By Liz Harvey

Umuntu wese ushaka gukomeza kwiga amashuri azi neza ingorane ziba mu kubona amafaranga y’ishuri, ibitabo ndetse n’ubundi bwishyu butandukanye. Igihe umaze kwiyandikisha, ugatangira kwiga, gukora ibazwa, kwandika ubushakashatsi byose ukabivanga n’akazi biragorana. Nyamara muri Maine hari uburyo bugera kuri 12 wabonamo ubufasha bwo kwiga waba wiga amasomo magufi, ururimi rw’icyongereza, ubumenyamwuga, abakuze bashaka gusubira ku ishuri, kwiga amashuri yisumbuye, ubucuruzi cg se Kaminuza.

Buri kigo gitanga ubu bufasha mu kwiga gifite ibyo gisaba abashaka kububona. Hari abasaba ko ubereka ko ukeneye amafaranga, hari abareba uruhare ugira mu kuyobora umuryango utuyemo, Uko wagize ibyo ugeraho udatezuka, n’ibindi. Ubufasha bwinshi busaba ko ubuhabwa aba yarerekanya gutsinda amasomo mu byiciro yarangije. Hari naho basaba ko wandika inyandiko ndende ku ngingo runaka ndetse hari n’abatagira icyo basaba.

Mbere yo kvuga umwihariko wa buri bufasha ni ngombwa kumenya uko wategura ubusabe bwiza.

Kuba umuyobozi, Kudatezuka ndetse no gufasha mu muryango
Ubufasha mu kwiga akenshi buhabwa abantu baba baragize ibyo bahagararira-urugero ese waba warigeze nko kuyobora itsinda ry’abantu ku ishuri. Ese waba warashinze nk’itsinda rifasha mu bintu runaka? Ni byiza ko werekana ko hari ikintu wahagararariye kandi cyagize umumaro haba mu rugo, ku kazi mu muryango cyangwa se aho usengera.

Ikindi abatanga ubufasha mu kwiga bareba ni ukudatezuka. Ese ushaka ubufasha afite ubushake bwo kugera ku ntumbero runaka? Ese yaba yaranyuze mu birushya akabasha kubisohokamo kigabo? Ese azi kujyana n’uko ibihe bihinduka -Ukaba Wabasha kubitangamo ingero zifatika ariko kandi mu buryo buvunaguye.

Kuba hari imirimo rusange wakoreye umuryango ubamo ni ingenzi mu gihe usaba ubufasha. Ese waba uri umukorerabushake aho utuye? Waba warakoranye n’abatanga ibiryo mu gace utuyemo? Kuba wakwerekana ko ufasha abo mu gace utuyemo ni ingenzi mu kuzuza ubusabe bw’ubufasha mu kwiga.

UBUSHOBOZI BUJYANYE N’IMYIGIRE NDETSE N’UKO WATSINZE.
Mu gihe ubusabe bumwe na bumwe butabaza ibijyanye n’uko umuntu yitwaye ku mashuri, hari aho basaba ikigero runaka waba waratsindiyeho amasomo-GPA. Kuba ushoboye mu ishuri ntibisobanurwa no kuba utsinda amasomo gusa, bivuze ko hari n’ibindi waba ukora neza ku ishuri wigaho. Ese haba hari impeta z’ubutwari wahawe ku ishuri? Amasomo se waba ufata yihariye ? Ese ufite inyota yo kumenya? -Ubusabe bwawe bugomba kwerekana ko ufite inyota yo kumenya ndetse no guhangana n’abandi banyeshuri mu kwiga.

IBIREBANA N’INYANDIKO KU NGINGO RUNAKA (THE ESSAY)
Mu gihe usabwe gukora inyandiko ndende ni urubuga rwiza rwo kwerekana ibyo wagezeho mu buyobozi, mu kudatezuka ku nshingano ndetse n’ibyo wamariye umuryango. Muri iyi nyandiko kandi abatanga ubufasha banareba imyandikire yawe nko gukoresha ikibonezamvugo gikwiriye, imisusire ndetse n’inyunguramagambo zikwiriye. Ese ibitekerezo byawe bitondetse neza mu bika-Biba bisaba ko hari uwugukosorera inyandiko mbere yo kuyitanga. Biba byiza wifashishije umuntu uvuga icyongereza kavukire cg se umwarimu w’icyongereza. Ntuzasimbuke iki gice cyo kwandika mu gihe uri gusaba ubufasha kuko wasanga aricyo kigendeweho mu kuguha ubufasha. – Ugomba kwibuka ko gutanga ibimenyetso bifatika ari ingenzi. Tanga ingero zifatika zerekna ukuntu urusha abanda bari gusaba ubufasha.

KUGIRA UMUGAMBI USOBANUYE
Abatanga ubufasha bakunda kumva umuntu ufite imigambi isobanutse y’ibyo ateganya gukora ejo hazaza. Aha baba bashaka kumva nk’icyo ushaka kwiga, igihe uzamara ucyiga-uko ubasha kubisobanura neza niko bikurura ijishi ryabo. Biba byiza gusobanura uko uzahuza amasomo n’akazi. Nyuma yo gusobanura intumbero yawe, usobanura n’uko uteganya kwishyura ishuri ndetse ukanasohoza izindi nshingano.

ABAGUTANGIRA UBUHAMYA
Ni ngombwa gusaba umunntu ukuzi neza kwandika agutangira ubuhamya. Uwo muntu umuha umwirondoro wawe kugirango yandike akuzi neza ndetse abihuze nicyo wifuza gufashwamo. Biba byiza guha abagutangira ubuhamya umwanya uhagije wo kubyandika.Abarimu bagira umwanya mucye nibura ubaha ibyumweru bitatu ngo babashe kukwandikira ubuhamya.

GUTEGURA NEZA
Gutegura ni igice cy’ingenzi mu gusaba ubufasha. Bisa naho byaba bibangamye gutekereza ku bufasha mu gihe habura icyumweru kimwe ngo itariki ntarengwa igere. Hera uno munsi utegurira ubusabe bw’ubufasha uzaka mu mezi runaka ari imbere cg se umwaka utaha. Jya mu matsinda abigufashamo, tangira kuba umukoranabushake mu muryango, ndetse nubona aho basaba ubabera umuyobozi ubifate. Amatariki ntarengwa yo gusaba ubufasha usanga adahinduka ni byiza kuyandika ahantu ngo utayibagirwa. .

UMWANZURO
Kugera ku bufasha mu kwiga ushaka bisaba akazi karekare, kureba kure.Tangira uyu munsi ubone uko wubaka ubusabe butajegajega.Ujye wibuka ko umwanzuro wo kubona ubufasha uzaba hagati yawe n’undi wasabye-bityo kora iyo bwabaga uzamurushe. Fata iyi nyandiko uyisome maze wicare hasi n’inshuti yawe cg se ukugira inama ubashe guhitamo ubufasha mu burezi ukeneye ubundi ubusabe.

LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS PROSPERITYME Deadline: March 1 https://www.prosperityme.org/scholarships ProsperityME will award scholarships of up to $5,000 per school year ($10,000 maximum per student). To be eligible, candidates must Not be eligible for federal financial aid, must live in the state of Maine, sustain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, plan to enroll or currently are enrolled in a Maine college or university and demonstrate financial need. For more information, contact Byron Bartlett – [email protected]

MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/ Maine Community Foundation scholarships provide financial assistance for Maine residents attending accredited colleges, universities, technical and career schools. Some funds also support students attending private high schools, camps, and experiential learning programs. For more information, contact Liz Fickett – [email protected]

Maine Community Foundation Adult Learner Scholarship https://www.mainecf.org/find-a-scholarship/available-scholarships/for-adult-learners/ If you are an adult returning to school, the Adult Learner Scholarship is specifically aimed at supporting you. Applicants may be enrolled full time or part time. For more information, contact Cherie Galyean – [email protected]. Maine Community Foundation – Short-term credential award – up to $1,500 Application Deadline: 1st of each month for short-term credential awards. The short-term award will have a rolling deadline of the 1st of each month. Applicants are eligible for a short-term award if the program lasts less than a full semester. See web site for more criteria.

Maine Community Foundation – Long-term scholarship award – $1,500 – $5,000 Application Deadlines: June 15 and November 15. This award is renewable. Applicants are eligible for a long-term award if the program will last more than a full semester. See web site for more criteria.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR MAINE IMMIGRANTS http://smischolarships.org/smi-scholarship-application/ Applications must be received at least two weeks before your class or program begins. This scholarship helps build language & professional skills for higher education. See requirements on web site.

