I'm on the naive and most likely fruitless scrounge for postgraduate funding. I have a contingency, and will still be working full-time during my part-time MA so it's not a make-or-break deal but, y'know, every little helps.
The two internal scholarships I'm eligible for both have essentially the same application process, so I wanted a bit of advice about the 'supporting statement' question they share (which is as follows):
I mean, deserving? I'm not totally sure what to say to that. My 'academic excellence' is evident in my grades, so I'm not sure whether to talk about how I triumphed academically against all odds (i.e. self-funded, volunteered, periods of ill health etc... all sounds a bit like a sob story?) or how I'm going to change the world through academic research etc.Please explain why you think you are a deserving candidate for this scholarship based on the criteria of academic excellence (500 words max)
My confusion is also conflated by the fact that one of the scholarships (the better one) isn't departmental - in which case, do I talk more generally about my successes or stay focused on my subject? And for the one where half of the grants are departmental and the other half aren't - again, do I bother to talk about the 'subject' or my grades and experiences in general?
Finally: I don't want it to sound too impersonal. I figure there are lots of people with 1sts and straight As who could write exactly the same application - I want to have a bit of flair to stand out. Any tips on striking the balance between formal and 'dynamic'?
If anyone's brilliant at this kind of stuff and wants to check over my (very rough) draft, please let me know and I'll PM it with an gratitude in abundance.