Scholarship ʻAha 2020: Personal Statements & Letters of Recommendation


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Write a Killer Scholarship Personal Statement (w/Example)

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Personal statements are a major part of scholarship applications. Writing an amazing personal statement is crucial if you hope to win a scholarship. 

The personal statement is your chance to convince the scholarship committee that you deserve the scholarship. While your resume may be impressive, there are likely hundreds, maybe even thousands of students who are just as impressive.

A personal statement is a great way to set yourself apart.

There isn’t one right way to write a personal statement for a scholarship. But, you should make sure to include the following five elements:

Personality

What makes you unique? No, not your 4.0 GPA or 1500 on the SAT. While those are both impressive stats, your personal statement is a space for you to address deeper things that aren’t listed on your resume. What information can you give readers about yourself to help them get to know who you are?

Authenticity

Be honest and genuine. A lack of authenticity is very clear to readers. Write about what you hold dear to your heart and not what you think readers are expecting to hear from you.

Concrete Examples

Scholarship judges have to read through hundreds of scholarship applications. Make yours stand out. One great way to accomplish this is to add personal anecdotes and examples.

In other words, show, don’t just tell. Instead of writing that you are a highly motivated individual, describe to the readers what that means. Give examples of a time that your motivation helped you achieve something great.

Structure

Make sure that your essay flows in a clear and concise manner. It should consist of an introduction, body paragraphs, and a conclusion.

Goals 

Make sure that your goals are clear to the reader. Organizations award scholarships to invest in a student’s future. Why should they invest in yours? Convince them that winning this scholarship will help you achieve your education and career goals.

Tips For Writing a Killer Scholarship Personal Statement

If you are struggling to write your essay, consider creating an outline. This will help you organize your thoughts and decide what points to write about in each paragraph.

Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to write your personal statement. There should be no spelling or grammar errors.

Finally, follow all of the rules that the scholarship committee has specified. If something isn’t clear, don’t hesitate to reach out to them and ask.

Your personal statement can make or break your chances of winning a scholarship. Work hard on it and deliver a solid essay that shows why you deserve to win.

Sample Essay

Owlie McOwlerson
4819 Redford Rd.
Oreland PA, OK 74074

The Scholarship Committee
123 Learning Rd. Suite 4A
Oklahoma City, OK 73127

To Whom It May Concern:

I have fond memories from childhood of putting on lemonade stands with my siblings and friends. When the sun was out, I was the first to rally up the team and get to work. I would try out different prices; charge more money, less money, or even just offer lemonade for donations. 

Business was always on my mind. My parents tell me I was born with it; that I’ve always been a negotiator, a creative thinker, and proactive.

By the time I reached the end of high school, the entrepreneur in me knew that it wanted to pursue a career in business. I worked hard throughout high school and got accepted to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. I began my studies in 2014.

While in college, I started a food delivery service with a friend called Lemonade Stand. The company has grown from two employees to ten. We have recently expanded our services to Michigan State University and the University of Indiana. There are over 2,000 students using our services on a weekly basis. I also spent the summer after my sophomore and junior year working as an intern at Morgan Stanley in New York City. 

Since graduating, I have remained on campus at the University of Michigan in order to run my business. I will also be starting my MBA at the University of Michigan in the fall. I know that I am capable of achieving great things with the right role models and education.

I have always believed that there is no such thing as enough education. Education allows us to grow, and to achieve bigger and better things. My past education has allowed me to get to where I am today.

I’m pursuing an MBA to deepen my knowledge and develop my leadership skills. I believe that I will continue to contribute to the community at the University of Michigan. My background and experience in starting my own company and managing others gives me a unique and valuable perspective. An MBA will help me become a strong business leader who will be able to successfully manage others.

As you are well aware, pursuing an MBA is very expensive. This scholarship will assist me greatly in my endeavors and allow me to accomplish my career goals. 

Sincerely, 

Owlie McOwlerson 

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Multiple scholarships available in one application, including the Na Ho‘okama a Pauahi and Ho‘okawowo scholarships. KS college scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need and are committed to contributing to the lāhui.

