As an international student, I initially thought that I would not be able to get a scholarship, because scholarships and financial aid seemed more available for the U.S residents and citizens. However, I did it! I won a $1000 MiraCosta College scholarship in May 2017!! I learned a lot from this experience, such that I have to read a lot to find the available scholarships which I am eligible to apply.
MiraCosta scholarships are available to students who complete one semester and are continuing for another semester. I had to write an essay as a personal statement in which I described myself as how I deserved that scholarship. Basically, I answered two questions:
- “What makes you different from the other candidates?”
- “What makes you deserve this scholarship?”
Applying was easy. On the MiraCosta Scholarship webpage, I typed my student ID and SURF password. I completed personal information, then uploaded a personal statement and my MiraCosta transcript. The most important requirement was that I had to submit my transcript from the previous semester and showed them my future enrolled classes. That means I needed to have at least one full semester at MiraCosta getting a certain minimum GPA (vary depending on each scholarship), and I will be enrolling for the next semester, because a lot of scholarship at MiraCosta are not transferable.
There have been a lot of students winning the scholarships at MiraCosta College, and there are a lot of types of scholarships with different amount awarded. Gie, an international student from Malaysia, got 2017 annual scholarship which was $500 award. “I felt happy. The scholarship made my day,” said Gie
Gie also shared some tips to the future candidates at MiraCosta that, “All you have to do is to get a good grade, put some effort writing, share your story and experience, you can seek help from Writing Center or even Scholarship office.” In personal statement, he wrote about the difficulties that he has experienced in the United States, his educational as well as career goals, and how the scholarship would help him. All of that helped him win the scholarship. MiraCosta has great financial resources available for students who attend this College. So why not apply when you need financial support? First, finish your first semester at MiraCosta College with a good GPA. Second, look for the scholarships that you are eligible to apply. Then go for it!
For more information on scholarships, check out Augustina’s blog.