Building Your Essay

Many scholarship applications require a personal essay or statement of purpose. Ideally your essay needs to be no longer than 500 words. The essay is usually the most important part of a scholarship application. Although good test scores, a high GPA, and a solid list of activities are vital, judges frequently give the most weight to the essay because it is your chance to let them know why you deserve money more than all the other qualified applicants. It is the window into who you are, your passions, and your potential for being a good match. It is a way of getting to know you without actually meeting you. The essay is how you stand out — or how you fall flat.

Look at our  Essay Do’s and Don’ts for tips.

Once you have an essay, come into the Scholarship Resource Center at Sparks 251 for an Essay Review Session on Tuesdays 11-3 and Wednesdays 1-3. Walk-ins are subject to availability. To schedule an appointment please stop by the Scholarship Resource Center Sparks Hall Room 251.

To submit your essay online please email in a Microsoft Word .doc format. Please allow 3-5 business days for a reviewed essay response.

Please have your essay proofread and ready to be review in a hard copy.