First of all, this is base on personal opinions as a former athlete, 8A SPM Scorer, CGPA 3.84, and a university student abroad
Second, this article is suitable for students who will start form 4 soon, because it is time to get ready.
Now it really depend on what you want to study, you should really prepare because scholarships don’t come easy these days unless you are a genius and you have really good connections or you know certain ways like what I am about to reveal.
Before you even dream about getting a scholarship you need to prepare your documents of achievement. The organization who will sponsor you will want to know, why they should give you this scholarship because nothing comes for free, unless the government is very rich, for instance, China(base on my experience)
Here are certain general tips to earn a scholarship (local or abroad)
You gotta be consistent in your results. Try to get all As if you can.
Join competitions, it can be anything. Writing competition, debate, piano ect . It is better if it is national or international MAKE SURE YOU EARN A CERTIFICATE AS EVIDENCE BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT AMONG OTHERS Sometimes, it is not about the amount of certs, it is about the quality of certs.
Hold Committee roles in your club, it proves that you are capable of taking responsibilities.
Practice scoring high marks for IELTS, IELTS do give scholarships (depend on the university you applied). In other words, English grammar and writing is way important than you think. I’m afraid merely an A in English at your SPM level may not be good enough.
and IF …
You are not the best student in your class, you are not very active in clubs, you don’t play the piano or violin( i don’t play them) but still want to get a scholarship.
It is time to ask yourself what you really like. I’m happy to answer any questions whether you just finish your SPM or still a Secondary school student, or a parent