Reaching Our Goal Essay Scholarships

 

LiveCoach is the largest online coaching platform in the world.

Coaching can be applied in all the areas of life, and we have so far witnessed numerous people changing their careers, love lives, and reaching personal goals through coaching. Since coaching inspires us, we have decided to set up an annual scholarship competition aimed at students.

We truly believe anyone can benefit from coaching, so we didn’t set a limit on where you have to be from. By enrolling in our program and writing an essay on reaching a goal, you will have the chance to win $2,000.

How to apply:

Write an essay that’s at least 1,000 words long telling us about the time you’ve reached a very important goal. Alternatively, you can write about a goal you are trying to reach now or some time in the future.

Send the essay to scholarships@livecoach.io with a subject “Reaching a Goal Essay”

We require:

-That you haven’t won the competition last year
-That your essay is of the desired length and saved in PDF format
-That you can prove you’re currently enrolled in a school (we’ll check this)

We promise not to share your info with any third parties unless we have your permission. You agree to let us share the article you sent on our website.

The deadline for this project is December 20, 2017. We will be announcing the winner on the same day. The winner will be contacted for details about receiving the prize.

We know that students have to navigate a complex stack of skills required in order to be successful, and so we admire students who have reached ambitious goals, despite not having all the resources and support at this early stage of their professional careers. Building the right relationships is very important for student success. That’s why we offer relationship coaching that students can access for free for 7 days. Another area students often struggle with is finances. Applying for financial aid, or even choosing the profession that will allow students to accumulate enough wealth to reach their material future goals can be tricky. Our excellent wealth coaches can be found in our wealth coaching section.

Finally, whether in an academic context, or in the context of working for industry, no skill is more important and underdeveloped as communication. We have some of the best coaches that will help students with communication coaching. Students can use their 7 day free trial to talk over phone or video with as many communication coaches as they want for free.

The bow on your essay doesn’t have to be beautiful. It just has to tie things up.

So far, we’ve discussed finding your story and starting your essay in this series. Now, it’s time to confront the final parts of the essay: stating your goals and wrapping it all up with a nice little bow.

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THE GOALS

If you recall, the “goals” paragraph is the section that comes after you’ve told your story. This is where you segue from the details of the story (and your explanation on how this particular story has shaped your ambitions) to discussing, more literally, what your goals are for the future.

By now, the scholarship provider should have a sense of what has motivated you to this point. They should have a sense of who you are. Hence, it should be super easy to convince them that you are passionate enough to achieve your goals.

Talk about what goals you’ve accomplished thus far and what you want to accomplish in the future. Do you want to get an advanced degree such as a Ph.D. or master’s? Do you want to start a company eventually? This is where you can be quite literal. It’s OK to type sentences like “After earning my bachelor’s degree in ____, I will work toward my goal of _____.”

Super important point: When writing about your goals, use strong phrases like “I will” as opposed to “I hope.” Saying “I will” shows the scholarship provider that you are determined to accomplish these goals. “I hope” is much more passive.

THE WRAP-UP

In all honesty, this section could be four paragraphs or less. Don’t worry about concluding in some poetic fashion if you are stuck. Remind them of your story and express how much winning the scholarship will help you to achieve your goals.

Here is an example of a wrap-up, which draws upon the example sentence I used in a previous post:

“Becoming a nurse will be my way of giving back to society. Winning the _________ Scholarship would provide much needed financial support as I continue to better myself and my community. This scholarship will help me to attain the skills and training necessary to make a difference in people’s lives, and never again will I be a passive observer in a life-threatening situation.”

Obviously, you can write more, less, or something totally different. I just wanted to illustrate that the wrap-up doesn’t have to be glamorous or extremely profound and complex.

There you have it! I’ve now fully equipped you with everything you need to write a winning scholarship essay. Still not feeling confident? Share your essay thoughts below, and I’ll give you some feedback.

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