UMass Boston

Scholarship Resources

Additional Databases

Essay Writing

If you are looking for guidance with your scholarship essays please take a look at these links:

  • Essay Information - Personal experience brainstorming and general essay writing techniques
  • Statement of Purpose - Hints for essay writing success in three parts: brainstorming, selecting a topic, and writing the essay

Recommendation Requests

When requesting a recommendation you should follow a particular protocol:

  • Make an appointment to go over the details involved with your recommendation request
  • If possible, request a generic reference that can be used for multiple scholarships and job opportunities
  • Give the faculty member/reference writer sufficient time to complete reference – three weeks is the norm – and give them a deadline.
  • Provide the writer with a postage paid envelope.
  • Give the person guidelines for writing the reference.
    • Provide them with something from the scholarship, if applicable.
    • Provide them with information about you – your strengths, activities, resume or research proposal.
    • Let them know about community work/related jobs you have done/held outside of the classroom.

Beware of Scholarship Scams

“If it seems too good to be true it probably is.” Scholarship search services cannot guarantee you a scholarship.

Got a Scholarship??

Please let us know if you receive a scholarship! We would love to learn about your successes and encourage other students to follow your lead.