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Sample Personal Statement

Osher Reentry Scholarship, Application –2007

Scholarship Support provided by The Bernard Osher Foundation

  1. Use this section to explain any financial hardship or obstacles you have faced in pursuing your education. Max. 150 words.  Do not exceed the space provided below.

    When I began college in 1997, I was eighteen years old and a single mother.  I attempted to go to college, work part-time, and raise my daughter.  Although I was under a great deal of stress that first semester, I pushed forward with my studies.  Unfortunately, my part-time job did not allow me to make ends meet.  I could hardly pay my bills and was facing eviction.  In my heart, I knew that something had to give.  I decided that I needed to take a break from school to get back on my feet.  My current employer has a flextime policy, and, thus, I have been able to return to school while working full-time. (128)

  2. What motivated you to come back to school? Max. 250 words.  Do not exceed the space provided below.

    My greatest motivation for returning to school is my daughter.  She is now ten years old and I would like to instill in her the importance of a college education.  I hope to lead by example and show her that despite all obstacles she can achieve her dreams.  I know that she looks up to me, and, if I can accomplish my dreams and goals, she will see the many possibilities that are in front of her.  I feel that surrounding her with the college culture while she is still at a young age will encourage her to seek out a university when she is in high school.  I want to make sure that there is no doubt in her mind that she too will attend college.  Another motivation for returning to school has been my inability to obtain a decent job without a degree.  In the interim period between school enrollments, I have worked for numerous employers.  The only way for me to move up in the ranks and improve my earning potential is to acquire a degree.  With my degree, I will have more mobility in occupations and believe that this will provide me with stability.  I never want to go back to where I was ten year ago and I now will do everything in my power to thrive. (223)

  3. Discuss your career goals, what you hope to contribute to your desired profession and how long you plan on working after finishing your degree. Max. 150 words.  Do not exceed the space provided below.

    With my degree in Sociology, I plan to create a non-profit organization that supports young, single mothers to complete their education whether it is a high school diploma or GED and to continue on into higher education.  I feel that through my personal experiences, I can contribute an in-depth knowledge of what these mothers need and create a program to support them.  For example, I plan to provide financial support to the mothers as well as daycare service so that they can focus on their energy on their college classes.  I plan to work as long as I am physically able to do so.  My dream is that my non-profit organization will continue even after I am no longer at the helm. (122)