • Do some self-reflection and goal-setting to consider what your interests are, what kind of experiences would help you move toward your goals, etc. to be able to be as creative and expansive as possible in thinking about how scholarship programs can help to facilitate those goals and plans. Use our website tools to get started thinking about these ideas.
  • You don't necessarily need to bring anything with you, as scholarship representatives will not be accepting applications directly from you at the fair. But it may be helpful to have an updated resume with you to be able to have conversations with representatives about developing yourself as a candidate.
  • Be prepared to present yourself professionally and make a good impression:
    • Dress appropriately - No need to wear a suit for this occassion, but do dress in a way that represents yourself well.
    • Have your elevator speech prepared - Get comfortable introducing yourself, your interests, your goals and plans in a brief and concise way, in roughly 30 seconds.
    • Have your questions ready - Develop a set of basic questions you'd like to ask program representatives to make sure you get the information you want from the conversation.
    • Take notes - Bring something to take notes on so you can jot down the important take aways from your conversations, as well as developing a list of scholarships you want to apply for and when.
At the Fair:
  • Maybe you want to visit every table to learn as much as possible. Feel free to wander around and strike up conversations with anyone! Maybe you want to identify specific tables to visit. Check out the Fair Map to find them.
  • While waiting to chat with representatives, be alert to other conversations which may identify additional opportunities or give you additional ideas.
  • Example questions you may want to ask:
    • Basic questions about the mission of the scholarship program, how many scholarships are offered, deadline dates, application requirements, etc.
    • What have previous students gone on to do with that scholarship, or after that scholarship?
    • How might I make myself a competitive candidate?
    • What are the benefits of the scholarship beyond the money provided?
    • What do you think are the benefits of going through the application process, even if a student is not selected?
  • Make sure to collect program materials and/or business cards for those programs for which you have an interested in applying.
Follow up
  • Use the list of scholarships you've developed from the fair to create a calendar for yourself of applications you plan to do and relevant deadline dates.
  • Add to that calendar by searching for additional scholarships that might fit your interests and goals. Don't limit yourself to just those that were able to attend the fair! Use our website to search and generate ideas.
  • Meeting with a scholarship adviser to talk through the applications you're working on and get feedback on application drafts.
  • Attend one of our upcoming workshops.