Key Club Scholarship Essay Format

Using Key Club in College and Scholarship Essays

Using Key Club in College and Scholarship Essays

by Lam-Ha Dang

For most seniors, the two months of March and April will be two very dramatic, if not climatic, months of the year.  It is the time that most colleges and scholarships release their admissions or award decisions.  As a senior myself, I’ve been through the process of applying and patiently awaiting my letters, hopefully bringing good news, so I complied a  few tips for filling out applications and especially for writing essays. 

Many colleges and scholarships, as you may know, do not look for academically incredible students, but rather well-rounded citizens.  Colleges want to know that besides being a stellar scholar, you are also involved in your community, using what you learned in the classroom to change the world for the better.  They need to know that you will be a positive and unique contribution to their student body and campus.  Likewise, scholarships may emphasize community service and leadership, but that does not mean a great academic background will not help.  Be sure you place academics in top priority.

Luckily you are a Key Club member, so you have many expriences to draw from when presenting yourself to the judging panels.  Obviously, you have showed that you care about your community and a leader at school, but that is not enough. 

+There is a reason why it’s called a “personal essay.”  You can log 500 hours of volunteer work, but if you fail to show how it has effected you, your application will not be as competitive.  Be sure to show how community service has effected you as a person and your goals for yourself.  Provide analysis, not just as series of assertions.

+Be specific.  Rather than talking about community service in general, pick an experience that has left a huge impression on you or clearly shows your character.  There are many ways to approach this: pick an experience that you’ve learned from or had an interesting or important “ephiphany.”  Pick wisely because the readers of your essays are professionals.  They can notice undertones and nuances very easily.  Sometimes it’s just these little details that will undermine your application or set you apart.

+“Write from the heart.”  As corny as it may sound, writing honestly will definately set you apart from the hundreds or even thousands of applicants.  Because your experiences are unique, your essay will be unique as well.  It will be much easier for you t0 write something that is true and honest than something made up.  The essays I like the most are those that were very very raw and open. 

+Show how you will apply what you’ve learned and experienced in the future.  Many scholarships will ask this question specifically, but even if they don’t, be sure to include this information somehow.  I find it to  be a nice way to close your essay.

+Many scholarship pair community service with leadership.  Think of leadership from many perspectives.  You do not have to be a “Vice President” or “President” of a particular club or organization to be a leader.  Before talking about your leadership experiences, be sure to define what you think a leader is.  This gives the reader some context and implicitly tells them how you were a leader. 

+Use quotes.  I found this to be very helpful when writing my essays.  Quotes frame your essay and thoughts.  For the reader, it might clear up some confusions because they could allude to the quote for better understanding.  Don’t restrict yourself to just famous quotes.  Pick quotes that have real value to you and relevance to the essay topic.  If a quote from another language clearly describes your thoughts, use it!  Even write it in the original language and translate it.  This implicitly tells readers that you are in touch with your heritage and are culturally aware.

+Be explicit.  Judges have a limited time to read your essays.  Don’t try anything too fancy because they won’t have time to understand it.

+Answer the question.  I can’t stress this enough.  You may have a wonderful fantastic well-written essay, but if it doesn’t answer the question they’re looking for, judges will perhaps (most likely) disregard it.

+Have someone else read it over.  You may understand perfectly what you mean, but to others it might be clear as mud.  Another person might catch nuances that you missed.

+Give yourself plenty of time to complete the essay.  Make multiple drafts and/or essays.  I found myself writing several essays for the same prompt.  You’ll be surprised because you’ll end up using all of them somehow.  Get the essay prompts early if you have to.  Free-write over the summer or at least have ideas.

These are the tips for now.  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.  I’ll try to answer them next time.  Happy writing and best wishes!


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The Florida District of Key Club International scholarship recipients will be notified by April 5, 2018 when their names are announced at the 2018 Florida District of Key Club Education and Leadership Conference. All scholarships will be provided as cash awards in the form of a check sent directly to the college and/or the student in August.

The Scholarships Committee encourages that you join the Remind 101. Text @flscholar to 81010.

Recipients of the 2018 Key Club Scholarships must complete and return this Scholarship Recipient Information Form.

 


Who Is Qualified for the Scholarship Program?

