Sample Scholarship Essay/Personal Statement (Nursing Student)
I am a junior in the UM-Flint nursing program, and I believe that my chosen profession will enable me to fulfill my desire to help others, to expand my knowledge base, and to travel. Throughout my life, I have participated in extracurricular activities, including valuable volunteer experiences. I have striven for academic excellence, always managing to work to provide some of my basic educational expenses.
While in high school, I took challenging courses, such as advanced placement English and calculus, physics, and chemistry. I enjoyed the arts and was involved in art, band, and choir. I was able to maintain an excellent GPA, allowing me to graduate with honors.
In addition to school related activities, I am involved with my local church. I teach a class of 3-6 year olds. I have participated in community cleanup, nursery day, and choir. I feel that by participating in community-related activities I am setting a positive example for the children.
Although education plays a significant role in my life, I am involved with many other activities.
During high school, I was an active member of several clubs, and served as treasurer and president. I frequently tutored middle school students. I enjoy the arts and participated in many performances; often involving travel to other parts of the United States. I belong to the National Student Nurses Association, and I have volunteered my time to inform individuals about what nursing involves. I have also done community work, such as blood pressure screening, and offering information for those at risk for hypertension and diabetes.
Until recently, I worked 16-20 hours a week to provide for educational expenses. Presently I work eight hours a week in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hurley Medical Center for premature infants.
I have faced many challenges, balancing work and school, and I have willingly given my time. My goal is to become a registered nurse so that I can perform tasks that clients cannot do for themselves. I know that when I reach my goals, I will be able to provide something meaningful to all of the patients.
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