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ESSAY and PERSONAL STATEMENT

Each applicant must do his or her best when completing their scholarship package, this means completing the scholarship package must be done in detail.  In this section the essay/personal statement writing process will be reviewed and several guidelines provided to help each applicant.


Writing Rules:

A. ALWAYS follow the directions of the scholarship sponsor, this means that the all questions, writing requirements, and specific instructions provided by the sponsor must be followed.

B. WRITING FORMAT BASICS, each sponsor may have slightly different requirements than those listed here.

However, the following writing basics provide the general guidelines to be used during your writing process

First read the sponsors' Essay/Personal Statement requirements, ensure you understand exactly what the sponsor is asking you to do.  If you are unsure contact your Scholarship Office for an appointment to review the materials.

Second make sure you use the writing format and writing guidelines required by the sponsor when you type the Essay/Personal Statement, some of those guidelines may include the following:

bullet  Use plain white bond paper, 8 1/2 x 11

bullet  All margins 1" on each side (Unless otherwise designated by Sponsor)

bullet  On the First Page, place name First, MI., and Address in the upper Left-hand corner.  On

     the right side name place date.  (See Example page 1)

bullet  On the First page, Center Essay/Personal Statement Title (See Example "Center Title:" page 1)

bullet On the Second Page, place on the right side, your last name and page number on any additional pages  (See Example page 2)

C. WRITINGPROCESS, each sponsor may have different requirements than those listed here, however, the following writing basics provide the general guidelines to be used during your scholarship applicants process. Personal Statement / Essay Example page 1 and 2

DO'S:

bullet  DO: Create an outline, organize your writing around the questions being asked by the sponsor.

bullet  DO: Multiple drafts, make sure your answers are clear and that they answer the questions being asked.

bullet  DO: Submit a clean copy, ensure it is reviewed for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

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  DO: Have someone (an Instructor, or Writing Center) review your essay for neatness, clarity, and grammar. Make sure your paper addresses all the questions being asked.

DON'TS:

  DO NOT: Write your essay using slang, texting, or inappropriate language.

  DO NOT: Handwrite your essay/personal statement

  DO NOT: Elaborate on how "broke" you are, or how "badly" you need to pay rent, or that you need to get your car fixed....etc.

  DO NOT: Discuss how you are receiving social assistance

THERE ARE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SCHOLARSHIPS, IT IS YOURS BEST SCHOLARSHIP EFFORT THAT WILL GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE AN AWARD.

Make an appointment or discuss your essay with the Writing Center.

 Please contact the Scholarship Specialist if you have questions about your scholarship process. We are located in the Financial Aid Office (Building 300) at the Student Services Center.


 

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