Scholarship Essay Builder
Use the Scholarship Essay Builder (PDF) worksheet to brainstorm and draft a personal statement for the purpose of applying to scholarships. This activity will help students identify topics they may want to include in a scholarship essay, including their inspiration for continuing their higher education, recent obstacles they have overcame, current list of academic achievements, financial need, and contributions to the community.
Requesting A Letter of Recommendation
Request a letter of recommendation from faculty, staff, administrators or community leaders that are familiar of your accomplishments, aspirations, and academic achievements.
The most formal approach of requesting a letter is by writing an email and attaching a resume along with a personal statement to keep that person up to date on recent accomplishments. Include the website or brief information on the scholarships you are trying to apply for to inform your mentor about the qualifications you wish to highlight. Ask for the letter to be printed or typed on a formal letterhead.
The UC Santa Barbara Guardian Scholars Program supports the academic and personal success of students who have been part of the foster care system. Program services include academic support, enrichment services, student advocacy, career guidance, peer networking, housing assistance and financial aid advising.
National Scholarship Programs
There are a number of prestigious national scholarship programs that require a campus endorsement in order to apply. The campus endorsement process is coordinated by Undergraduate Education at UCSB.
More information about each of these programs is available via the links below. If you are interested in pursuing a specific nationally competitive scholarship or fellowship, we encourage you to contact the Undergraduate Education team at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for consultation.