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Applications & Essays

Many great applications begin with strong essays. Whether the program you're interested in calls for personal story-telling, a leadership essay, or commentary on personal events, ONSF is here to help! 

Check out ONSF's guide to Writing Leadership Essays for helpful tips on how to tell your personal story in a compelling and successful way. 

Advice for Specific Scholarships

More in-depth information about personal statements and application essays can be found on this website, which also provides additional guidelines and tips for numerous national scholarships including: 

Additional student essay tips, including helpful information about what to do after you've submitted them, can be found on the Furman University website.  

TIP: Be mindful of commonly misused words and phrases!

Applications for Programs that Require U-M Nomination

Students applying to scholarships or fellowships that require U-M Nomination should plan to work with ONSF to submit applications and essays.  ONSF offers writing workshops and individual feedback throughout the academic year, so be sure to check the appropriate Canvas site for upcoming dates and deadlines.  

Some programs, like the Rhodes Scholarship, do not permit help with personal statement. Remember to pay attention to specific program application requirements and, as always, if you have questions please email