CONTEXT is everything: Judges take a holistic approach to evaluating applications. If you have ever failed at something, don’t worry! The judges tend to look more at what you did when confronted with failure than the failure itself. Learn more about community foundation board.
DON’T SUBMIT A PHONE BOOK: Weaker applicants often send more supplementary materials to compensate for their lack of credentials. So a lean file with excellent versions of all the required material is best. Please submit only what is required. We are constantly asked by parents, “how far back should I list his/her accomplishments?” First, this is YOUR (the student’s) scholarship; please take ownership. You should be filling out the application and asking the questions! (The answer is: very little before the eighth grade is relevant… it would need to be pretty spectacular.)
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TELLING YOUR STORY AND OVER-SHARING. As almost any college application advisor will tell you, the essay is your chance to personalize your file, turning it from a sterile collection of grade point averages to something with a beating heart. While almost any topic will work in the right hands, dwelling on your chronic medical conditions may not be best. Other less-than-optimal choices: poetry or how you cope with privilege.
THEY NEED TO FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU. The judges are looking at you as an investment in our community. They’re going to choose whom they like and whom they want to get to know. Your essay needs to convey a sense of who you are. Be prepared to answer the question, “why should we give you a scholarship?” The judges are not trying to be rude; they truly need to know!