Scholarship Essay One

CRABIEL SCHOLARSHIP WINNER – won $3,000 scholarship

Like Mr. Crabiel, I literally work tirelessly in many academic and leadership roles. I sleep no more than six hours a night because of my desire to expertly meet my many commitments. Throughout my life, I have worked as long and as hard as I possibly can to effect beneficial changes in both school and society.

During the summer of tenth grade, I took a number theory course at Johns Hopkins University with students from Alaska, California, and Bogota, Colombia. Similarly, during the summer following eleventh grade, I was one of ninety students from New Jersey selected to attend the Governor’s School in the Sciences at Drew University. At Drew, I took courses in molecular orbital theory, special relativity, cognitive psychology, and I participated in an astrophysics research project. For my independent research project, I used a telescope to find the angular velocity of Pluto. With the angular velocity determined, I used Einstein’s field equations and Kepler’s laws to place an upper bound on the magnitude of the cosmological constant, which describes the curvature of space and the rate of the universe’s expansion.

In addition to learning science, I recently lectured physics classes on special relativity at the request of my physics teacher. After lecturing one class for 45 minutes, one student bought many books on both general and special relativity to read during his study hall. Inspiring other students to search for knowledge kindles my own quest to understand the world and the people around me.

As president of the National Honor Society, I tutor students with difficulties in various subject areas. In addition, I am ranked number one in my class with an SAT score of 1580 and SATII scores of 750 in math, 760 in writing, and 800 in physics. In school, I take the hardest possible courses including every AP course offered at the high school. I am the leading member of the Math Team, the Academic Team, and the Model Congress Team. In the area of leadership, I have recently received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award from a local rotary club, have been asked to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law and the Constitution in Washington D.C., and wrote the winning essay on patriotism for South Plainfield’s VFW chapter. Currently enrolled in Spanish 6,I am a member of both the Spanish Club and the Spanish Honor Society. In addition, I recently was named a National Merit Scholar.

Besides involvement in academic and leadership positions, I am active in athletics. For instance, I lift weights regularly. In addition, I am the captain of my school’s varsity tennis team. So far this year, my individual record on the team is 3-0.

Working vigorously upon being elected Student Council President, I have begun a biweekly publication of student council activities and opinions. Also, the executive board under my direction has opened the school store for the first time in nearly a decade. With paint and wood, we turned a janitor’s closet into a fantastic store. I also direct many fund raisers and charity drives. For instance, I recently organized a charity drive that netted about $1,500 for the family of Alicia Lehman, a local girl who received a heart transplant.

As Student Liaison to the South Plainfield Board of Education, I am working to introduce more advanced-placement courses, more reading of philosophy, and more math and science electives into the curriculum. At curriculum committee meetings, I have been effective in making Board members aware of the need for these courses. In addition, my speeches at public Board meetings often draw widespread support, which further helps to advance my plans for enhancing the curriculum.

I have also been effective as a Sunday school teacher. By helping elementary school students formulate principles and morals, I make a difference in their lives every week. The value system that I hope to instill in them will last them their entire lives. I find teaching first-graders about Christ extremely rewarding.

Clearly, I have devoted my life both to working to better myself and to improving civilization as a whole. Throughout the rest of my life, I hope to continue in this same manner of unselfish work. Just as freeholder Crabiel dedicates his life to public service, I commit my life to helping others and to advancing society’s level of understanding.


Scholarship Tips

There is no magic formula for applying for and receiving a scholarship. But these tips can start you on the right foot.

  • Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It is a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to ensure receipt.
  • Be honest. Don’t exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. It is better to focus on the scholarships for which you might be eligible.
  • Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay; others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
  • Proofread your application: Review everything. Typos are a sure way not to be considered for a scholarship. Consider asking a parent, teacher, or friend to read your application.
  • Keep copies of everything you send: If your application is misplaced, having copies will make it easier to resend your information quickly.
  • Send your application packet by registered mail: Many sources offering scholarships will not confirm
  • receipt of your application. Consider sending your application via USPS registered mail so you know your
  • materials arrived safely.

Scholarship Myths


You must be an “A” student to win a scholarship.

Having an “A” average alone will not guarantee you a scholarship.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation conducts one of the largest
corporate-sponsored scholarship programs in the United States.
Although a good academic record is a contributing factor, having
an “A” average exclusively will not qualify a student as a Coca-Cola
Scholar. Coca-Cola Scholars are well-rounded, unique, and
independent individuals.


Billions of scholarship dollars go unused every year.


Although some scholarship money is unclaimed each year, this
money is often earmarked for students with very specific
qualifications such as a particular last name or some unusual
characteristic. For instance, students who are Catholic and have
the last name of Zolp may be eligible for a full-tuition four-year
scholarship at Loyola University. For more information on unusual
scholarship opportunities including those for students who are
short, tall or overweight, review Chapter 15 of Winning
Scholarships for College.


