2016 Unigo Flavor of the Month Scholarship winner and tips
We're excited to announce the winner of the Unigo Flavor of the Month Scholarship. The question was, “If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?” Check out the winning essay, followed by scholarship tips from our winner.
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Winning scholarship essay
Condensed milk, cocoa, cream, and vanilla simmer into a genial blend against the tar background of the saucepan. The mixture soon spills into the ice cream maker alongside a handful of almonds and a sizable portion of marshmallows.
As a reward for my culinary efforts, rocky road ice cream soon materializes in front of me. As I greedily attack the frozen creation, my younger sister is momentarily distracted by the white peeking out of the chocolate mounds.
"Are those marshmallow and almonds?" she asks inquisitively.
I nod my head in affirmation.
"Hmm ... you know, you are just like your ice cream," she muses.
"Go on," I encourage, amused.
"Well, some people may think you’re kind of plain — nice, friendly, familiar. The kind of person people turn to for comfort, like the chocolate part of the ice cream. But then your quirks emerge. The marshmallows showcase your gooey, romantic side. Genuinely sweet, but sensitive, and easily impacted by those around you. Then, there’s the almond side of you. You’re dependable and shrewdly intelligent. You’re healthy for those around you — you restore the logic when we become frustrated by our problems. Some people don’t like you because they are scared of anything unique and interesting, but those closest to you can think of no better combination. Like the name suggests, it’s never boring with you in our lives.”
I laugh at my sister’s offhand wisdom and hug her as we continue to contentedly savor our homemade ice cream.
Scholarship tips from our winner
How to find scholarships
Finding scholarships to apply to is really just a matter of taking the time to search the internet for legitimate scholarships that cater to your interests. I began by using the scholarship resources that my high school provided me with and kept applying to any ones that I thought matched my interests and goals. For example, I love creative writing, so applying for the Flavor of the Month Scholarship was a particularly great fit for me. Apply as often as possible to scholarships because you never know when you'll get one.
How to write a winning scholarship essay
In terms of writing essays for scholarships, I always draw from my own experiences and try to inject as much of my own personality into my writing as possible. For essays with limited word counts, it is important to focus on the details in your writing, particularly diction and description, because they will differentiate you from the other applicants.