Can anyone help with scholarship applications?

  1. I am a first semester junior nursing student in a BSN program and I have to write an essay on why I deserve scholarship money. I have never had to do this before and have no idea what the people who are going to read it will want to hear. I'm married with a small child and work about 15hrs a week in the Emergency Dept. of a Level I trauma center. Add school to this and I really don't have time for extracirricular activities. I would really appreciate your suggestions. Thanks!
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  3. by   Rileycat
    Scholarships have put me through school, so I know all about what you are going through. I dread writing the essays each semester! The scholarship forms I filled out stated what they wanted the essay to contain.

    My forms wanted me to talk about financial need, why I was deserving of the scholarship, and any volunteer work that I have done. I believe the people reading the essay would want you to talk from the heart. Give concrete reasons as to why you should get the scholarship, but put some feeling matter into it. Make them feel your need.

    Make sure your essays are typed (at least 12 font for easy reading), double space the essays, keep them one page in length, and make sure your spelling is correct. I save my essays on the computer so each semester I just touch them up a little.

    One more tip...apply for everything that you qualify for. I didn't receive nursing scholarships, but my tuition has been covered from a returning student scholarship for the past 5 semesters. The more you apply for, the better your chance at getting something. Good luck to you!

    [This message has been edited by Rileycat (edited February 12, 2001).]
  4. by   Elenaster
    Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I think I'll be able to write a decent essay and hopefully get some $$ so I don't rack up any more student loan debt. I appreciate your response!
  5. by   Rileycat
    I don't know about your state, but in IL we have funding from the Dept. of Public Health. They pay for your classes that pertain to a career in health as long as you work in the field for two years, and there is no cash to pay back. I'm not sure if I'm reporting this accurately, but I know one of my past classmates had her tuition paid by them. I'm sure you'll get your scholarships, but I figured I'd give you even more avenues to pursue. I would also recommend talking to someone in the Nursing Dept. at your school. They are often aware of health care scholarships being offered that the financial aid dept. doesn't know about. Once again...Good luck!
  6. by   Rileycat
    It's me again...

    I also wanted to mention that having a child probably increases your chance of getting some money. I know it makes a difference at my school
  7. by   Chaundra
    I have had to write a few letters and have found that mentioning that it is a real challenge balancing work school and family, and that any support they could give you would help lessen the burden. Mention your reason for being in school, to make a better life for you and your family or whatever your reason. I always add at the end of the letter that I appreciate whatever assistance you can give me and assure you that I intend to give my best effort to achieve the highest marks and greatest amount of learning.

    PS it worked, Ive had a few cheques come my way

    Good luck
  8. by   Rileycat
    Originally posted by Chaundra:
    I have had to write a few letters and have found that mentioning that it is a real challenge balancing work school and family, and that any support they could give you would help lessen the burden. Mention your reason for being in school, to make a better life for you and your family or whatever your reason. I always add at the end of the letter that I appreciate whatever assistance you can give me and assure you that I intend to give my best effort to achieve the highest marks and greatest amount of learning.

    PS it worked, Ive had a few cheques come my way

    Good luck
    Chaundra is right...her example of what to include in essays is right on target. The essays I've written and have received scholarships for included the same type of material. Follow her example and you'll be fine.



    [This message has been edited by Rileycat (edited February 13, 2001).]
  9. by   hollykate
    Another thing- the people who read these letters etc, like to see a definite plan/interest beyond. I want to be a nurse. You can say something like: My experiences with nurses during the birth of my child/surgery for whatever/placing my parent in SNF etc, fueled my interest in OB/OR/ or LTC whatever. If I recieve the grant, I plan to work as an L and D nurse and eventually practive as a neonatal NP. These guys are interested in what you will eventually give back (plan to give back) in the future. Plus, even if you aren't positive what you want to do, it will surely make you appear focused and organized. good Luck.
  10. by   Elenaster
    You guys have given me some great advice on what to include in the essay as well as some other avenues to persue. Thank you all so much!

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