4 Upcoming Scholarships That Require a Personal Statement Essay

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The clock is already ticking to get free money for school.

The clock is already ticking to get free money for school.

It’s never too early to start thinking about scholarships for school. Now that you know how to start and finish an amazing personal statement, put it to good use with these upcoming scholarships—you can use the same essay for all of them!



Deadline: February 15, 2013

This scholarship is open to any student living in certain counties of Georgia. Visit the website to determine if you are eligible.

The scholarship is now open for applications. One in five students who apply will win. I’d say those are great odds!


Deadline: April 30, 2013

This scholarship is due next year but put it on your calendar now. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to write that career goals essay!

The only information I could find on this scholarship is listed on the application. That shouldn’t stop you from applying if you qualify. As far as I can tell, the eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Must be an undergraduate.
  • Must be studying nursing or a healthcare-related study.

This probably includes biology/chemistry majors who aspire to work in the medical field.


Deadline: May 31, 2013

This is another example of a deceiving scholarship name. You do not need to be black, a spouse of a black person, a member of this foundation, or the spouse of a member of this foundation.

According to its application, eligible applicants must:

  • Be preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities.

If that sounds like you, put a reminder on your calendar for April 2013 to apply!


Deadline: June 2, 2013, or July 1, 2013

This scholarship has two essay requirements (one page each) on your career goals and your personal story.

Take your existing scholarship personal statement and separate it into one page for your story and goals and another page elaborating on your personal information.

Here’s their selection criteria (i.e., fancy lingo for “this is what we are actually looking for”):

  1. Students who have displayed superior academic performance.
  2. Students from underprivileged backgrounds who have overcome a number of academic or economic challenges.
  3. Students who are the first in their family to attend college.
  4. Students who are in financial need.


  1. Must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at an accredited institution.
  2. Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  3. Must have a grade point average of at least 2.0.

Now that you know these are coming up, set your reminders, finish up that essay, and go get ‘em!

Have a scholarship question for Diane? Let us know in the comments. 

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