Writing a Scholarship Essay
Many times, the spring of your senior year is extremely busy with applying for scholarships,
ordering caps and gowns, getting ready for AP exams, etc. It would be a wise idea to take the
time during the beginning of the fall semester to go ahead and create your own scholarship
essay answers to some common questions that our KMHS seniors have encountered in the
past. Even if you come across a scholarship essay topic that is different, you may be able to
apply some of your pre-written essay sentences to another topic. I would go ahead and type
your essays, save to a flash drive, and then copy and paste when it comes time to complete a
scholarship application. Here are some common topics:
1. A 200 word essay on “My Future Role as a Contributing Citizen in My Community”
(taken from 2008’s Civitan Club of Shelby scholarship worth $400).
2. “Please describe the free enterprise system.” (taken from the Dover Scholarship
which is worth between $7,000-$15,000 and from the Belk-Ellis and Le-Grand Ware
business scholarships given by Gardner-Webb University to seniors who want to
attend Gardner-Webb to study business. Both are worth between $1,500-$3,000 per
year of study).
3. An essay of no specified length on “Explain why you have chosen to pursue a health
career and what are your long range goals?” (taken from the Kings Mountain Hospital
Auxiliary Health Careers scholarship worth $2,000).
4. Essays of 250-300 words each in response to three topics provided “A. Why do you
deserve this scholarship (This one is common to MANY different scholarships);
B. What do you feel will be the most difficult aspect of college?; C. What have you
done in the past to help other people, and how has this affected you?” (taken from
2005 application of the Kings Mountain Student Scholarship worth $1,000 to four
KMHS seniors. Essay topics may change each year).
5. An essay of no specified word length on “How have you prepared yourself to be a
nurse in North Carolina?” (taken from the 2005 NC Nurse Scholars Scholarship worth
$5,000 per year seniors pursuing a 4-year college and $3,000 to seniors pursuing an
ADN or hospital-based Diploma program).
6. An essay of no specified word length on “What are your reasons for wanting to attend
college? What kind of life would you like to lead 15-25 years from now?” (taken
from the R.W. Andrews Scholarship for African American males to attend Gardner-
Webb University on a full tuition scholarship. Deadline to submit is October 30th of
7. A one page essay typed on the following topic “In your lifetime, how have you
demonstrated the idea of “People Helping People?” (taken from the 2008 SECU
Scholarship worth $10,000. In addition to depth of essay and academics, preference
may be given to the child of a state employee).
8. An essay of no specified length telling about yourself, your family, and your plans for
the future (taken from the Ollie Harris Memorial Scholarship which covers full tuition
and books for two years to Cleveland Community College).
*IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO WRITE AN ESSAY TO APPLY FOR A
SCHOLARSHIP, THEN YOUR OPTIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE
EXTREMELY SMALL SINCE MOST EVERY SCHOLARSHIP YOU WILL
ENCOUNTER USES ESSAYS TO GET TO KNOW THEIR APPLICANTS AND
NARROW DOWN THEIR POOL OF APPLICANTS.