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Personal Statements

Layne Vandenberg, 2015 Fulbright and Yenching Scholar



Rhodes and Mitchell Personal Statement Policy

The Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships do not allow applicants to receive any editorial help on their personal statements.

All applicants must add the following statement at the conclusion of their personal  statement and before their signature: “I attest that this personal statement is my own work and is wholly truthful.  Neither it nor any earlier draft has been edited by anyone other than me, nor has anyone else reviewed it  to provide me with suggestions to improve it. I understand that any such editing or review would disqualify my application.”

All institutional endorsements must include something explicitly to this effect: "I am knowledgeable regarding the institutional practices of [name of institution] in connection with applications for the Rhodes Scholarship. To the best of my knowledge and belief, [name of institution] has provided no editorial review of the applicant's[or applicant's name] personal statement."

General Advice

Joe Schall's advice on the Penn State website

Scott Henderson's advice on the Furman website

Commonly Misused Words and Phrases

Chronicle of Higher Education Articles

"Helping Students Tell Their Stories" by James M. Lang

Writing Consultation Appointments

Appointments for help with personal statements for scholarships/fellowships as well as graduate school applications are available at the Newnan Academic Advising Center. Call (734) 764-0332 to schedule a consultation.

Sweetland Peer Consultants

The Sweetland Peer Writing Consultant Program provides undergraduate students from across the University with an opportunity to assist fellow U-M undergrads with their writing. Sweetland-trained peer writing consultants offer traditional face-to-face consulting at our main Peer Writing Center (Angell Hall G219) and satellite offices (Duderstadt Center, Lloyd Hall, Shapiro Undergraduate Library) as well as online consulting via OWL (Online Writing Lab).