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Impactful Personal Essays

Personal essays explain who you are, why you are applying, and what you plan to accomplish with the award. Essays are your chance to let the reviewer get to know you. The more they understand your motivations and goals, the better they will be convinced that you should become a recipient.

Check out our personal statement worksheet for tips on writing personal statements for awards, graduate school, and internships. Remember that this is a general guide, and for national scholarship applications, your ONS advisor can provide much more specific guidance.

For further assistance, we recommend the following resources: