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Writing Centre Guide: Applying for NSCC Awards

NSCC Student Awards

NSCC offers more than 1,000 scholarships and bursaries that could help you pay for college. While some awards are specific to a campus, program, or year of study, many are open to new, returning, and graduating students.

Most awards are based on a range of criteria:

  • Academic standing
  • Financial need
  • Leadership
  • Volunteer experience
  • Career interests

Writing for Awards: Persuasive & Narrative Writing

Many of NSCC student awards require the completion of essay questions. The following are examples of questions that may be asked on your student award application.  You may be asked to:

  • explain
  • describe
  • reflect on, and/or
  • summarize

your career and educational goals, previous experience, your participation in extra-curricular activities/volunteer work, etc.  You will also be asked to persuade the readers that you should receive the award.

Persuasive Writing is an important part of awards applications.  In persuasive writing, you are trying to influence the reader to agree with your point of view.  In this case, the reason that you should receive the award.  There is a sample essay outline below to help you with your awards application.

When you're writing your student awards essay, remember that it is also ok to use a narrative approach.  Narrative writing allows you to use personal stories and explanations in your writing.  For example, you can use the "first person" in narrative writing.  Here is a resource to help you understand Narrative Writing

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