Guidelines for Writing Your Scholarship Essays
To submit an application, you must complete a 500-word essay. The following tips may help you write your essay:
- Your scholarship essay must be included with the online application. Handwritten essays are no longer excepted.
- Punctuation and grammar count! Applicants whose essays contain spelling and grammatical errors are generally disqualified.
- In the first section of your essay, state what scholarship you are applying for, and give some background information about yourself. (This should include your major and class year. Additional information could include living arrangements, job situations, and awards and extracurricular activities.)
- The next section of the essay explains how you meet the specific criteria of the scholarship for which you are applying. For example, if the scholarship is to be awarded to “a hard-working student with a GPA above 3.0 who has demonstrated perseverance,” give examples that show you possess those qualities. The final section of your essay should be a brief conclusion in which you thank the committee for its considerations.
- The final section of your essay should be a brief conclusion in which you thank the committee for its considerations.
Once you submit your application, the scholarship system should generate a list of recommended scholarships for you based on the information you provided on the application. To apply for these scholarships, you must submit a unique explanation about why you would be the most deserving recipient of a particular scholarship. We recommend you use the following tips when writing your explanation:
- Read the scholarship criteria carefully, and consider how you meet the criteria.
- Read the scholarship donor profile carefully, and mention relevant comparisons to yourself, personal circumstances, and aspirations.
- Be sure to note any special circumstances or characteristics that you believe make you uniquely qualified to receive a particular scholarship.