COMPETITIVE SKILLS SCHOLARSHIP – MAINE CAREER CENTER https://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml This scholarship helps workers learn new skills. If you are eligible, you can receive up to $6,000 per year for a full-time student and $3,000 per year for a part-time student. You can qualify for a grant each year you remain in your training program. Visit the web site to see a list of job skills that qualify for the grant. Check with the Career Center to see if it is an open application period.

UNITIL SCHOLARSHIP FUND https://unitil.com/our-community/unitil-scholarship-fund Deadline: April 2 For high school students who plan to pursue degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Six $5,000 scholarships awarded to students who live in and attend high school in one of Unitil’s service territories. See web site for list.

JACK KENT COOKE FOUNDATION These scholarships are very competitive. Only for the highest achievers. Cooke Young Scholars Program Deadline: March 22, 2021 https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/young-scholars-program/ The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective five-year, pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. It provides comprehensive academic and college advising, as well as financial support for school, Cooke-sponsored summer programs, internships, and other learning enrichment opportunities.

Cooke College Scholarship Deadline: October 30, 2020 https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/apply-now-2021-college-scholarship/ The College Scholarship awards up to $40,000 per year for four years of undergraduate study to complete their bachelor’s degree. The application is available exclusively via the Common App’s online platform.

Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship Deadline: Early January 2022 https://www.jkcf.org/our-stories/apply-2021-transfer-scholarship The Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awards community college students with up to $40,000 per year for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s degree making it among the largest private scholarships for community college transfer students in the country.

SCHOLARSHIPS THROUGH LOCAL COLLEGES All colleges offer scholarships. On your first day of school, ask the admissions counselor or your advisor about available scholarships.

SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (SMCC) https://www.smccme.edu/admissions-aid/scholarships/ The SMCC Foundation administers a variety of scholarships with a range of criteria from financial need to academic merit. The application process is simple: one form to apply for all foundation scholarships you qualify for. Deadline is the end of August and are usually awarded in October or November.

SMCC – Path to Graduation Path to Graduation (P2G) P2G is designed to help first-year college students plan for success and achieve their goals. The program helps new college students connect with their peers and offers one-to-one guidance. https://www.smccme.edu/academics/success-programs/p2g/

TRIO Student Support Services provides support for low-income, first-generation or disabled students from the first day of college through graduation. Supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the program provides individualized advising, peer mentoring and other support services aimed at student success. Trio is also offered at USM. https://www.smccme.edu/academics/success-programs/trio/ Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is The Official Honor Society for Two-year Colleges. If you are in the honor society at SMCC, joining Phi Theta Kappa is strongly recommended. PTK offers its own scholarships and showing you are a member is beneficial when applying to a four-year college. https://www.ptk.org

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE (USM) The Promise Scholarship Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are being accepted through March 15th. https://usm.maine.edu/scholarships/promise-scholarship The Promise Scholarship program is designed to help Maine students overcome financial and academic barriers, remain in school, and graduate in four years with less debt, prepared to make their own contributions to Maine’s social and economic well-being. The Promise Scholarship serves as a “top-off” award to ensure 100% of USM tuition and fees are covered for up to four years. The program generally accepts a cohort of up to 25 students. For more information, please contact Daniel Barton at 207-780-4199 or [email protected]

Osher Re-entry Scholarship https://usm.maine.edu/scholarships/re-entry-scholarship-programs For students who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of 5 or more years. Not to exceed $5,000 per student, per award cycle (12 months) and are to be applied to tuition exclusively.

COLLEGES IN UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM – ADULT DEGREE SCHOLARSHIPS https://ums-scholarship.fluidreview.com The Adult Degree Completion Scholarship fund supports students returning to school to complete their academic studies.

The Opening Doors Scholarship offers assistance to newly enrolled students pursuing their degree or workforce credential.

The Senior Citizens Waiver offers tuition and Board approved mandatory fees for students 65 years of age or older who register for undergraduate courses on a credit or audit basis at any university of the University of Maine System.

HUSSON UNIVERSITY https://www.husson.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/ UNIVERSITY OF MAINE https://go.umaine.edu/apply/scholarships UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND https://www.une.edu/sfs/undergraduate/financing-your-education/grants-and-scholarships About the author: Liz Harvey is a Writing Tutor at Southern Maine Community College. She is also a Scholarship Reader for the Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.