I am in need of a scholarship in order to fund my masters starting this year October. I have already received my acceptance letter but I am still stressed financially. I scored an 8.5 on my IELTS last month and can apply for a scholarship through British council. However I need to write a 500 character personal statement for that. I have written the following but I feel like it's missing the spark. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Here is what it asks: Describe in no more than 500 characters the reason for studying abroad and in what ways you expect your experience will make a difference to your life and to that of those around you.
Here is what I have: A technological hub, London will provide me the opportunities to engage as a student - academically, socially and professionally. The prime benefit for me is that the course teaches how to use technology intelligently and thereby achieve competitive business advantage. Companies are now increasingly on the lookout for trained experts in this field. I have trained in four languages to help create an international profile and studying in London would simply enhance my experience.
Thank you in advance!
Hi, peppyonboard. I think you are on the right track. Here are the questions I think you should ask yourself when brainstorming for your essay:
1. What is it about this program that makes it so special? Is it well-known in your area of interest? Does it offer the best classes, the best professors, or unique training experiences that you can't get elsewhere? Use your essay to highlight why you want to go to school there, rather than somewhere else. Talk about how proud you would be to be a representative for that program.
2. How are you going to "give back" after you receive this scholarship money? They want to hear how you plan to use the skills that you acquire at this program to improve society in some way, whether it be through teaching, research, etc.. Focus on how you are going to benefit mankind.
3. Why are you deserving of this money? Talk about how you are a serious student - you study hard, make good grades, have a goal in mind. Talk about your talents, your skills. Make a good case for why you deserve this money instead of someone else.