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Writing the Scholarship Essay

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  1. Writing the Scholarship Essay Workshop Sponsored by the Writing and Reading Center

  2. Start Early: Writing takes time! Schedule your work week ! Make an appointment for tutoring. Class 4-7 Dinner with Joe!

  3. Find help on campus. • Financial Aid Office • Counseling Office • Julie Allsopp: Gift/Scholarship Specialist J2050/ jallsopp@jjc.edu JJC Scholarship Website: JJC Website Under “Services for Students Link Select “Paying For College” “Scholarships” http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/paying-for-college/financial-aid/scholarships/Pages/default.aspx Where to start your scholarship search

  4. HOW TO WRITE THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION AND ESSAY • Writing and Reading Center Provides: • Help with the scholarship essay • Assistance with application elaboration • Guidance in writing for a specific audience • Management of application structure • Assistance in developing Thank You letter Next Step: The Writing & Reading Center

  5. Personal statements should reveal what is not expressed in application, transcript, or recommendation letter. • Be sure to address all parts of the question. Follow what the question asks. • Be aware of length requirements and scope of your topic. • Tailor your work for specific audiences. Understand scholarship and sponsor Focus on personal qualities that identify with specified scholarship Consider SubjectandContent

  6. Quality candidates demonstrate: • Academic ability and achievement • Consistent or improved academic performance • Academic honors and special awards • Contributions to the community • Work experiences • Family responsibilities Committees Search For Quality Candidates

  7. Be focused • Avoid random thoughts • Create threads amid your accomplishments and overall goal • Does the essay truly reflect who you are? (Tone, voice, and subject) • Honesty is the best policy, not always: • Discuss certain life challenges and obstacles but omit certain personal issues that may be inappropriate • Developing your best persona • Refrain from over confidence and cockiness • Establish your accomplishments and best traits but also show an understanding of humility Keep In Mind

  8. Help with all steps of the writing and reading process including: • Outlining an essay • Developing a thesis • Creating effective introductions and conclusions • Organizing ideas • Incorporating quotes • Revising a draft • Working with sources • Help in all subjects—not just English! • One-on-one tutoring: • 30 minute sessions for writing. • 30-60 minute sessions for reading. • FREE for JJC students • JJC Website Under “Services for Students Link Select “Tutoring” “Writing and Reading Center” Benefits of the Writing and Reading Center Room 2001/J Building Call: (815) 280-2730 http://www.jjc.edu/services-for-students/Pages/JJC-Free-Tutoring-Services.aspx#writing