Essay/Letter Help

The personal essay is a chance for the scholarship committee to get to know you better. We've included some tips on writing a scholarship personal statement. If you win, don't forget to send a thank you letter.

Personal Essay Help

Basic tips

  • Make sure your personal essay is typed; handwritten statements are unacceptable.
  • Ask someone with strong writing skills to proofread it.
  • Follow the guidelines set by the scholarship (e.g., don't go over the page limit).
  • Hook the reader with a distinctive opening.
  • Be honest and positive. Put some heart into it and be proud of who you are.
  • Make sure you answer the who, what and how questions.

Who are you?

Write about your personal and family background, motivation for going to college, the journey to CSUN, and, if applicable, your experiences as a first-generation college student.

What is your plan?

Write about educational and career goals, why you want a college education and post-graduation plans.

How are you going to make it a reality?

Write about academic honors and accolades, extracurricular activities and how they keep you on the right track, interning and work experience, and community service.

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