Thursday, October 23, 2014

What is Your Passion?

When writing your personal essay, it is important to describe your passion and how it fits in with your major and future career goals.  The judges want to know what makes you "tick".  Start off by brainstorming. What do you really believe in and enjoy doing more than anything else?  What would you do with your life if you could become or be anyone you have envisioned in your wildest dreams? What is stopping you?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pathways to Success Scholarship

The Pathways to Success Scholarship will be available in November 2014.

Go to the website

  1. Review the requirements.
  2. If you qualify, print out eligibility requirements.
  3. Start working on the application.
  4. If you do NOT qualify, write a statement about what you can do to qualify next year.

See me, if you need any assistance.  This is one of the best scholarships available to students from Coachella Valley.

This assignment is for both sections of the scholarship class.
Online Scholarship Class -- Section 8318
Lecture Scholarship Class -- Section 8316

Submit responses to

You qualify -- a statement on what makes you a good candidate.
Don't qualify -- a statement on what you will do to qualify next year. 

Writing the personal essay.

Nice beat, but it is important to read the words.

Monday, October 20, 2014

With practice you can write the best scholarship essay.

Hopefully, this video will prove that you can do just about anything with motivation and lots of practice.  If this little guy can do it, so can you.

Monthly $2,000 Scholarship

It is time to submit your $2,000 "No Essay" College Scholarship for October.

Who can apply?
High school students, adults looking to return to school, current college students and anyone else who is thinking about attending college or graduate school within 12 months. 

Introduction/Personal Essay

The first paragraph must be powerful!  You need to grab the reader's attention.  Please resist the temptation to begin by saying, "My name is Maria and I was born in Coachella Valley" or "I was born in Taxco to very hard working parents" or "I am a student at College of the Desert and I am majoring in Psychology".

Please note that reading essays can be very boring, it is important that you "hook" the reader immediately and engage his attention.  The goal is to interest the scholarship's judges enough to read your personal essay and to show that you are the one who deserves to win the scholarship.

With a little "tweeking", you might be able to use your college application essay for your scholarship application.  Spend the necessary time writing a powerful essay and it just might fit nore than one purpose.