Arguably the most important part of applying for a scholarship is the essay. Your essay is your opportunity to really give the scholarship organization an idea of who you are, and tell them exactly why you are the person who most deserves their scholarship. Here are 5 tips to avoid on your scholarship essay:
1. Procrastination – Many students believe that they “work best under pressure,” but no one is at his or her best when rushed and stressed. Make sure you start your application early, giving yourself plenty of time to brainstorm ideas. It’s generally a good idea to use school breaks to write your essays, so you’re not also juggling homework, sports, and extracurriculars.
2. Not knowing your audience - Take some time to get to know the organization that sponsoring each of the scholarships to which you are applying. Research their vision, history, and programs, and think about how you can make your essay appeal to their missions. Also, remember that there are actual people reading your essay, with the ability to recognize sincerity. Appeal to their sensibilities and try to give them a real idea of who you are.
3. Unnatural writing - It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying too hard. Make sure you write in your own voice, and try to avoid “thesaurus words.” Admissions committees can tell when you are writing in your own voice—it will feel more natural and comfortable. Not to mention it will be easier to write!
4. Uncreative topics - Remember that the admissions committee will read hundreds of essays every year, often about many of the same topics. Try to make your essay stand out by picking a topic that is unique and interesting. One helpful tip is to search for “popular scholarship essay topics”…and then avoid those like the plague!
5. Humility - Generally speaking, we are raised to be modest, and it can feel unnatural and uncomfortable to talk about ourselves. However, a scholarship application requires you to talk about yourself and your achievements frankly and honestly. Admissions committees want to hear about what you’ve achieved, so don’t downplay what you’ve done for fear of boasting.
The Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders scholarship is open to those pursuing pre-law, paralegal studies or a juris doctorate with any concentration in law. To apply for this scholarship you must mail or email a 500 word essay on how you plan to impact your community through your legal work along with your valid transcript, and an official document from your school that states acceptance or enrollment in an accredited college or university.
You must also meet the following requirements:
- Be a US citizen
- Obtain at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
- Attend an accredited college or university full time or intend to with the acceptance of entrance into your choice institution
Console and Hollawell have been personal injury trial attorneys throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1994.
Eligible students must apply before July 15th and will be notified on the winner around August 15th. You can find more information on the Console and Hollawell Legal Leaders Scholarship here.
Twice a year MyProjectorLamps.com holds a scholarship competition for eligible students to have a shot at winning $500. To apply for this award students must submit a one page essay based upon the following topic as outlined by the MyProjectorLamps Australia Scholarship:
“Your ideas about the use of multimedia and data visualization in K-12 classrooms. Explore modern teaching methods and propose specific ideas for visual and interactive presentation in K-12 classrooms for improved knowledge retention.”
To be eligible, students must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Currently attending an accredited Australian high school, college or university program
- Be a high school senior or college/university undergraduate student
- Have “good standing” at the educational institution you attend
- Have a 3.0 (out of 4.0) cumulative GPA
Individuals must type then mail their essay and transcript to the address listed in the scholarship details. Find more information on the MyProjectorLamps Australia scholarship and how to apply here.
Another one of our readers wanted to know about financial aid in Norway. Although by law, education is free for anyone living in Norway, Norway is expensive. The living cost in Norway is higher than most of the rest of the developed world. For this reason, students must plan well in order to manage their living costs. They can work part-time up to 20 hours per week, but in many cases this may prove to be insufficient. If this is the case, there are several financial aid and scholarship options available for international students studying in Norway.
However, the competition for these scholarships and financial aid is high. Acceptance for aid in Norway depends on the student’s academic background, the country in which they reside, and the course they study.
There are national programs offered by the Norwegian government, as well as various other programs offered by both private and non-profit organizations to provide scholarships and other types of funding for international students to help support their studies and stay in Norway. The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is a public administrative body under the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway that promotes international cooperation in education and research and administrates several programs under which international students are eligible for financial support.
We previously announced the InternationalStudent.com Essay Contest that was open for international students around the world to enter into to share their story and have a chance at one of the top three prizes: $200, $75 or $25.
