Sales is a specialized aspect of business, and sales scholarships are not as common as those in general marketing or business.
But as any sales student knows, taking the initiative and having some determination is the key to success. Sales students also know that it just takes one ‘yes’ to make all the difference, and same goes for scholarship funding.
When you know where to look and what to look for, you’ll also have an edge over other sales students who are also looking for scholarship funding.
As a first step, you’ll want to narrow down your scholarship list to know exactly what to focus on.
Business and sales scholarships tend to be very niche specific, so you can start to narrow your list by creating a simple profile for yourself that includes your educational and career interests. Also include the industry you’re targeting for a career, as well as any special skills and academic merits.
The more specific you are during this step, the easier it will be to target very accessible scholarships for your type of sales.
The next step should be to search for foundations that are associated with well-known businesses in your field. Many corporations make donations and set up scholarship funding for students who plan to work in their industry: it just makes good business sense to do so.
Your college or university should be the first place you check for sales scholarships. Many students will check with the financial aid office first, but you should also check directly with the business department. Many times, each department will funding set aside for its own scholarship opportunities.
If you’re attending a university with a large business school, they are sure to sponsor scholarships. Many business schools reward outstanding sales or marketing students. For example:
As has previously been mentioned, private business and industry are great alternatives to university and college funding. Look especially closely at companies within your intended industry.
Also, don’t miss out on scholarships offered by the various professional associations and societies around the country. Almost every type of job or sales background is represented by an association that works to promote the welfare of their workers. Many national organizations have local and regional chapters, as well.
Here are a few examples: