Importance of merit scholarships in a students life

Rupali Kaerkar
Jan 4, 2021

Academically, athletically, and artistically accomplished students looking for lucrative sources to fund their education can find the perfect solution in a  merit scholarship. Merit-based scholarships help to facilitate quality education to deserving students through full or partial coverage of tuition fees.

In this blog, we have covered the A-Z of merit scholarships to acquaint you with what they are and why you should consider applying for one if you’re in dire need of financial relief. 

Let’s begin.

What is a Merit-based scholarship?

A merit scholarship is a scholarship awarded to students based on their excellence in different fields such as academics, sports, and art. A student has to show exemplary performance in a particular area to get the scholarship.

Students are eligible for a merit scholarship so long as they have excellent performance in the required fields. Unlike a need-based scholarship that considers the student’s financial situation, a merit-based scholarship is for anyone who meets the skill criteria.

Also Read: 7 Easy Steps to get Merit Scholarships

Types of Merit-based Scholarships:

1. Academic Merit-based Scholarships

Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence. A student’s high school GPA, class ranking, honorary titles, to mention a few, are considered to evaluate their suitability for such scholarships. Academic performance is a must to avail this grant.

A student has to stand out in their academic performance to qualify for the academic merit scholarship. Generally, a student’s previous year performance is evaluated to check their qualification for this scholarship. Based on the issuing body's scholarship criteria, your academic performance for the past 2-3 years might also be evaluated. So research the academic merit scholarship you’re after to learn if you’re eligible for the same.

2. Athletic or Sports-Based Merit Scholarships

Most universities prioritise sports activities and are frequently on the lookout to enrol national or international level star athletes in their establishment. Many institutes and colleges have started awarding athletic or sports-based merit scholarships to gifted and accomplished athletes.

● At the university level, beneficiaries of this scholarship may have to play with the college team.

● At the school level, students who get a sports-based scholarship may get acknowledgement in the form of tuition discounts through this scholarship. They too might have to represent their school in inter-school competitions.

3. Artistic or Talent-Based Merit Scholarship

If you do not have expertise in academics or sports, there is no cause for alarm. The artistic or skills-based merit scholarship is another avenue you can explore. A talent-based merit scholarship is awarded to students based on their accomplishments in specific skill sets.

Be it painting, dancing, literature, debate, or any other skill set that is recognised by a scholarship granting body, you can efficiently utilise your talent to avail this scholarship. 

GIIS Merit Scholarships:

With Merit Scholarships, no student is left out. Whichever your area of expertise, there is a suitable scholarship for you! It is up to you to perfect your skills and increase your chances of winning the scholarship. You also need to identify the various scholarships available for application.

If you’re a student at GIIS, here are some of the merit scholarships you should consider:

Global Citizen Scholarship: Academic-based merit scholarship

9Gems Holistic Development scholarship: Talent-based merit scholarship

Global Future-Ready Merit Scholarship: Academic-based merit scholarship

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Global Skills Scholarship: Talent-based merit scholarship

Benefits of merit-based scholarships.

Scholarships are crucial to a student's life. The following is the importance of Merit-based Scholarships.

Makes education affordable

Accessing quality education is costly. Therefore, many parents find themselves applying for loans to fund their children’s education. Some of these loans attract substantial interest rates that may be difficult to afford and repay in the future. By offering partial tuition fee coverage, merit scholarships play a fantastic role in democratising education and making it accessible for everyone.

One does not need to pay back the scholarship money; thus, parents and the children are saved from the debt trap. Being debt-free inspires students to become more productive in school as they are now at liberty to pursue and thrive in their studies stress-free.

Helps a student to perfect their expertise

Merit-based scholarships encourage students to perform in their talent areas. Be it academics, sports, music, dance, drama, theatre, poetry, or debate - it encourages students to step up and thrive in their interest areas. The GIIS 9Gems Holistic development scholarship provides students with the opportunity to get the best and quality education in GIIS by offering tuition subsidies to students who have demonstrated exceptional competitiveness in any of the 9GEMS skills.

Moreover, merit-based scholarships allow students to interact with students who are also excelling in the same skills. Be it sports or studies, music or debate, you get the opportunity to perfect your skills through meaningful challenge and competition. Therefore, students get the best exposure in their field of excellence when competing for merit scholarships.

Boosts Confidence and Recognition

Winning a scholarship brings a lot of self-pride and confidence to a student. A merit-based scholarship helps students believe in their abilities, which motivates them to work hard and achieve their goals. 

To win a scholarship such as the Global Future-Ready Merit Scholarship is not an easy task. Therefore, a student who wins a scholarship is recognised among peers and society. They are deemed to be hardworking, focused, and know what they want in life. They get to act as role models and a source of inspiration to their peers and younger students.

Increases future prospects

Landing a merit scholarship demands hard work, consistency, and results. It demands being exceptionally accomplished at what you do. Given the competitive nature of merit scholarships, securing a seat in a college or university becomes easier. They will be thrilled to admit you in their establishment because offering you admission would mean enrolling talent, and who doesn’t want that!

Moreover, holding a scholarship increases your chances of landing a well-paying job in the future when you graduate from college, even if you have negligible work experience, because of the prestige that comes with attaining a merit scholarship.

Start preparing early in the field that captivates your interest early on in life to avail a merit scholarship. Be it academics, sports, or art, cultivate your talent and deliver the best performance record among other applicants. Doing this will go a long way in improving your future prospects.

Rupali Kaerkar

Ms Karekar comes with over 20 years experience in content writing and content strategy in fields from journalism and content marketing. As head of international communications, she has been actively interacting with stakeholders like the student, teacher and parent community to ensure open channels of dialogue and passage of information between all parties. As a result, the school initiatives and stakeholder performances find the right platform and voice to share their achievements.

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