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).]