The judges at InternationalStudent.com spent the month of September narrowing down each international student essay to find the essay contest winners. On September 19th the top six finalists were announced to be the following individuals:
- Sofia Camacho
- Atajan Abdyyev
- Simone Lim
- Eshul Rayhan
- Milan Djurasovic
- Maan AlBani
Today InternationalStudent.com announced the top three essay contest winners and here they are:
1st Place ($200)- Milan Djurasovic
2nd Place ($75)- Sofia Camacho
3rd Place ($25)- Eshul Rayhan
Read each of the finalist and top winning essays for an inside look at what it’s like to be an international student.
One of our readers asked us to do a special piece on financial aid in Ireland, and we thought – what a great idea. After all, many international students studying in Ireland find that they cannot do so without some form of financial assistance. If this is the case, there are several financial aid options for these students. We’ve compiled a short list of the types of financial aid in Ireland.
A limited number of scholarships for international students are available from the universities and colleges themselves. These scholarships are awarded solely at the discretion of the individual institutions that set down their own criteria for eligibility. To learn more about scholarships offered by your school, you are advised to contact the school directly. There are also scholarships available for other organizations – you can find a comprehensive list of available scholarships for study in Ireland on our Scholarship Search.
InternationalStudent.com has launched their 8th Annual Travel Video Contest! Like in past years- the contest is open to students who would like to study outside their home country, as well as to students who are already studying abroad and would like to take a trip.
Eligible individuals can enter their short video into the contest from September 3rd through October 23rd. The finalists will be announced the week of October 28th and the winners will be announced the last day of International Education Week: November 15th.
One grand prize winner will receive $4,000 toward their travels abroad along with their very own blog to document the trip on InternationalStudent.com! Keep in mind that judges want to hear about more than where you want to go and why you need the financial help to get there. To be the 8th InternationalStudent.com Travel Video Contest winner you will need to tell your story in such a creative and original way that it’ll make the judges want to watch your video on repeat! Just keep in mind that your video must be less than 5 minutes and you must be over the age of 18. Read the rest of this entry »
Thirty students planning to attend the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University have the chance to receive a merit scholarship ranging from $2,000 to $8,000 annually. International students from around the world who will be studying the arts, visual & performing at AIB are able to apply for this award by submitting the following along with their artistic portfolio after being accepted:
- Three letters of recommendation
- A creative assignment
- The school’s financial aid application Read the rest of this entry »
Are you an internatinal student that is up for a challenge? If so, the DO School has one for you! 20 fellows will be chosen by the DO School, those fellows will then compete in a challenge to create a sustainable to-go cup system and campaign. This challenge is to help come up with a solution to the millions of paper and plastic cups that are disposed of every day. Before being able to compete in the challenge, fellows will participate in the challenge lab where they will learn more about the impact of materials and packaging, recycling systems along with branding and campaigning.
International students around the world between the ages of 21 and 28 are able to apply for this fellowship before September 15th. Chosen fellows will have their DO School tuition cost for the one year program covered along with the ten-week incubation phase.
This challenge is through the collaboration of the DO School, New York City’s Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability along with content support from American Friends of Bucerius and PLASTICITY. Support comes from Newman’s Own Foundation and the Dekeyser&Friends Foundation.
You can find more information on the Sustainable Cup Challenge here.
In 1996 a group of women in pursuit of their MBA completed a project called “Changing the Shape of Business,” this project sparked the efforts to create a scholarship that would assist women who want to pursue their MBA but do not have the funds. The scholarship was then created by IMD with the support and financial funding from Nestle to grant one individual CHF 25,000.
The Nestle Scholarship is open annually to women around the world who are pursuing their MBA at IMD. Each candidates who applies will be evaluated by the IMD MBA Scholarship Committee and one award will be granted to an eligible individual who has been accepted into the IMD MBA program, has a financial need for assistance and submits a 750-word essay based upon the following: “Does Diversity in Management Impact the Bottom Line? If so, how?”