Texas Tech University

Personal Statement

Through a personal statement, you introduce yourself; it reflects your personality and intellect. It is important that you read each question carefully and make every effort to understand and respond to it with well-considered responses and in a persuasive manner.

Write a Personal Statement

  • The most important part of your application
  • Your only* chance to tell the scholarship committee why you deserve the award – what they know about you is what you tell them
  • Highlight what makes you unique
  • Be confident – own your identity
  • Show how you represent the award's aims
  • Answer all of the questions asked
  • Respect the word limits!

Reflection Questions to Help Jump-Start your Personal Statement

  • What is your story? Think about what makes you unique
  • What part of my story do I want to tell? Think Strategically
  • Would I like the person who wrote this essay? (This is usually the goal -- an interview!)
  • Does the applicant offer a clear, detailed, and engaging narrative of his or her past experiences?
  • Do these experiences relate to the applicant's goals and the interests of the fellowship?

Resources for Writing a Personal Statement