Common Essay Topics for Scholarship Competitions

  1. Issues Facing Society:
    • What do you consider to be the single most important societal problem? Why?
    • If you had the authority to change your school in a positive way, what specific changes would you make?
    • Pick a controversial problem on school campuses and suggest a solution.
    • What do you see as the greatest threat to the environment today?
  2. Personal Achievements
    • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
    • Discuss a special attribute or accomplishment that sets you apart
    • Describe your most meaningful achievements and how they relate to your future goals.
  3. Background and Influences
    • Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.
    • Who in your life has been your biggest influence and why?
    • How has your family background affected the way you see the world?
    • How has your education contributed to who you are today?