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Here is the prompt for the “My Story” Essay:
Write an essay titled “My Story: that tells us about you. Be Specific about your academic and career goals, and how you plan to reach those goals. Discuss any obstacles you have overcome and any specific financial needs you have. This is your opportunity to share with us what makes you unique and deserving of a scholarship.
Here is the prompt broken down into its essential components:
(1) Write an essay titled “My Story” that tells us about you. Be specific about your academic and career goals, and how you plan to reach those goals.
TIPS: Mention your major, or program you are pursuing. Also, if you feel you haven’t settled on a direction or major, discuss the options you are considering and what you’re doing to settle on an option. The point is to show that you are mature and are thinking of your own future. The readers want to award a student who will put the scholarship money to good use.
(2) Discuss any obstacles you have overcome and any specific financial needs you have. This is your opportunity to share with us what makes you unique and deserving of a scholarship.
Obstacles can be anything from your financial situation, to being the first in your family to go to college, to not having your own mode of transportation. You just have to show why that obstacle is important and why a scholarship will help you overcome this and other obstacles.
First, describe an obstacle.
Second, discuss how you overcame that obstacle.
Appealing to me
Appealing to aspect like it
I can contribute
Meant a lot to me
I want to make a difference
I like helping people
Questions? - Contact Karima Karim in the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at Karima.email@example.com.
“Opportunities” refers to scholarship opportunities.
Absolutely! Only some scholarships require the filing of the FAFSA – in order to demonstrate financial need.
Scholarships are accounted for in your financial aid package, as they are considered an educational resource.
While this is possible, it is unlikely. When this does occur, it is typically only when Loans are taken out, up to the Cost of Attendance (COA) budget. In that case, the loans are reduced and replaced by the scholarship: we are swapping free money for money that would have had to be repaid.
You may update or make changes to personal information, such as your phone number, mailing address, or email address, via MyCSUEB. For questions pertaining to your academic information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
You may apply for scholarship opportunities; however, your application will only be considered if you are admitted, and you meet scholarship eligibility requirements. Your scholarship application does not guarantee admission to CSUEB.
Based on your information and General Application responses, “Recommended” scholarship opportunities are suggested for your review because you might qualify. Please review the description of the scholarship opportunity, and if you meet all eligibility requirements, complete all Supplemental Questions to apply. If you read the description and you know that you do not qualify, please do not apply. Please note, “Recommended” does not guarantee qualification.
The “Ours” link scholarship opportunities will show all scholarships without filtering them based on your individual information. Some scholarships do not require additional information and if you qualify, you will be automatically considered. The first step in applying to any opportunities in the Pioneer Scholarship Application is to submit the General Application.
Yes, you may make changes to your General Application after it is submitted. However, please note that the system completes a point-in-time snapshot of your application when applying for individual scholarship opportunities based on its respective deadline date.
The “Confidential” reference option allows you to enter the name and email address of a reference provider, such as a current or previous professor, if they would prefer to upload their letter of recommendation confidentially. The status of the letter of recommendation will show as either “Requested” or “Submitted”.
Yes, you may continue to update your application until the deadline date. On the date of a scholarship deadline, the system completes a point-in-time snapshot of your application
Scholarship opportunities are offered by many departments and colleges across campus with different deadlines dates; therefore, we suggest that you occasionally log in and check for updates. If selected for a scholarship, the department will contact you directly.
“Recommended” opportunities provide you with suggested scholarships for your review to determine if you meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship opportunities have various beginning and end dates, so we strongly encourage you to continuously log in and check for new scholarship opportunities.
“External” scholarship opportunities are scholarships that are not affiliated with CSUEB. They are off campus private scholarship notices and are listed for your consideration at the request of private organizations. These scholarships require a separate application and have various eligibility requirements and deadlines. Interested applicants must contact the organization directly with questions.
“Archived” opportunities are scholarships that have completed their scholarship cycles. These are applications from previous application cycles that are no longer active. Only past applications that received award offers or acceptances are displayed, allowing applicants’ access to a record of past awards (if needed in the future, such as to list on resumes or graduate school applications.)