RMIT scholarship recipients share application tips with prospective students

RMIT scholarship recipients share application tips with prospective students

As the deadline for RMIT University scholarship applications approaches, three Opportunity Scholarship recipients share advice with students planning to apply.

Nguyen Minh Hai: “A comprehensive and prepared plan was my strategy.”

RMIT Bachelor of Business (Management) student Nguyen Minh Hai has been passionate about business and economics since he was a boy.

“I believe that business is the key to improving the quality of life for people with a disability. Therefore, I researched and discovered that RMIT University had the best economics program,” said Hai.

Determined to receive the only RMIT Opportunity Scholarship on offer in 2017, Hai worked hard on a specific plan to get there.

Hai emphasised the importance of early and thorough preparation for students planning to apply for an RMIT scholarship.

In addition to demonstrated academic excellence and leaderships skills gained through social activities, Hai said candidates should also have a clear goal and a comprehensive plan.

“For example, a business student should be able to show how they’ve learnt, explored, and implemented business projects in the past, and present examples of current and future projects.

“Candidates should not provide too much information that doesn’t align with the goal,” Hai added.

news-1-rmit-scholarship-recipients-share-application-tips-with-prospective-students Nguyen Minh Hai (2nd from right) received an RMIT University Opportunity Scholarship in 2017.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Vinh: “Read carefully and follow the instructions.”

Nguyen Thi Thanh Vinh received RMIT’s Opportunity Scholarship in 2018, and went on to study a Bachelor of Languages. Vinh recommends that scholarship applicants should read the requirements published on the RMIT website carefully and follow the instructions.

“The selection criteria are presented very clearly. All you need to do is to demonstrate your qualifications in required areas,” Vinh said. “You will have to prepare a lot of documents, so start to work on the application as soon as you can in order to have time to review and fix it if necessary.

“When I came to the interview, I was nervous. My advice would be to keep calm and be honest. The panellists are experienced and they will easily notice if you don’t tell the truth.”  

news-2-rmit-scholarship-recipients-share-application-tips-with-prospective-students Nguyen Thi Thanh Vinh recommends that scholarship applicants read the selection criteria carefully.

Nguyen Thanh Vinh: “Be yourself!”

Nguyen Thanh Vinh, a 2018 RMIT Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) graduate, encouraged prospective scholarship students to be confident during the application process.

“The wisest thing I did was to follow the advice of Ms Jade Bilowol, a lecturer at RMIT University then. She made it very clear that I needed to be no one but myself. She helped me realise it was important to show the scholarship interview panellists that I was the one they were looking for. The only thing I needed to do was to choose stories that could efficiently demonstrate my qualifications for the scholarship.”

news-3-rmit-scholarship-recipients-share-application-tips-with-prospective-students Nguyen Thanh Vinh graduated from the Bachelor of Communication (Professional Communication) program in 2018.

Since 2014, RMIT University has awarded 12 scholarships in Vietnam to students who are living in disadvantaged circumstances. The scholarship recipients not only receive full financial support, but also a chance to be a part of a vibrant international community as well as opportunities to study abroad at one of 200 partner universities around the world.

Opportunity Scholarship candidates need to submit their application via one of four non-profit organisations: Reach, KOTO, Sao Mai Center, and Vietnam Blind Association before 30 July 2020. Find out more about how to apply for an RMIT University scholarship here.

Story: Dieu Huong

17 July 2020

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