 

A Key Club member who:

  • Has been an active Key Club member since 11th grade (with the exception of the G. Harold Martin Outstanding Club President Award) and is in good standing.
  • If applying for the Governor’s Project scholarship, volunteer work directed towards this project.
  • Has paid dues and appears on Key Club International’s Membership Report.
  • Is a graduating high school senior (with the exception of the G. Harold Martin Outstanding Club President Award).
  • Is a college, university, technical, or vocational school-bound student.
  • Has a grade–point average of at least a “B” or the equivalent of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Has attached an official high school transcript with an explanation of the grading system utilized.
  • Has attached an official document that explains the community service hours the applicant has received through Key Club.
  • Submits the general application to Scholarships Committee Chair Robin Moscovitch at scholarships@floridakeyclub.org by February 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

 


Scholarship Information

 

District Education and Leadership Conference (DCON) Program Ad Scholarship

Description:This scholarship will be awarded to college bound seniors from a club that sells at least one page ($175) in District Conference program ads. Leftover funds from the ad revenues will be designated for more scholarships.
Application Type:General Application
Deadline:February 28, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000 per scholarship
Number Awarded:

Number awarded depends on amount collected on program advertisements. At least 1 scholarship will be provided.

 

The Ellie Gander Scholarship

Description:This scholarship will be awarded to a member of Key Club in Division 1 of the Florida District of Key Club International. In addition, the scholarship will be awarded to college-bound seniors who demonstrate the strongest qualifications per the general application essays and recommendations, as well having discovered the heart to serve, answered the call to lead, and accepted the courage to engage which defines Key Club service leadership.
Application Type:General Application
Deadline:February 28, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000 per scholarship
Number Awarded:

Varies

 

Governor’s Project Scholarship

Description:This scholarship will be awarded to a member of Key Club International who has placed his/her efforts into the Governor’s Project, The HEALTH Project. The HEALTH Project is an initiative to alleviate the various effects of poverty within our district and improve the general health and well-being of our communities. The recipient of this award will be a person who has clearly served their home, school, and community through this service project.
Application Type:General Application (including additional essay)
Deadline:February 28, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000 per scholarship
Number Awarded:

1

 

The Florida Key Club Endowment Fund Scholarship

Description:This scholarship from the Florida Key Club Endowment Fund will be awarded to college-bound seniors who demonstrate the strongest qualifications per the general application essays and recommendations, as well having discovered the heart to serve, answered the call to lead, and accepted the courage to engage which defines Key Club service leadership.
Application Type:General Application
Deadline:February 28, 2018
Amount Awarded:$2,000 per scholarship
Number Awarded:

9

 

Distinguished Club President and G. Harold Martin Outstanding Club President Scholarship

Description:This scholarship will be awarded to the one club president judged the most outstanding among all who meet the Distinguished Club President Award criteria. It is based solely on merit. Funding is provided by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville.
Application Type:Must complete the G. Harold Martin Outstanding Club President Award application.
Deadline:March 7, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000
Number Awarded:

1

Malcolm Lewis Scholarship

Description:The Malcolm Lewis Scholarship for Leadership and Service is awarded to one person who embodies the ideals of Malcolm Lewis, the 1st Key Club International President
Application Type:General Application
Deadline:February 28, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000
Number Awarded:

1

 


Other Scholarships

 

The J. Walker Field Scholarship (Florida Kiwanis Foundation)

Description:This scholarship will be awarded to select graduating senior Key Club members who exemplify the spirit of Kiwanis through their service and prove to strengthen their community in the future. Applies only to colleges and universities within the Florida District.
Application Type:The Foundation provides its own application. Click here for more information and the application.
Deadline:March 1, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000 per scholarship
Number Awarded:

10

 

The George & Ann Langguth Scholarship (Florida Kiwanis Foundation)

Description:This is a multi-year scholarship given to an immediate family member of a current Kiwanis Member who exemplifies Kiwanis’ value of service. Recipient may be a high school senior or already in college. Not limited to Florida colleges and universities.
Application Type:The Foundation provides its own application. Click here for more information and the application.
Deadline:May 15, 2018
Amount Awarded:$1,000 per scholarship, may be awarded to a recipient up to a maximum of 4 consecutive years.
Number Awarded:

Varies

 

Nancy M. Liddell Scholarship (Brock Communications Foundation)

Description:This scholarship is for students having experience with neuro-muscular diseases such as MS, lupus and other similar diseases who show a genuine use for this aide in achieving a higher education.
Application Type:Requires a 1500 word essay and a one page maximum recommendation from an educator that speaks to readiness for college courses and workload. More information such as the essay prompt can be found at www.brockcomm.com/foundation/. Materials should be emailed to lisabrock@brockcomm.com.
Deadline:TBA
Amount Awarded:$500

 

Southern Housing Scholarship Foundation

Description:Qualified students attending Florida A&M University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida State University, Santa Fe College, Tallahassee Community College, and University of Florida will be awarded scholarships in the form of rent-free housing to live in one of twenty-seven, furnished scholarship houses that are adjacent to their college campus. Must apply for the George & Ann Langguth Scholarship.
Application Type:The foundation provides its own application. Click here for more information and the application.
Deadline:May 15th, 2018
Amount Awarded:$500
Number Awarded:

114 Housing Scholarships

 


Questions?

 

Contact Scholarships Committee Chair Robin Moscovitch at scholarships@floridakeyclub.org.

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