Presidential Scholarship Essay Ideas

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Briefly Describe your Financial Need for this Scholarship
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How Will This Scholarship Help Me Attain My Career Goal?
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Tell Us About Your Need For This Scholarship
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What Does this Scholarship Mean to You?
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State Your Need for Financial Aid
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What are your career goals, and how will this scholarship help?
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What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achi...
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Personal Statement
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Provide a Personal Statement to the Scholarship Committee
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Before he became America's 40th President, Ronald Reagan pursued leadership roles to inspire and ...
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Discuss your involvement in and contributions to a community near your home, school or elsewhere....
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Statement of Grant Purpose
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Who has been the most influential person in your life?
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In 600 words or less, please tell us about yourself and why you are applying for this scholarship...
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Please describe your experience with diversity and your commitment to bring diverse groups togeth...
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Research Proposal
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Narrative Autobiography
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Opening Statement
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Personal Statement
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Propose Academic Program for Study
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Describe something or someone that made a lasting impression on you and your life and why
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Propose Academic Program for Study
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Personal Statement
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Personal Statement
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Tell us a story that helps us better understand a person, place, or thing you find inspiring
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Project Proposal
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Discuss the subjects in which you excel or have excelled. To what factors do you attribute your s...
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Every year, companies, non-profits, charities, churches and clubs award about $6 billion in private scholarships to undergraduates.

But many students fail to apply because they get stumped by the essay requirements, while those that do decide to submit often recycle a familiar theme—”here’s why I need the money.” But everybody who’s applying needs money.

The more likely path to reward, judges say, is to demonstrate why you’ll be a good investment of their scholarship dollars. Three topics that can give you that edge:

1. What you love and why. Do you love your dog? Your church? Basketball? Your shoes? Great! There’s your topic! But scholarship providers want to know why you love something, not just that you do. An ability to analyze the whys and wherefores of your own likes and dislikes is an indication that you’ll do well in life. There’s nothing too mundane, as long as you’re passionate about it. Says Amy Murphy, who oversees 35 different scholarship programs worth more than $1.3 million through the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation: “One of the best essays that crossed my desk was about a student’s shoes—where they had been, what messes they had gotten into and out of, how they supported the student as troubles were averted and successes achieved.”

2. How you recovered from a mistake, challenge or disappointment. “We’re looking for qualities like persistence, determination, optimism and a maturity of decision making,” explains Oscar Sweeten-Lopez who runs the Dell Scholars Program, which awards 300 scholarships of up to $20,000 each year. “Since college life brings new challenges and adversities, students need to demonstrate self-determination to succeed.” So tell them about a time when you faced a challenge and carried on. Did you make a mistake? Write about what you did, how you took responsibility for your actions, and what you learned. Did you fail at something? What happened, and how did you recover from that? Were problems at home hurting your ability to succeed in school? What were they, and how did you handle them?

3. Your family history. “Many students limit their scholarship essays to what they want to study, their income level or their ethnicity, completely missing out on other opportunities,” says Kim Stezala, a scholarship coach. Instead, she suggests students ask relatives about military service, clubs they belong to, or causes they have been active in. What you learn can serve as a winning essay topic. Students who can show that they can think broadly, and see themselves as a part of a bigger history, are demonstrating critical thinking skills needed to succeed.

Amy Weinstein is an expert on private scholarships and directs the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).

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