1. Financial support
At its core, a scholarship gives you money, which provides you the means to do so much more with it. For me, that meant going on a year-long exchange to Switzerland (one of the most expensive places in the world!) to experience other cultures, learn outside of my comfort zone and more importantly, travel! This would not have been even remotely possible without my scholarship. For you, the money might mean you get to move to a new city for university, or don’t have to work as much to support yourself and can instead spend your valuable time elsewhere, which leads to…
With that extra time, you can now say “yes” wholeheartedly to more opportunities that you’re passionate about. Whether that means playing sports, socialising with friends, volunteering, or grinding to get those high marks to keep your parents happy, a scholarship gives you more time to pursue your interests without stressing about working.
Ever doubted your skills and talents, or never felt good enough? You might be experiencing “imposter syndrome”. I can’t promise you that a scholarship will remove this feeling entirely, but it is definitely a sign that you’re on the right track and should keep going! A scholarship gives you the confidence to believe in yourself and your amazing potential. It means that you are special, that someone believes in you so much so that they are willing to invest in you financially to allow you to follow your dreams. That’s incredible! Who wouldn’t want to feel that way?
4. Work experience
There are three types of Women in Engineering Scholarships; industry sponsored, donor sponsored, and university sponsored. Depending on the scholarship you're awarded, you might have the opportunity to get some degree-related work experience. Finding a job is hard already, so having an industry-sponsored scholarship can definitely help kickstart your career. Working in industry whilst studying also gives you valuable insights into the workforce and enhances your learning outside of the classroom.
5. Represent UNSW
Lastly, receiving a scholarship gives you the opportunity to represent UNSW at various functions and events. At these, you get the chance to give back to others by inspiring them to love and pursue engineering too! And ultimately make your mark on the world.