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  • Tips for Writing Your Scholarship Essay

    As part of the application process, all students must write a 500-word essay. The following tips may help in crafting an essay:

    • In the first section of your essay, provide some basic background information about yourself. (This should include your major and class year. Additional information could include living arrangements, job situations, awards, and extracurricular activities.)
    • In the next section of the essay, you should write specifically about your academic experiences at Worcester State University and why you believe that you are worthy to be considered for a scholarship. It is important to speak to more than just your financial need. Information about your course of studies, what brought you to Worcester State, and what you're getting out of your academic experience here are equally important factors for consideration. Remember, this is your chance for the scholarship committee to get to know you better. Do not be shy in sharing with the committee your goals, dreams, and accomplishments to date.
    • The final section of your essay should be a brief conclusion in which you thank the Scholarship Committee for considering your application.
    • Refer to the Writing an Effective Scholarship Essay Guide for additional help. 
    • Punctuation and grammar count! If your essay contains spelling and grammatical errors, it likely will be disqualified.

    Once you submit your application, two things will happen. First, you will be matched automatically with certain scholarships for which you meet the criteria based on the data in WSU's Colleague system and that require no additional information. Second, you will receive a list of recommended scholarships based on the information you provided on the application, which may require additional information (such as supplemental questions, a separate essay, or a letter of recommendation).

    To apply for these scholarships, complete the supplemental steps that will be presented to you when you click into the scholarship. Bear in mind that, in some cases, you will be asked to write 2 essays: the first on the general application and a second on the supplemental application. The committee does not look favorably on applicants who use the same essay on both forms.

    In addition to the automatic scholarships and those that are recommended, you may also choose to apply to any others on the site for which you think you are eligible. When choosing to apply to scholarships that you select from the list, consider these tips:

    • Read the scholarship criteria carefully and consider how you meet the criteria.
    • Read the scholarship donor profile carefully and mention relevant comparisons to your 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.