Remember this personal statement is all the selection committee will know about you. It is important to give as much relevant information about yourself – your background, needs, ideals, goals – so the committee can get a sense of who you are and your decision to return to college.

  1. Brainstorm. Spend time thinking about your decision to enroll in or return to college. What are your academic and life goals? Why did you delay entry to college or need to stop attending before? What motivates you to return to college? What demonstrates your ability to succeed in college?
  2. Current Osher Re-entry Scholars will need to answer different essay questions. Think about how this scholarship has impacted your academic success. Has your educational or life goals changed because of your return to college?
  3. Sometimes it can be difficult to "blow our own horn." So ask a trusted friend to talk with you about your strengths and achievements. While it can seem strange to "talk yourself up" – a scholarship application needs to show your strengths.
  4. Organize the information you feel is most important. Be sure to answer the questions regarding your decision to enroll or return to university.
  5. Write your statement; Let it sit for 1-2 days, then review it.
  6. Edit and proofread.
  7. Type your final draft, proofread and mail it in.