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.
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:
● Use plain white bond paper, 8 1/2 x 11
● All margins 1" on
each side (Unless otherwise designated by Sponsor)
● 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)
● On the First page, Center Essay/Personal Statement Title (See Example "Center Title:" page 1)
On the Second Page, place on the right side, your
last name and page number on any additional pages (See
Example page 2)
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
● DO: Create an outline, organize your writing around the questions
being asked by the sponsor.
Multiple drafts, make sure your answers are clear and that they answer the questions being
Submit a clean copy, ensure it is reviewed for correct grammar, spelling, and
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.
● DO NOT:
Write your essay using slang, texting, or inappropriate
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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