Scholarship applications, personal profiles and supplemental information are reviewed by a scholarship committee comprised of UA faculty and or staff. Depending on how many scholarships each applicant is eligible for, many applications are reviewed by multiple committees. The committees’ task is to match the scholarship program with a scholar.

Direct the readers. Why are you the exemplary choice to receive a scholarship? Committees will evaluate the following: leadership, extracurricular involvement, presentation (grammar, punctuation etc), your educational and career goals and plans, and any other information you feel the committee should know about you or your application. Try to touch upon each of those criterions in your personal profile and go into as much detail as you can within the 3000 character (approximately 500 words) limit. It is recommended that you compose your profile in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, and then copy and paste into the box provided.

Effective profiles successfully do the following:
Give insight about who you are. They show us who you are, how you think, how you decide to act (or not act) upon something, how you approach a problem or dilemma, how you interact with your environment. Avoid being melancholy! You do have something interesting to write about. Don’t write a resume (unless asked for); let us know what makes you stand out amongst the other applicants. Your personal profile is read by committee members making scholarship recommendations so take the time to put your best foot forward.
Profile Brainstorms:

  • Describe activities you are involved in that relate to your educational plan or your future career.
  • Describe a scholastic achievement you have made, and why it is important to you.
  •  Describe contributions you have made to your community and/or campus and explain how those experiences have contributed to your personal growth.
  • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now. You may choose a topic that 200 other students write about (which is fine). But how you write about your topic can distinguish your essay from the pack.
  • Write logically where the reader can follow your train of thought. Make sure your sentences relate to each other. Use transitions when a change takes place in your story or you are making a new point.
  • Avoid redundant sentences and phrases.