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There are many questions you may have regarding how to write a strong essay, or the best practices during the scholarship process


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  1. Best Practices:
    • Make sure that is saved in your email contact list to be sure you receive emails concerning your application.
    • Recommendation Form – Make sure you find someone to complete the form and provide them with as much time as possible.  Make sure they agree to do it on time and please confirm their email and contact information that you provide to us
    • Review ALL the information in your application carefully and remember to have someone else read it.  Note that once you click on the Legal Agreement within your the application, you will not be able to make any further revisions to your essays.
    • Keep track of your supporting documents and application status by logging into your online account
    • Mark deadline in your calendar. Some scholarship programs have different deadlines so it’s very important to keep track of them!
    • Time!  Time!  Allow enough time!  Don't wait until the last minute!

    Best of Luck to you!

  2. Essay Tips:

    Grades and Activities
    A good applicant is not only the student with a 4.0 GPA. An individual with a 4.0 GPA who isn’t involved in any extracurricular activities (sports, community service, extracurricular or volunteer activities) is not the strongest applicant. In contrast, a student with a 3.0 GPA, who has taken honors or advanced courses and been involved in extracurricular and/or volunteer activities, is considered a more competitive applicant. This individual is well rounded and demonstrates experiences that have contributed to his/her growth. Many scholarship programs, including HSF, seek applicants who have both a strong academic background and a range of activities to which they are dedicated.

    The Essay
    Your personal essay is a critical part of the scholarship application. The essay requires you to answer a specific set of questions.  You will be evaluated on your responses that are scored according length, content, use of examples, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation. Lets breakit down:

    Use the maximum number of words allowed for each essay. We understand it may not be the exact number, but if you are allowed 600 words, please try to use them.  The space will allow you to provide good examples and a solid response to your essay question.

    Focus.Make sure you answer the question that is asked. If you write a good essay but never answer the question, chances are that essay will receive a low score.

    Use of Examples
    Do not simply state what you did. Provide an example of an activity that directly contributed to that experience.

    Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
    This is an area where students make the most errors, especially if they are completing the essay last minute and/or do not take the time to have anyone read their work.

    Follow these steps to help write excellent essays and make your application stand out:

    •  Brainstorm
    •  Write a draft of the essay(s)
    •  Have a teacher, counselor or academic advisor review your essay(s)
    •  Edit the essay(s) using the suggetions made by your teacher, counselor or advisor
    •  Re-read the essay(s) to make sure they say what you want them to and thoroughly answer the questions
    • Submit your essay(s) on time

    Best of Luck to you!

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