Understanding the Application

We're excited to see you apply!

Everyone has a different story, and we want to hear yours.

Think about the application as an opportunity to reflect on where you’ve been and where you want to go from here. What opportunities and challenges have you sought out? How are you spending your energy to improve the lives of other people?

On writing

Clear writing will help you get your point across. Try to keep your sentences short, avoid unnecessary words, and use active verbs. The thesaurus is not your friend! You can read your essays out loud to hear what they sound like.

More importantly, be yourself. You’ll need to confirm that the application is your own work and has not been edited by anyone else. While you can seek general advice, we want you to tell your story in your own words.

On personal growth

Your application may show that you have room to grow in one or more areas outlined in our selection criteria. Don’t worry – that’s normal and expected. Think about the McCall MacBain Scholarship as a chance for you to build on your existing strengths and address those areas that are less comfortable for you.

About the application

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