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Important Dates:

  • Application opens: Oct. 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2021

Eligibility:

Website: https://www.ksbe.edu/apply/financial_aid/college_scholarships/

 


 

Additional Resources:

Personal Statement & Letters of Recommendation

How to read a financial aid award letter

Kamehameha Schools CSS Profile

FAFSA Verification

For those new to higher education, financial aid can be confusing and overwhelming. But don’t worry, there are so many people that want to help you. Watch this video to learn more about financial aid, the many benefits, and application tips and strategies.

 

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Now that you’ve learned more about financial aid in general, click on the links below to learn about the different scholarship providers, the representatives, and scholarship eligibility and deadlines.

 

Kamehameha Schools

Pauahi Foundation

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Hana Lima Scholarship

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship

Alu Like

UH System Financial Aid

 

Additional Resources:

Hawaiʻi (coming soon)

Kauaʻi (coming soon)

Maui, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi

Oʻahu (coming soon)

 

Personal Statement & Letters of Recommendation

How to read a financial aid award letter

Kamehameha Schools CSS Profile

FAFSA Verification

This free event is for high school students, parents, teachers, adult students, enrolled college students, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out more about sources of financial aid, including eligibility criteria and requirements, available for Native Hawaiians.

Click on the link below to pre-register for the Scholarship ʻAha you plan to attend.

PRE-REGISTER HERE!

2019-20 Scholarship ʻAha Series

HAWAI‘I

  • Hawai‘i Community College, Manono Campus Kapakapakaua (lawn area between Bldg. 381 and 380)
    • Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 5:00 pm
  • Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
    • Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:30 pm

KAUA‘I

  • Kaua‘i Community College, One-Stop Center Lobby
    • Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 5:30 pm

LĀNA‘I

  • Lānaʻi High & Elementary School Cafeteria
    • Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 5:00 pm

MAUI

MOLOKA‘I

O‘AHU

Other Resources:

Scholarship ʻAha Presentation

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Hawaiʻi Community Foundation

Hana Lima Scholarship Program by Alu Like

Kamehameha Schools Scholarship Program

Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program

Pauahi Foundation

University of Hawaiʻi System Common Scholarship Application

University of Hawaiʻi Regents and Presidential Scholarship Program

Aloha! Information for the

Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha

2020 series coming soon!

 

This free event is for high school students, parents, teachers, adult students, enrolled college students, counselors, and anyone interested in finding out more about sources of financial aid, including eligibility criteria and requirements, available for Native Hawaiians.

Welcome to the Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha Resource Page!

Here you will find information for all of our scholarship partners as well as information for our live how-to sessions. Click on the button below to register for one of our live Scholarship ʻAha sessions.

REGISTER FOR SCHOLARSHIP ʻAHA LIVE ONLINE

The dates for the live sessions are:

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020, 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 pm

If you are unable to make it to a live session, you can navigate through the same information on your own by following the links below.

START HERE

Aloha mai Kakou,

Please join us for the 21st Annual Native Hawaiian Education Association conference.  The conference will be held virtually on July 3, 2020.  Registration will be free but you must register to participate.    There are two types of workshops being offered, Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (hands on workshops) and traditional workshops.  You must select the Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke workshops after you have registered.  Please only choose one workshop per session.  If you would like to attend a traditional workshop a list of workshops will be provided to you prior to the conference and you may enter into those workshops the day of the conference.  We hope you are keeping well and look forward to seeing all of you on the 3rd of July.  

