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Grants and Scholarships: Step 3: Applying

Writing Grant & Scholarship Applications

Most applications require students to write something for them, more that than an application form. So you may need to write one or more of the following documents when applying for a grant or scholarship:

  • Portfolio (A self-curated collection of YOUR images, artwork, and/or documents that represent your professional qualifications.)
  • Write a paper on a given topic (This is similar to an essay assigned in school.)
  • Writing samples (This is writing that you’ve done previously. You can revise a writing sample before submitting it.)
  • Bio (This should focus on your academic and/or professional accomplishments and goals within a narrative or chronological sequence, past to future.)
  • Letter (The could be a business letter, saying your application is complete and is attached. Or this could be a letter of application, meaning that the letter itself is supposed to be written with a persuasive tone. If this is the case, then the advice about "personal statements" would be applicable.)


  • Resume (This is an important and common document in many applications, not just for grants and scholarships.)
  • Personal Statement (This explains why you are worthy of, and well qualified for, the grant or scholarship. Personal statements are often required in applications to graduate school.)


For assistance writing a resume, you may....


Personal Statements

Personal Statements may be part of grant or scholarship applications. (Or part of college or university admission applications)

Read the document, Personal Statements (below), for a brief definition of these statements and a brief description about how to write one.

Purdue University's OWL Website provides excellent information:

Assistance with writing a personal statement? Email....