Below are some common scholarship essay questions. You can use these as a great starting point for a personal statement. Some of these essay questions are used in the Maricopa Scholarship Database.
- What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?
- Explain why you need financial assistance.
- Describe your academic and career goals and your plans to achieve them and discuss any of your extracurricular/volunteer activities (both on and off campus) that you may perform.
- Describe an event in which you took a leadership role and what you learned about yourself.
This is a sample essay to help guide you when you are writing essays for scholarships. Keep in mind that all scholarship applications are different, so you may have to design your essay to meet those specific requirements.
(State an overview of what you are going to talk about in the essay. If the essay is about you, give a brief description of your experiences, goals, aspirations, family background, etc. Touch on why you want the scholarship.)
For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have been responsible for the care and feeding of pets ever since I was in the second grade. In high school, I participated in the 4-H club as well as the Junior Humane society. To reach my goals, I realize that I must pursue an eight year college education which will begin with the Fall 2010 semester. I am very excited about my future and feel that with the opportunity your scholarship will provide, I can help many animals.
Paragraph II & III
(Go into more detail on one of the topics listed in paragraph I. For example, elaborate on your previous experiences, family and financial situation, volunteer work, employment, academic career, future goals, college plans, etc.)
My love for animals has been encouraged by my family and friends. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the local animal shelter and provide basic care to the stray animals. With the help of my biology teacher, I was able to start a 4-H club on campus. Many of the other students on campus developed an interest in the animals and now our club has 100 members. My family also has many animals for which I provide care, including basic needs as well as first aid. I find that I enjoy that aspect of pet ownership best. Unfortunately, my family cannot afford to pay for my entire education, so I hope to use my skills and love of animals to help me pay for college.
(Conclude your essay with a wrap-up of why you should be considered for the scholarship; how do your goals match those of the organization, etc.)
Your organization stands for what I believe in. Like your organization, I hope to help animals for the rest of my life. To reach my goals, I need as much help as possible. I already have the moral support of my family and friends, but that is not quite enough to make my dream come true. I hope that your organization can help me reach this dream by awarding me your scholarship.
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ACING YOUR APPLICATION ESSAYS: TIPS FROM THE DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
We have all been there. Staring at a blank page, willing words to come forth and fill the empty space, wishing you could fast forward to the part in your story when you have a masterpiece in your hands—clear, concise and ready to deliver. Such is the nature of writing. The process can be even more daunting if you are writing an essay that may be the deciding factor as to whether or not you get into that amazing university you’ve been dreaming about for months (also known as APU).
If that’s what you’re going through, don’t worry. We have you covered. We had a chat with Prof. Yuichi Kondo, Dean of Admissions at APU, and asked for some tips on how to write the perfect essay. While the real magic comes from your own blend of personality, here are some pointers that will get you started in the right direction.
HOW TO MAKE A GOOD IMPRESSION
The admissions committee uses your essays as a tool to gauge your academic ability and perspective, and from there, predict your potential for success. Here is how you can impress them:
BE CLEAR AND CONCISE
In your application to APU, you only have up to 150 words for each essay question, which translates to just a few minutes to impress the admission committee as they read your application. The best strategy is to get straight to the point. In writing about your personal experiences, be as eloquent as possible. The more clearly you paint the details, the easier it is for people to imagine themselves in your situation.
A grammatically correct and well-structured essay suggests your effort. While it may seem obvious, check all the spelling and grammar. If you use data and statistics, make sure they are correct and up-to-date. Start early to have enough time to go over your essays a few times and even have your family, teachers and friends proofread it for you. Remember there is a difference between asking them to proofread and asking them to write the essays for you.
HOW TO MAKE YOURSELF STAND OUT
APU is devoted to the cultivation of future global leaders, who are not only intellectually curious but also self-motivated and hold a strong sense of responsibility towards others. Making a good impression is the beginning, but distinguishing yourself from other applicants is the next step. Points to consider are:
In discussing social or economic issues, it is better to write essays that make a bold statement. It is fine to be controversial as long as you provide strong reasons for your view while considering other perspectives. Education thrives on the difference of opinions and as educational entities, universities value diversity in individuals and perspectives.
In discussing your future goals, be specific on what actions you will take to reach them. Students with concrete and convincing plans are believed to hold the seeds for success. In writing the essay for the APU Tuition Reduction Scholarship, discuss how you will contribute to the APU community in return for the university’s investment on you. At APU, scholarships are awarded primarily on merit. Students who can showcase their future plans through unique yet feasible steps will give themselves a great advantage.
Presenting yourself honestly as who you are is your best bet in the admission process. You don’t need to try to be the person that you imagine we want you to be. Before you write your essays, list out your personality traits, strengths and weaknesses, ask your family and friends what they think about you. Mention those where you can in your essays. The better the admissions committee gets to know you as a person, the easier they can picture what it is like to have you in their college community.
You should now be ready to get started on that essay that will get you into APU. The next step would be to access the APU online application system or download the application form.
If you have an experience to share or further questions to ask, you can post at our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Ritsumeikan.APU or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to reading your essays!