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Applying for scholarships [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2013, 04:51
I am applying at several schools to do an MSc in management next year. Among which Duke, ESADE and ESCP. Since the tuition fee is quite high for these schools and I am 23 year old student with no working experience and thus no means to pay for the programs at the moment I plan to apply for a scholarship.
But I was wondering how one should go at this?

I have an unconventional background (master in product development) with good results, a high GMAT (770), won two quite significant awards with my graduation project last year and speak 5 different languages. As such I consider myself quite competitive for a merit award but I don't really know how to try to convince the board of this.

Most scholarships ask for a letter explaining why you consider yourself to deserve it. I guess it is quite hard not to brag if they are asking you about your own merit.. Should you talk about financial need in this kind of letter? I have no means to pay the tuition fee at the moment since I just graduated but I guess 90% of students don't.
Any tips on writing this letter or similar experiences would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Applying for scholarships [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 04:24
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Re: Applying for scholarships [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 08:58
Some schools, like LSE, will actually disqualify you from admittance if you apply knowing you cannot afford the education. I would not mention that in the essay.

Since this is a merit award, meaning it has everything to with your academic record, that is what I think you should talk about. As long as you are not calling yourself the smartest person to have ever lived, bragging a little is not a bad thing in an essay like this.
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