Examining the two basic components of scholarship competition—essays and interviews—this vital guidebook offers practical advice and real-life examples to guide students through the entire application process. A roundtable panel of judges and applicants supply inside information regarding the winning qualities sought after by award-giving organizations and tips for finding scholarships by using books, the internet, personal connections, and sources in the community. With insight into the judges' criteria for a successful application, 30 previously awarded scholarship essays are thoroughly analyzed, from choice of topic to writing style. Revealing unique strategies for preparation and overcoming nervousness, this definitive resource also includes sample interview questions and answers.
Gen and Kelly Tanabe won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free. They are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Scholarship Book, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays and The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.
Table of Contents
1 The Secret to Winning a Scholarship 2 How to Find Great Scholarships 3 Judges' Roundtable: Inside the Selection Process 4 How to Write a Money-Winning Essay 5 30 Money-Winning Essays 6 12 Essays That Bombed 7 Judges' Roundtable: The Scholarship Essay 8 Winning Interview Strategies 9 Interview Question and Answer Examples 10 Judges' Roundtable: The Interview 11 Final Thoughts Appendix A: Scholarships Anyone Can Win Index