Headland Hope Scholarship Essay Outline
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Friday, January 27, 2017

7th and 8th grade students may use the following outline to help them write their essays for the Headland Hope Scholarship.  Remember, the essays must be typed and uploaded to the application.  Deadline for application is March 1, 2017. 

Hope Scholarship Essay Outline

Use these questions to get you started:

  • Think about your future plans/goals.
  • What do you want to do when you graduate high school?
  • Do you want to go to college? Where? Why?
  • What do you want to do when you finish college?

Sample Outline


Introduction Paragraph (4-5 sentences)

  • Personal story or reasons why you want to go to a certain college or have a certain job
  • State 3 goals (example sentences: I plan to take duel enrollment classes in high school and work at a doctor’s office. I want to go to UAB and major in Biology. I want to become a doctor.

3 Body Paragraphs (6-8 sentences EACH, each body paragraph should be about a goal listed in the introduction paragraph)

  • Include specific details and reasons why*
  • First sentence of each paragraph should have a transition word to connect it to the last paragraph
  • For example 1st body paragraph: First, I plan to take duel enrollment classes in high school. 2nd body paragraph example: Next, I want to attend UAB and major in Biology. 3rd body paragraph example: Finally, I want to become a doctor.

Conclusion Paragraph (4-5 sentences)

  • Restate your overall goal
  • Leave the reader with an impression
  • Talk about how winning this scholarship will help you achieve your goals

*Make sure you explain why these goals are important to you

**If you have any questions or comments, please email me at sshipes@henryschools.org, cmoore@henryschools.org, ctew@henryschools.org

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