Samples: • What do you consider to be the single most important societal problem? • If you had the authority to change your school in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?
• Pick a controversial problem on college campuses and suggest a solution.
To learn more about you, some scholarship committees will ask you to write about your background and major influences.
Samples: • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.
The essay: It’s the most important part of your scholarship application, and it can be the hardest. Take a look at some commonly asked essay questions and use them to prepare for your scholarship applications.
Brainstorm ideas, do some research or create your own “stock” of scholarship essays.• What are the most important issues your field is facing today?To test your skills at problem-solving and check how up to date you are on current issues, many scholarship applications include questions about problems and issues facing society.Start brainstorming now, and you may find yourself a winner!Using a previous scholarship essay contest we hosted, where our judges received more than 4,000 essays, we noticed some frequent mistakes students make that can instantly disqualify you from an essay contest.• State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.• How have you been financing your college education?Samples: • How will your study of _______ contribute to your immediate or long range career plans? • Explain the importance of (your major) in today’s society.• What do you think the industry of _______ will be like in the next 10 years?Here's one of the essays we received for a previous scholarship contest, to help you learn the do's and don'ts of essay writing: “To be able to hold onto your money you have to know how to manage it. As teenagers we often have no idea how to manage money and we end up wasting a lot of it.But in a bad economy most of us have had a crash course in what happens when you don’t manage your money properly.