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BCCF Scholarship Questions:

  • Briefly explain why obtaining post secondary education or training is important to you?
  • If you have chosen a field of study, please elaborate on what lead you to this particular area?
  • Drawing from the list of extracurricular activities you shared, please choose one activity and describe how you became involved in it, as well as the life skills you have learned by participating in it.

Tips for Writing Scholarship Essays

The BCCF Scholarship Application requires an essay, in addition, depending on the specific scholarship, you may be required to write and submit additional essays. Think carefully about what you write. These essays are a crucial part of the scholarship recipient selection process.

The personal essay may be the hardest part of your application to complete, but it is also where your application can stand out from the rest. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include details you feel comfortable sharing about yourself so the reader can get to know who YOU are and what you stand for. Be truthful and honest.

Scholarship selection committees may have hundreds of essays to review. It is YOUR job to get their attention. Ways to do this are:

  • Take time to think before you write. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas and create an outline to help you when you write. Make sure to address specific questions clearly that are required for the essay.
  • Know your audience. Write an essay that fits the requirements of that particular scholarship.
  • Be original and creative in your answers. Use examples to individualize your essay. Demonstrate the point you want to make. Avoid vagueness to make a strong impression.
  • Proofread. This is very important! You do not want to have a misspelled work within your essay. Check spelling and grammar. Share your essay with a friend, parents or teachers for their review prior to submital. Another pair of eyes can catch errors you might miss!
  • Create a portrait of a winner. By doing this on paper, you create a vivid portrait that will depict the person behind the grades, activities and awards. The goal should be that after a selection committee member reads your essay they feel as if they know you. If you can accomplish this, you have done your job and created a powerful, emotional connection that elevates your application from others.

For additional guidance and to review sample essays, we recommend visiting College Board.

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