3 Reasons Why I Deserve a Scholarship

Apply for ScholarshipsHave you ever applied to a scholarship and were absolutely sure you would win? Let me give you some advice; don’t count your chickens before they hatch! Sure, when I first started applying for scholarships, I was a bit cocky and secretively thought people would start throwing money my way because of my grades and obvious talent, but that’s not quite how it panned out. In fact, I applied to 25 scholarships before I ever won my first award. What was I doing wrong? As it turns out, nothing; you just have to understand that many scholarship programs are subjective, especially those that include an essay. Depending on who is reading your submission, it may sail through to the finals or end up in the rejection pile. For example, I’ve submitted the same creative writing story to five contests. I received first place once, third place twice and did not place at all in two contests. Go figure. But what I learned was that scholarships are an odds game; the more you apply, the better your chances of winning. I also reminded myself that I am deserving of winning a scholarship, no matter the outcome because…

1. I’m Persistent – This truly is a quality you need to have to be successful at winning scholarships. If you apply to just a handful and give up, you are basically saying you are not worthy of winning. I refuse to believe that and my persistence has paid off.

2. I’m Unique – Thankfully, there is only one of me. This means the chances of someone entering the exact same scholarship application as mine is highly unlikely. It is up to me to find a way to highlight the special qualities I possess, so others see them, too.

3. I Can Overcome Obstacles – Please tell me I can’t do something because I will try even harder to prove you wrong! Like many other students I know, I have traveled a bumpy road to get where I am today, but those obstacles gave me strength and helped me appreciate the truly important things in life. Carry your scars like badges of honor.

If you possess these qualities as well, you must do one more thing in order to win a scholarship – Apply! You can’t win if you don’t apply, and although you will probably lose more contests than you win, just opening one ‘Congratulations’ letter is so worth the effort and reward. If you believe you are truly deserving of a scholarship, here’s one you should not pass up – the ‘Top Ten List’ Scholarship from ScholarshipExperts.com. Simply submit 10 reasons why you should receive $1,500 for college and you could be the lucky winner. I believe in you, so now it’s time for you to believe in yourself. Just be sure to submit your essay before December 31, or like this year, this scholarship will be gone.

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for ScholarshipExperts.com, eStudentLoan.com and CampusDiscovery.com. She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
19 Responses to “3 Reasons Why I Deserve a Scholarship”
  1. nakanyala koneka says:

    good day to you madam my name is Nakanyala Koneka as stated above. Im an African girl who just finished high school last year. its is required of me to write an essay of 1000 word on why I deserve that scholarship. I write than to you for assistance and guide lines on how to go about it…. please help me! your help will be of much appreciations

    have a wonderful day ahead and will be looking forward for your reply. God bless

    thank you

  2. Brittany says:

    I believe that if you set your mind to it go for it. Don’t ever give up on your education, go for what you want and don’t let people stop you.

  3. sah says:

    it sah.i’m doing grd 12 this year i hv 1 one prblm i start to give up nd losing my confident nd hope plzz cn we help me what cn i do

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Sah. My one suggestion is to work on your writing skills. If you are using text lingo and not following proper grammar rules (such as using ‘i’ instead of ‘I’), you’ll never make it to the final round of a scholarship competition. Providers are very picky about the effort put into applications and essays, so be sure you are always putting your best foot forward. Have someone edit your work and never submit anything that appears unfinished or hastily created.

  4. Kalia says:

    I have applied for a scholarship and now I have a problem with these kind of questions . Do you have any suggestion or any good answer ? I would appreciate for your answer :)

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Kalia,

      Most of us hate the dreaded “why do you deserve this scholarship” question, but don’t let it scare you. The first thing you need to understand is why the provider is giving away scholarship money. Is the award from a company that values hard work? Maybe it’s a charitable organization that seeks to reward students who have overcome serious obstacles? Once you have an idea of ‘why’ the money is being offered, you can focus on writing an essay that demonstrates ‘how’ you would be an ideal recipient. The trick, however, is to be unique and try to keep it positive. Pick an event from your life that may have triggered your current career path or ignited a passion. It doesn’t have to be something monumental. It just needs to be interesting. For example, maybe you saw something on Pinterest (let’s say a cake) that inspired you. You attempt to recreate the item with miserable (and comical) results. Instead of giving up and getting upset, you dedicate yourself to learning more and working at it until you get it right. In this case, maybe the cake pin actually opened your eyes to a culinary career and the opportunity to own your own gourmet cake company. That story would be a heck of a lot more interesting than simply listing the classes you take and stating you want to bake cakes for a living. Just keep it simple, honest and entertaining.

  5. Krissy says:

    Thanks for this. I have been at that place where I feel like giving up as I grow tired of the “regrettably”s and “wish all the best”s. I have recently revived my resolve to persist in scholarship applications, but quite frankly was still harbouring some doubt; but this was truly helpful.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Krissy,

      Don’t give up. It may take some time, but I have a feeling you’ll be successful if you keep at it.

  6. YVONNE says:

    I HAVE APPLIED FOR A BURSARY AND I’M NOW INVITED TO AN INTERVIEW,SO I WAS WONDERING WHAT TO SAY WHEN ASKED WHY I SHOULD GET A BURSARY OTHER THAN SOMEONE ELSE.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi, Yvonne. This was the question I always dreaded during interviews, but it gets easier each time. I would stay away from rattling off a list of your accomplishments or academic marks. The other candidates are likely to have similar qualifications. Instead, you might try something along these lines. “I don’t know that I deserve this award any more than any other candidate, but I do know that if I am selected I will make sure you do not regret your decision. Although my work ethic and past accomplishments are a testament to my ability to achieve great things, I realize that each day must be welcomed as a chance to push myself and to continue to strive for excellence in all that I do. By selecting me as your recipient, you will be making an investment not only in my future, but also those around me. I hope that you will be part of my journey and help me take another step closer to becoming a [insert career plan here].”

  7. shirley says:

    may i know what kind of answer should i reply my interviewer that i deserve the scholarship or question like why do you think we must choose you. For your information, the company is not involve in field of the course i applied but seems to do something to give back or benefit the community. So in this case, what kind of answer should i reply to impress them so that the probability for me to get the scholarship can be higher.

  8. joana says:

    i was asked this question that “how i feel a scholarship scheme can be improved” but i don’t know how to go about it.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      I might be able to help you if I knew more about the actual scholarship, as I’m not sure what is implied by ‘scheme.’

  9. Hamlin says:

    I was asked the 10 top reasons why I should get the scholarship but I really don’t know how to start it or even insert the 10 reasons into the essay.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Number one tip, don’t make a laundry list of your academic achievements. Think outside the box. Do you have a weird talent or a knack for getting into funny situations? Use that as a starting point. You could make a list, but creating a poem, song, story, or even a Mad Lib would be a lot more fun to read. It’s also a good idea to avoid spitting back the prompt to start your response. Here’s a quick example of how you could do it:

      There once was this girl with red hair (#1), who loved to sing (#2) on stage. Although her voice was amazing, her dancing skills (#3) were not so great. She rehearsed every day, but nothing seemed to work. It’s like she was born with two left feet (#4). But she didn’t let this hold her back from her dream. She was determined (#5) to make it on Broadway! So, she devised a plan to become a comedic actress, where her unfortunate trips and falls would be adored…

      Hopefully, you get the idea. Good luck!

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