Decide if you really want to apply for scholarships; 99.9% is in the effort of applying.
Donors, committee members, and reviewers just want to know if the applicant is truly
interested in winning scholarship funds. Of course, this will shine through in your
essay. So, focus before you write. For example, choose a technique and write your
first draft; write a short statement summarizing, what makes you unique? Read your
essay aloud to a friend, ask if your essay sounds enthusiastic or does it sound forced?
What stands out because it sounds good to you, underline and keep it. Eliminate phrases
that sound noncommittal; examine your use of the active and passive voice; consider
your conclusion. Does it add substance to your essay or merely restate what has already
been written? If your ending is weak, boring and unbelievable, revise it.
If your application is laden with misspellings and incomplete thoughts, it will create
doubts about your ability to present yourself in a professional manner as a college
student. Include all requested information.
Don't be modest. Show a pattern of initiative; Prove your excellence, community service
and leadership by mentioning all credentials, extra curricular activities and responsibilities.
Committee members and reviewers consider past behavior the best indicator of future
action. Finally, ask yourself how much information are you willing to disclose?
Focus on the special aspects of your financial situation. Some SMC Scholarships are
needs based. However, don't just say, "I need money!" Everybody does. Reviewers are
influenced by a compelling narrative. They also take into consideration students who
support themselves and their families on a limited income. Whatever the family situation,
don't be afraid to state the need.
This can make or break your application. Don't write about the overall picture of
health care, the importance of a degree, or how education makes you well rounded and
confident. Rather, say what you'll do with the degree; for example, explain your career
goals, i.e., a businessperson, educator in the inner city, or a nurse because you
believe that nurses provide cost-effective quality health care in a needy setting.
Set that goal and go for it!
An ideal reference letter should testify to unique traits, and accomplishments that
aren't easily apparent in your application. All letters of recommendation must be
on letterhead of the agency, school, business, or community organization you have