APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 30TH!
Acing the essay questions
In early July a committee gathers together to select scholarship recipients. Every application is carefully considered for an award. Some of the factors that we consider when choosing recipients are financial need and GPA, but the biggest factor is your personal statement. We ask a few questions that require you to write longer answers.
Carefully answer each question. This is your opportunity to tell the selection committee more about yourself. Feel free to use examples or stories and let your personality shine through. You can save your progress and return to make changes until the applications close on June 30.
What program are you pursuing and what factors led you to choose this specific program? How do you think your enrollment in this program will help you reach your career goals? Consider both technical skills and soft skills (e.g., teamwork, communication, professionalism) in your answer.
What career are you most interested in pursuing and what about this career interests or excites you (tell the committee about your dream job)?
What strengths, knowledge, and/or experience do you possess that will help you be successful in this career?
Beyond financial benefits, how do you think receiving a scholarship would help you? (Examples: ability to reduce work hours, lower stress, a feeling of accomplishment, etc.)
We want to hear your story. We aren't too concerned with perfect spelling and excellent grammar, and we give awards to students of all ages, from every program, with various financial needs. However, we score every application on the answers to these questions, so be sure to address each one carefully.
It is a good idea to write your essays in a separate program and have someone look over your answers before you submit your application. BTC faculty and tutors are excellent resources to help you write a winning essay. Learn more about the tutoring center here.
How your application will be scored
Every essay is read and scored by two or more members of the scholarship selection committee. The scores are added together and averaged.
Program alignment: convince us that you are a good fit for your program
Benefit of a scholarship: convince us that you are a great candidate for an award
Overall impression: answer each question completely and thoughtfully
Your financial need and GPA are used along with your essay scores to rate your overall application package. If you are selected for an award the total amount will be based on this score, the cost of your program, and your planned attendance for the upcoming school year (number of quarters, full- or part-time).
Check out the tutoring center for more help writing your personal statement!