5 Qualities to Make It Count as a Scholar

Here are first dibs by three of our TEAS scholars, Sara Nathan, Loh Soh Yee and Lillia Tan, on what it takes to possibly qualify or earn a scholarship – and keep it.

1. Be diligent

There is no fast-track way to success, and our TEAS scholars, can attest to that! No matter what your goals are, they said, hard work always pays off. These young ladies, each with different qualities and dreams of their own, earned their TEAS scholarship in 2015 and have since come a long way in learning that success does not come on a silver platter.

2. Have a balanced life – in and out of studies

Taylor's College recognises qualities of students beyond the classroom, and Sara can vouch for that. Active in sports, she believes that every student needs to be an all-rounder. She said, “I was surprised when I was accepted as a TEAS scholar - I didn't think my grades were perfect enough for a scholarship. Taylor's College recognised my abilities in other areas apart from education. I believe that to excel, you need to have a balance in studies and extra-curricular activities that will shape your educational experience.

3. Dare to be different 

If you believe strongly enough in something, you should go and get it. Soh Yee, who hails from the southern state of Johor, took the bold step of leaving it all behind and entering a new, unknown realm all on her own. “All of my friends from Johor had joined other institutions hence I didn't know anyone when I first started A-Levels at Taylor's College,” she said.

Wasn't it intimidating? “Yes, it was” she said, ”but I wanted to pursue my studies at Taylor's College and stayed focused on my goal. I had to get out of my comfort zone.” And that is how her story has unfolded thus far.

As the wise words of Oprah Winfrey goes – “Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity, will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge.

4. Stay humble 

The inspirational Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us, to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone's contribution and treat everyone with respect.

These scholars agree that staying humble is also essential to success. Just as in the current Unites States' First Lady's words, they attribute their successes to the lecturers and teachers, their parents and peers who constantly challenge them to be the best they can be.

5. Make it count

This is what Lillia and her fellow TEAS scholars believe in. She said accepting the scholarship is just the first step towards developing one's self. “Throughout this journey of education, you will encounter many challenges, but it's important to constantly strive to sharpen your skills and broaden your horizons. It doesn't matter what your goal is, but in the end, make it count,” she said.

There is no simpler way to say it!

In a nutshell, to all aspiring young people looking to build on their dreams with a TEAS scholarship, or any other scholarship for that matter, these are the wise words of young people like yourself, who have earned their scholarships with no tricks or magic, but pure hard work, determination and belief.

Taylor's College wishes you the best in carving your own pathway to success!

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