Below are some common scholarship essay questions. You can use these as a great starting point for a pesonal statement. Some of these essay questions are used in the Maricopa Scholarship Database.
- What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?
- Explain why you need financial assistance.
- Describe your academic and career goals and your plans to achieve them and discuss any of your extracurricular/volunteer activities (both on and off campus) that you may perform.
- Describe an event in which you took a leadership role and what you learned about yourself.
This is a sample essay to help guide you when you are writing essays for scholarships. Keep in mind that all scholarship applications are different, so you may have to design your essay to meet those specific requirements.
(State an overview of what you are going to talk about in the essay. If the essay is about you, give a brief description of your experiences, goals, aspirations, family background, etc. Touch on why you want the scholarship.)
For as long as I could remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have been responsible for the care and feeding of pets ever since I was in the second grade. In high school, I participated in the 4-H club as well as the Junior Humane society. To reach my goals, I realize that I must pursue an eight year college education which will begin with the Fall 2010 semester. I am very excited about my future and feel that with the opportunity your scholarship will provide, I can help many animals.
Paragraph II & III
(Go into more detail on one of the topics listed in paragraph I. For example, elaborate on your previous experiences, family and financial situation, volunteer work, employment, academic career, future goals, college plans, etc.)
My love for animals has been encouraged by my family and friends. I have had the opportunity to volunteer with the local animal shelter and provide basic care to the stray animals. With the help of my biology teacher, I was able to start a 4-H club on campus. Many of the other students on campus developed an interest in the animals and now our club has 100 members. My family also has many animals for which I provide care, including basic needs as well as first aid. I find that I enjoy that aspect of pet ownership best. Unfortunately, my family cannot afford to pay for my entire education, so I hope to use my skills and love of animals to help me pay for college.
(Conclude your essay with a wrap-up of why you should be considered for the scholarship; how do your goals match those of the organization, etc.)
Your organization stands for what I believe in. Like your organization, I hope to help animals for the rest of my life. To reach my goals, I need as much help as possible. I already have the moral support of my family and friends, but that is not quite enough to make my dream come true. I hope that your organization can help me reach this dream by awarding me your scholarship.
There is no denying in the fact that education helps a child in gathering a better perspective about his life. Education is the foundation on which the learning process of their entire life depends and this also gives them the power to think better as well as set goals for themselves in the long run. Often we have heard people saying that they have made certain plans regarding their future as well as their life. Have you ever thought why exactly is it important for us to set goals or to plan things?? The truth is that planning as well as setting goals is the key to living a fruitful life. With plans that we have made for our future or goals that we have set, we have something to look forward to in life and it helps us in staying healthy both physically as well as mentally.
With the urge to achieve their set goals in life, people are often seen experimenting with new things so as to grow as well as prosper along with. A life where there are no goals and plans is merely a waste of time as well as resources. People who have no plans or goals to achieve lead a monotonous life where there is nothing to look forward to. Working hard for the purpose of achieving their goals takes out the monotony of an individual’s life.
Goals for the future gives us FOCUS
Living without a goal is like shooting an arrow without actually having any clue about the aim or target. An individual can have all the wealth as well as potential in the world but without focus and goal, they are simply leading a non- existent life where there is no zest for achieving new things. Until and unless you have a goal in your life, there is nothing to focus onto.
Goals that we set for the future also allow us to measure our progress with time. For instance, if you have set a goal to finish reading a book within a week, every time when you will read the book, you will have an idea about how many pages you have read so far, which is definitely a measure of your progress. On the other hand, if there is no such goal set, you may take an entire month to finish a book because there is nothing that is giving you the direction to complete this task. Setting goals for yourself is a great way of knowing how much you have achieved and how much is still there to go.
Motivation is yet another crucial benefit of setting a goal for your future. If you have decided on certain goals to achieve during your lifetime, it will provide you with the motivation to keep going in the right direction. Setting goals is similar to giving a foundation to your dreams. Goals add excitement and motivation into your monotonous life, hence making the entire journey worthwhile and encouraging for you.
- my goals for the future
- paragraph about future goals