WRITING YOUR STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Your statement of purpose introduces you to scholarship donors who are looking at your notebook. This essay is meant to reveal your life’s purpose (direction) in terms of who you are, where you are going, and how you are going to get there.
Your essay may take any of several formats:
- A story about an experience that made you realize who you are, what you stand for, and what you want to do with your life. The readers don’t really want to know so much about the experience; they want to know why/how this experience affected you. Conclude your essay by connecting your experience to your future goals and aspirations.
- A straightforward essay about your goals and future career ideas. Include your plans for education, training, and how you will finance your education. If undecided, tell what you are leaning toward doing as a career. Describe any personal experiences that helped you decide what you want to do with your life.
- Your Statement of Purpose must be:
- One page only
- On good quality business (resume) paper
- Checked for grammar and spelling (don’t rely on spell-check)
- Proofread by several people
- Printed in readable 12-point font with standard margins
- Times New Roman 12 pt. font
- Arial 12 pt. font
- Tahoma 12 pt. font