Below are some common scholarship essay questions. You can use these as a great starting point for a pesonal 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.
In The Next Few Years…
In the next few years I will have conquered one of the most important goals I have ever set myself to achieve, which is to become a sports manager. In order for me to obtain this goal, I will have to do well in college, learn about being a sports manager, and real world experience will greatly come to aid. I will have to be completely focused if my targeted goal is to be completed.
First, I will have to the best-suited university for my goal to come to fruition. It will need to have m intended major. Also will have to be comfortable for my lifestyle. To ensure my acceptance I have to get the scores necessary to be considered to make this happen is for me to study hard and play around and risk losing my opportunity at my dream career. I have to approach my goal with nothing but the upmost focus. So that I wont be strayed away from my goal.
If all goes well, and I do get accepted into the university of my choosing, my next assignment will be learn as much as possible about being a sports manager. I must be ready to know what to expect in the work field besides going in not knowing anything at all. This will prevent me from making asinine decisions only due to my lack of knowledge in the field. Also it will improve the chances of me making a great first impression when I begin to work there. So the university will greatly teach and prepare me for what challenges lie ahead.
Nevertheless, the last venture I will be forced to take has to be to understand the real world. I know that everything coming up to this point would have helped me prepare for my future, but it is mandatory that I find a mentor. Lucky I already have found one; she is in the exact field I want to be in. She fully understands how the real world of being a sports manager actually is; her experience will be to the ultimate preparation to secure my goal. She will dramatically improve my chances to grasp my goal.
In the upcoming years, I will have task I must complete in order to achieve my goal. It is vital that all my endeavors are met. If not my most desired dream will become unattainable. So I will have to be determined like never before to become a sports manager. It will be a challenging mountain to climb, but I know can do it.