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Scholarship essays vary dramatically in subject. However, most of them require a recounting of personal experience. The most important aspect of your scholarship essay is the subject matter. You should expect to devote about 1-2 weeks simply to brainstorming ideas. To begin brainstorming subject ideas consider the following points. From brainstorming, you may find a subject you had not considered at first.
A personal statement provides the reader with a more personal overview of who you are. For example, it can include information about your background, challenges you have overcome, accomplishments, and future goals.
In addition to a resume and letters of recommendation, scholarship applications often require additional information about yourself, your future goals, or your thoughts on a certain issue. This information can be requested in the form of a cover letter, personal statement, essay, or answering specific questions listed on the scholarship application.
Another way to use a personal statement is to give it to a reference along with a resume. These two pieces of information are very helpful for the reference to organize their thoughts about you for your letter of recommendation.
The following is a general checklist to help you organize a draft of your personal statement. It is recommended that you write at least one paragraph for each of these points. Using this checklist will help you create an overall summary of who you are and your goals. You will customize your personal statement based on the job or scholarship criteria using sections of the summary that are applicable.
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