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 6:00 pm



Windward Community College
Hale ‘Ākoakoa
45-720 Keaahala Rd
Kaneohe, HI 96744


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Agenda:

6:00        Opening & Scholarship Presentation (Hale ‘Ākoakoa 105)

6:30        Breakout #1
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 101 – Kamehameha Schools Presentation
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 105 – Personal Statement Writing
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 113 – FAFSA Completion
                                  ‘Ākoakoa Atrium – Scholarship Fair

7:00        Breakout #2
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 101 – Kamehameha Schools Presentation
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 105 – Personal Statement Writing
                                  ‘Ākoakoa 113 – FAFSA Completion
                                  ‘Ākoakoa Atrium – Scholarship Fair

7:30        Dinner

8:00        Evaluations/Scholarship Giveaway


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Manono Campus Kapakapakaua
(lawn area between Bldg. 381 and 380)


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Agenda:
5:15                     Check-In
5:30-5:55         Overview of Evening- Opening Oli
6:00-6:30         Workshop 1
6:35-7:05         Workshop 2
7:10-7:40         Workshop 3
7:45-8:00         Closing/Lucky Drawing

Workshops:

  • FAFSA/FSA ID
  • UH Scholarships
  • Personal Statement
  • Developing Your Game Plan
  • How to Ask for Letters of Rec

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Monday, November 4, 2019, 5:30 pm


UHMC Moloka‘i Education Center
375 Kamehameha V Hwy
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
Get Directions


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Agenda:
5:30                 Check-In & Registration
6:00                 Welcome
6:30                 Workshop Session I
                                FAFSA Workshop “File your FAFSA Application for 19-20 SY”
                                Kamehameha Schools Post-High School Scholarships
                                Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarship Application
                                Scholarships 101 “Paying for Education”
                                Personal Statement
7:10                 Workshop Session II
                                UH Common Scholarship
                                Financial Aid 101 “Paying for Education”
                                Kamehameha Schools Post-High School Scholarships
                                Scholarships 101 “Paying for Education”
                                Personal Statement
7:50                 Resource Fair
8:00                 Dinner
8:15                 Scholarship Drawing & Prizes
8:30                 Pau


Workshop Descriptions & Instructions:

  • FAFSA Workshop
    • UH Maui College financial aid experts will be assisting students and parents with completing their FAFSA application and getting students started on applying for UH Scholarships.
    • Please bring the following documents with you (listed items are needed for both the parent and the student):
      1. Personal Information (legal name, DOB, Social Security #)
      2. 2018 Federal Tax Information
      3. 2018 W-2 Forms
      4. Current Balances: Checking/savings account balances and assets (excluding retirement plans and life insurance)
      5. Email address and password (required for FSA ID)
  • Kamehameha Schools Post-High School Scholarships
    • Learn about the Kamehameha Schools Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi Need-Based scholarship & other KS scholarships as well as the Pauahi Foundation scholarship application process and requirements from a KS representative.
    • Kamehameha Schools representatives will also be assisting students and parents with completing their CSS Profile applications and/or ancestry verification. Please bring the following documents with you:
      1. 2018 Income/Tax Information
      2. Bring ORIGINAL birth certificate of the applicant and an ancestor born in Hawaiʻi in 1959 or earlier. The original birth certificate must have Hawaiian Ancestry listed.
  • Hawaiʻi Community Foundation Scholarship Application
    • Hawaiʻi Community Foundation is one of the largest scholarship funders in Hawaiʻi . Learn about the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation scholarship application process, its requirements and tips on how to successfully submit your HCF scholarship application from a HCF representative.
  • Scholarships 101
    • Learn different budgeting tips when it comes to being a college student as you plan and prepare for the start of school, including the different types of financial aid that is available. It also includes how to prepare for scholarship season as It approaches and how to get ahead!
  • Personal Statement
    • Most grant and scholarship programs request a personal statement as part of the application process. Personal statements are an important part of your scholarship application. Learn what’s included in a personal statement and tips on how to write a well-written essay.
  • UH Common Scholarship Workshop
    • Learn about the University of Hawaii System scholarships and its application process, the requirements needed and also get a start on the application. The UH System Scholarships are open to students who are admitted as a regular student attending any of the ten campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi System. This one online scholarship application will apply you for both the UH Maui College and UH System wide Scholarship Application.
  • Financial Aid 101
    • Learn about the different costs when it comes to being a first time college student as you plan and prepare for your first year as well as continuing students. You will also learn about the different types of financial aid that is available and how you can prepare your child and family to maximize your financial aid award.

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