Tips for Your Scholarship Application

A scholarship application is an opportunity for you to describe in your own words your best attributes and accomplishments at the University of Alberta and in your community.

Tips for writing academic essays:

  • Be clear and concise.
  • We are looking for thoughtful, well-developed responses that highlight who you are and what you've done.
  • We want to know more about who you want to be and where you want to go so elaborate on your experiences and provide specific examples where you can.
  • Be creative, show your passion, and put things in your own words.

Tips for writing leadership essays:

  • Be clear and concise.
  • Provide specific examples of your leadership achievements.
  • Describe the depth of your involvement in the activities you are highlighting, and how your actions have made an impact.
  • Demonstrate your progression within leadership positions.
  • Exercise some creativity! Writing a unique essay can set you apart from other applicants.

Tips for choosing a leadership reference:

  • Select a reference who will be objective; try not to use family members if possible.
  • Choose someone who can give specific examples of your accomplishments and has first-hand knowledge of your leadership experience and abilities.

Tips for your application:

  • Save your application often! The award application portal will time-out after 15 minutes of inactivity.
  • Write your essays in a separate word document so you can edit, spellcheck, and review word counts. When you're ready to submit your application, copy your responses into the award application portal.
  • Write a unique response to each question in the application. You can use similar ideas, activities, and concepts throughout your essays but using the exact same essay more than once is discouraged.
  • When writing responses to essay prompts, ensure that you answer all parts of the question.
  • Avoid repetition, acronyms, shorthand, and slang. Write as if the person reading your application has no prior knowledge of your experiences.
  • Express your unique perspective and set yourself apart from other students applying for scholarships.
  • Apply early! This application requires thoughtful reflection and cannot be adequately completed in one day.