College Guidance

Common Scholarship Essay Questions

Typical Scholarship Essays

In 200 words or less, tell us how this scholarship will help you achieve your educational and occupational goals. What influenced your career decisions?

In 350 words or less, briefly describe why you want to attend our university and why you would like to be considered as a recipient of this scholarship.

Explain the difference between potential and realized ability.

Explain how current events have affected your life in the present and future.

Which extra-curricular activity have you found to be the most meaningful to you and why?

What is the most challenging obstacle you have faced and how did you overcome it?

Why is community service important?  What role do volunteers play in the community?

Explain how specific community service activities you have been involved in have impacted your life.

What distinguishes you from others and sets you apart? 

What is unique about your financial need?

What is your definition of a true hero?

In your opinion, what elements of a person's character define integrity?  In 200 words or less, provide a personal experience in which you believe you have demonstrated integrity.

In 500 words or less, answer the following:  If you could have dinner with one figure form American history, who would you choose and why?  What issues would you discuss?