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
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,
sponsor may have slightly different requirements than those listed here.
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 Ofice for an appointment to review
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
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
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
Example page 2)
Personal Statement / Essay
Example page 1 and 2
each sponsor may have
than those listed here, however, the following writing basics
guidelines to be used during
your scholarship applicants
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 asked.
Submit a clean
copy, ensure it is reviewed for correct grammar, spelling, and
Have someone (an Instructor, or English Lab Tutor etc.) review your essay
clarity, and grammar. Make sure your
paper addresses all the questions being asked.
Write your essay using slang,
texting, or inappropriate
NOT: Handwrite your essay/personal statement
Elaborate on how "broke" you are, or
how "badly" you need to pay rent, or that you
need to get your car
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.
To make an appointment
to discuss the essay process please contact the Scholarship
Specialist. We are
located in the
Financial Aid Office
(Building 300) at the Student Services Center.
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