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Writing a Scholarship Essay

Current and prospective Metropolitan Community College students can apply for all available scholarships through one application in AwardSpring. Some scholarships require an essay to be eligible for consideration of a particular scholarship.

Scholarship essays can be added to the application any time before a scholarship application deadline. Students who do not submit an essay will still be considered for scholarships that do not require an essay.

Prospective Students (New MCC Students and Graduating High School Students)

New students will need to submit two essays to be considered for certain MCC scholarships:

  • Can you please tell us about a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. What did you do to overcome it, how did it impact you, and what did you learn from that experience? (500 word limit)

  • Can you please describe an issue, purpose, or idea that fascinates you. What makes it so appealing to you, and how have you pursued a deeper understanding of it? (500 word limit)

Current MCC Students

Scholarship essay topics vary for current MCC students. The AwardSpring dashboard will have a list of scholarships requiring follow-up work that may include writing an essay. Most scholarships do not require an essay.

Tips for Writing an Essay

  • Take time to think about the questions being asked.

  • Double check each question to make sure you’re addressing all the parts.

  • Jot down notes in response to the questions.

  • Consider using a traditional essay outline and edit as word limit allows:

    • Introduce yourself

    • Respond to the essay question(s)

    • Close your essay – why are you interested in continuing your education?

  • Proofread and read aloud

  • Contact MCC’s Writing Center for help!

Current students have access to workshops and individualized help at metro campuses and online. Visit the MCC Writing Center website for more information and to make an appointment.

New students may contact Katie Hupp at the MCC Writing Center for guidance and resources, kehupp@mccneb.edu or 531-622-4529

Writing Thank-You Notes

Students are required to write a thank-you letter in the scholarship acceptance form that accompanies a scholarship offer. Scholarships are funded through the generous donations of staff, faculty and community members. Donors give money to the MCC Foundation to make a difference in a student's life. Showing the donors how much their generosity means to you can make the difference in whether they give to the MCC Foundation.

As you compose a thank-you letter, consider including these elements:

  • Greeting

  • An expression of gratitude for the scholarship

  • How the scholarship impacts you

  • Closing signature

Finally, the most impactful thank-you notes describe how a scholarship benefits you.

Please contact the Scholarships Office with any questions about your scholarship at scholarships@mccneb.edu.