• State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.
• How have you been financing your college education?
Some scholarship applications will ask you to write about your major or field of study.
These questions are used to determine how well you know your area of specialization and why you’re interested in it.
Scholarship committees review many applications and may use the essays to differentiate applicants.
Because the large volume of applicants makes it impossible for the committees to interview each candidate, a coherent and interesting essay may be what distinguishes you from another candidate.
Some essay questions don’t seem directly related to your education, but committees use them to test your creativity and get a more well-rounded sense of your personality.
Samples: • Choose a person or persons you admire and explain why.
• What are the most important issues your field is facing today?
To test your skills at problem-solving and check how up to date you are on current issues, many scholarship applications include questions about problems and issues facing society.