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  Writing an Essay Pamphlet for tips.

Once you have an essay, come into the Scholarship Review Center at Sparks 251 for an Essay Review Session. Come in Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and from 3:15 pm to 5:15 pm.

Please have your essay ready to be review.