Scholarships Booklet - page 9

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Scholarship essays
• The
general essay
is required for all VSAC-assisted scholarships in this booklet
and must include
all
four focus areas below.
Scholarship descriptions sometimes ask you to include specific information
in your general essay; be sure to read each scholarship description carefully to
ensure that you provide the information requested.
• The
scholarship-specific essay
is required only if you are applying for
the SAMARA scholarship.
• Each essay must be written by the applicant and be labeled like the
sample provided on the right.
• Unlabeled essays will prevent you from being considered for one or
more scholarships.
The format of our essays is not traditional; however, scholarship committees find it
useful to have each focus area broken out.
These essays are your opportunity to speak directly to the scholarship committee(s).
Responses should be concise, but should reflect your style and personality.
_________________
Applicant’s name
(first, last, MI)
_______________
Social Security number
1
GENERAL ESSAY
(minimum 250 words)
2
SCHOLARSHIP-SPECIFIC
ESSAY — SAMARA
(minimum 250 words)
ESSAY # ESSAY NAME
ESSAY CONTENT
Focus on commitment/goals:
• Describe your interest in and commitment to the career or program of study you have
chosen to pursue. Include one or more experiences in your life that helped you decide
to pursue your chosen career or program.
• Explain how completing the particular program you have chosen will enhance your
career/vocation and/or increase your opportunities for future success/employment.
• Describe your short- and long-term academic, career, and/or employment goals. Include
where you hope to live and work once you have completed your educational program.
Focus on financial need:
• Address any family or financial information and/or circumstances that have an impact
on your ability to pay for college.
• Describe any financial barriers or obstacles that limit your access to education after
high school.
Focus on community service:
• Describe the impact that your (and/or your parents’) participation in community service
has had on your life.
Focus on uniqueness:
• Describe what you believe might distinguish your application from others submitted.
• Include experiences that have contributed to your personal growth, as well as any
hardships and/or challenges you have faced and overcome.
• If applicable, talk about what it means to you to be a first-generation college-bound
student (neither parent has earned a four-year college degree).
• Include any special awards or honors you have received, as well as any extracurricular
activities, groups, or performances in which you have been involved.
If you listed SAMARA as one of the scholarships for which you are applying, describe how
your interests and activities relate to the Samara Foundation of Vermont scholarship objective:
“To demonstrate, through significant personal growth, public commitment, and activism, a
dedication to the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.”
ESSAY #1: GENERAL ESSAY
Commitment/Goals
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Financial Need
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Community Service
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Uniqueness
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