Scholarship Essay Assignment

Unit 4 Assignment: Scholarship Essay

In this assignment you will search for a scholarship that you think fits your interests and circumstances. The Scholarship must contain a written question that you need to answer in an essay style.  The reason you should find a scholarship yourself is so that you can use this essay to apply for the scholarship if you plan to go to post secondary education after this. If you can’t find a scholarship that suits you, you may use one of the following essay prompts that are commonly asked in scholarship applications.

Option One: Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.

Option Two:  How have you contributed to your community?

Option Three:  Talk about a time that you failed and what you learned from it?

Option Four:  Why do you want to go to college and what do you hope to gain from a college degree?

Option Five:  How will this scholarship make a difference for you?

As you structure your essay to answer the question, think about the experiences, skills, and strengths and personal qualities that you can highlight in your answer.  You want to market yourself and set yourself apart form the other applicants.  Your answer should be interesting, unique and full of information that would show you deserve the scholarship.

If you have chosen a scholarship yourself, you may follow the word count that is specified in the scholarship.  Please submit a copy of the essay prompt and requirements to your teacher when submitting the assignment. If you have chosen one of the options above, please use a word count of 500.

Success Criteria:

-I have answered the scholarship question and respected the wordcount.

-I have tried to share and highlight many different experiences, skills, strengths and personal qualities in my answer that will set me apart from other students.

-My writing is organized logically and the essay flows well.

-I have an interesting and engaging introduction and conclusion.

-I have checked over my writing to make sure the grammar, spelling and writing conventions are correct.

 

The Rubric is below.

 

 

 

Scholarship Essay Rubric

Criteria and Score Level 4 (80-100%) Level 3 (70-79%) Level 2 (60-69%) Level 1 (50-59%)
Knowledge

 

______/10

Response addresses essay prompt clearly and directly and provides specific details/strong connections Response addresses essay prompt and provides good connections Response occasionally addresses essay prompt Response to writing prompts is unclear or vague
Thinking

 

______/10

Provides specific examples of experiences, skills, strengths, and/or personal qualities and highlights these effectively and creatively answering the question. Identifies adequate examples of the experiences, skills, strengths, and/or personal qualities and highlights these effectively when answering the question. Identifies and explains some experiences, skills, strengths, and/or personal qualities and highlights these when answering the question. Identifies at least  experiences, skill, strength, and/or personal quality and highlights this when answering the question.
Application

 

______/10

Essay is well organized with progression of ideas, linking ideas to supporting points from start to finish Essay shows clear organization with appropriate transitions Essay shows good organization but may lack appropriate transitions Essay lacks clear organization and appropriate transitions
Communication

 

______/10

Writing includes very few or no typographical, spelling, grammatical, or structural errors Writing includes a few typographical, spelling, grammatical, and/or structural errors Writing includes several typographical, spelling, grammatical, and/or structural errors Writing includes many typographical, spelling, grammatical, and/or structural errors

 

Total Score:   ________/40

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