B or C students have little opportunity to win scholarships.


B or C students still have opportunities for scholarships. If you are
a B or C student and you have a history of participation and growth
in extracurricular activities as well as involvement in your
community, you have an excellent chance of winning scholarships.
Highlighting your participation and involvement in a student
résumé and an essay will help you be successful. For more
information, read Chapter 9 of Winning Scholarships for College,
“Grade’s Don’t Mean Everything – Standing Out in a Crowd” and
Chapter 11, “Writing Perfect Essays.”


You cannot win a scholarship if you do not have financial need.
Or, middle class students cannot get money for college.


Middle class students can win money for college. Although they
may not be eligible for some need-based scholarship programs,
they still have numerous opportunities to win merit scholarships.
For more information, read Chapter 9 of Winning Scholarships for
College, “Grade’s Don’t Mean Everything – Standing Out in a


Grades and SAT scores are the only factors you need to worry
about for winning scholarships.


Having good grades and high SAT scores are definitely important.
However, you still need to have a history of participation and
growth in extracurricular activities as well as involvement in your
community to win scholarships. Also showcasing your
participation and involvement in a student résumé and an essay
will help. For more information, read Chapter 9 of Winning
Scholarships for College, “Grade’s Don’t Mean Everything –
Standing Out in a Crowd” and Chapter 11, “Writing Perfect

What Makes a Highly Successful Scholarship Winner?

What Makes a Highly Successful Scholarship Winner?

Review the following habits of scholarship winners for tips on how you can
make your scholarship quest successful.

Successful students always remember the five P’s – Prior
preparation prevents poor performance. Prepare for the scholarship
search early. Do not wait until your senior year.

Successful students do not rely on their parents to do all the work.

Successful students vigorously avoid mistakes on their essays and
applications. They always spell-check, proofread, and allow one
other person to proofread their applications and essay for errors.

Successful students do not ignore scholarships that may be local or
those for small amounts. Scholarship amounts, even as small as
$50, can add up.

Successful students do not rely on only one source such as the
Internet for their scholarship search. They use many resources.
Many scholarships on the Internet or in the free scholarship
searches that you find on the World Wide Web are nationally known
and are harder to win due to greater competition. Local and regional
scholarships are not found as easily through an Internet search,
although they may be easier to win because the applicant pool is
smaller. You have to use a combination of resources to find as
many scholarships to apply for as possible.

Successful students market themselves well. In their applications,
they highlight positive aspects about their lives, especially
community involvement.

Successful students do not apply to one or two scholarships and
wait for the best. They apply for all scholarships they are eligible to
win. They keep applying until the total they have won exceeds what
they need to pay for the college they want to attend or until they
graduate with a degree.

Successful students are organized. They keep track of deadlines
and materials required to complete an application.

Successful students are well rounded. They participate in
extracurricular and community activities. They write about these
activities in scholarship and college essays in a descriptive
manner. They try to benefit others as well as themselves with the
extracurricular and community activities in which they are involved.

Successful students understand that SAT scores and grades alone
do not win most scholarships. Scholarship programs look at many
factors such as community activities, leadership, presentation of
your application package, special or unusual talents or skills, etc.

Successful students do not look for the easy way out. It is harder for
them to believe in a scholarship scam that promises to do all the
work for them. They understand that those things for which we work
hardest often bring the greatest rewards. Hard work in the
scholarship process as a high school student could result in an
easy college life without work later, or a loan-free life after college.

Avoid These Most Common Mistakes Made on College and Scholarship

1. Not following directions
2. Missing the deadline
3. Not typing your application or sending in a sloppy application
4. Forgetting to spell check and to proofread after you spell check
5. Not including information such as a transcript or recommendation
6. Not answering the essay question or another question asked.

Scholarship Recommendation Letter Sample

Friends and relatives who attend college often seek scholarships that will help with college expenses, and one may ask you to write a letter of recommendation to help him or her win a scholarship. Such a letter can be a deciding factor in whether a friend is able to complete a college education. This sample letter of recommendation for a scholarship provides a general format that you can use to help you write your own letter.


Street address
City, State, Zip


Dear Scholarship Selection Committee:

As a friend of his family, I have had the pleasure of knowing [Name] since he was born. He has been an outstanding student since the first grade. I strongly recommend him as a recipient of your scholarship award.

I am sure that [Name] will continue to succeed in his studies. He is a dedicated student, and his grades have been consistently exemplary. He always shows great initiative and diligence; he is able to develop intelligent plans and implement them successfully.

He has demonstrated admirable leadership skills. Many new students in his school have sought his advice, and many have shared with me their appreciation of his pleasant, encouraging attitude.

For these reasons, I highly recommend [Name].

Because of his drive to succeed, proven abilities, and impressive academic achievements, [Name] is a worthy candidate for the scholarship. If you have any questions regarding [Name]’s character or achievements, please contact me.



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