Scholarship Application and Essay Tips — Community Foundation

Interested in improving your college application portfolio? Thinking about how to represent your personal accomplishments and professional goals in an essay? Wondering what university committee members and administrators look for in effective scholarship application essays? In this week-long summer workshop, you will talk with University of Mississippi faculty, staff, and administrators about personal writing in academic contexts. You will also receive training in how to craft personal essays that may be used in a variety of academic contexts, from scholarship application letters to college application essays.

The essay: It’s the most important part of your scholarship application, and it can be the hardest.
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Your essay is the key to your scholarship application. It is an opportunity to demonstrate to the selection committee that you are a well-rounded individual, that you are more than your GPA, that you are a strong writer, and it gives you a chance to talk about your experiences and qualifications in greater detail than what appears on your or transcripts.


Scholarship Application and Essay Tips

Would you like your kid to write just one fantastic scholarship application essay — and use the same one over and over again?!
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On the Application form, there are 15 demographic questions and three "Profile Questions." Several of the demographic questions are required and marked with an asterisk, but all questions are important. We recommend you do not leave any blank. Your profile responses (or "essays") will be processed by scholarship committees to find eligible recipients. Each essay is limited to 2000 characters (including spaces) answering the following profile questions: