Before you get started on your application, determine which type of student you are.
If you have not graduated from secondary school or completed your secondary school examinations, the State of Florida considers you a freshman, regardless of the amount of college credit you may have earned through dual enrollment, AP or IB coursework, or external examinations while in secondary school.
Thus, even though you may have sophomore or junior standing once you enroll and your credits are transferred, USF will review your application for admission as a freshman and consider you for all freshman admission scholarships. You also are considered a freshman if you have completed your secondary school studies and have attempted fewer than 12 college credits.
If you fall into this category, please follow the Freshman Requirements and Deadlines when submitting your application.
If you have graduated from high school and earned 12 to 59 transferrable credits, USF considers you a lower-level transfer applicant. You are an upper-level transfer applicant if you have obtained 60+ transferrable credits. Before you apply, please determine whether you are a lower-level or upper-level transfer applicant and be sure to review the appropriate application requirements.
If you fall into this category, please follow the Transfer Requirements and Deadlines when submitting your application.
Impactful Personal EssaysPersonal essays explain who you are, why you are applying, and what you plan to accomplish with the award. Essays are your chance to convince the panel why you deserve to be a scholarship recipient.
Successful personal statements follow the guidelines below:
• Engage: Your essays should reflect YOU. It is important draw your reader into your essay and compel them to feel connected to your story and your future. Writing is a solo act, but the result is intended to be shared.
• Envision: Convince the reader you are a perfect fit for what you propose. How does your academic background and professional experience align with the vison and legacy of the award? Why is this opportunity the logical next step toward your goals?
• Excel: Write clearly and succinctly to communicate your story. Be proactive and begin researching and writing early to allow time for feedback and essay revisions. Utilize ONS advisors and other resources to polish your writing.
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