SEND US YOUR PERSONAL STATEMENT!
A Personal Statement is:
A picture. Your personal essay should produce a picture of you as a person, a student, a potential scholarship winner, and (looking into the future) a former scholarship recipient.
An invitation. The reader must be invited to get to know you, personally. Bridge the assumed distance of strangers. Make your reader welcome.
An indication of your priorities and judgment. What you choose to say in your statement tells the committee what your priorities are. What you say, and how you say it, is crucial.
A story, or more precisely, your story. Everyone has a story to tell, but we are not all natural storytellers. If you are like most people, your life lacks inherent drama. This is when serious self-reflection, conversation with friends, family, and mentors, and permission to be creative come in handy.
PERSONAL STATEMENT INSTRUCTIONS
1. Each Applicant MUST complete both Personal Statements provided.
2. Each essay must have no less than 350 words.
3. Use a word processing program to write your responses – don’t type them directly into the application. This way, you can keep track of the word count and print copies for review.
4. Although you will not be evaluated on grammar, spelling or sentence structure, you should proofread your work and make sure your writing is clear. Grammatical and spelling errors can be distracting to the reader and get in the way of what you’re trying to communicate.