The first step is, of course, applying for the scholarship. Your primary groundwork should be having your academic record spic and span. It really helps a lot, as such a record depicts sincerity and perseverance.
It makes you a stronger contender for the financial aid, since the benefactors would know that you won't misuse the money and waste the opportunity. At this stage, you will need to decide which scholarship you are going to pursue.
First off, you need to get to know the subject of scholarship, i.e., for what purpose is the scholarship granted, and which academic discipline does it relate to. The field in which you want to complete you education is bound to have a scholarship program.
Either you can apply yourself, or else your teachers can recommend you for a scholarship by writing a recommendation letter to the provider. You will have to send out a written application, which often consists of essays, questionnaires, and even some small tests, or your own research.
The providers would send out scouts and interviewers to judge whether you are worthy of the scholarship or not.
This part can be really tough, as you would have to sharpen your skills and knowledge about the field in which you want to specialize. Sharpening your skills is just one part; you will also need to focus on common logic, your overall personality, and your communication skills.
Disbursement of the Scholarship
After the interview, the provider of the scholarship sets up a committee to review two things: 'deserve and desire'. Here, your application and interview are reviewed, following which the committee takes the decision to grant or not grant the scholarship to you.
Following the decision of the committee the funds or means of the scholarship are disbursed. They are found in several forms, such as means, funds, boarding, books, or such other aids for education.
Getting a scholarship is tough, so the early you start, the better your chances.