- It must stand out catching the attention and interest of the reader.
- Do not be afraid to be personal because this essay is your story, not a glorified résumé.
- Include adjectives and at least two of the five senses with specific details and descriptions.
- Never start the essay with, “Hello my name is ___________.”
- Describe your family being very specific: ethnic background, country origins, gender, number of siblings, parent(s) educational background.
- Include any special circumstances such as: single parent home, illness, death, disability of a family member.
- Choose only one of your most challenging obstacles.
- Describe the obstacle and the character lessons learned from this obstacle.
- How has this obstacle has made you a stronger, better person and more determined in direction, purpose, and plan for your life.
- How will this obstacle help you to become the successful person you want to become in the future.
- Choose two or three community service activities to describe. This is not just a list.
- What was your commitment? What was your leadership role?
- How did you make a difference?
- Relate a personal experience or story.
- Your community service should match your life interest and career goals.
- How can you serve and make a difference in the lives of others through your life interest and career goals?
- How and where will you prepare for your life calling, interest, and vocation?
- Why do you need the scholarship?
- Describe in detail any special circumstances.
- The last sentence should be a clincher, a strong statement showing determination and strength.
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