an odd course. Translate this statement and tell me who said it.Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK A General questions & plans for the future ♦ How did you become interested in your major? ♦ What influenced your choice of this major? ♦ How did you become interested in your focus area? ♦ Have you traveled abroad before? If so.C. and C. Please define B. Nixon had defeated Kennedy in 1960. I'm always suspicious of applicants who need to go all the way back to high school to find someone who can say something good about them. do you think people make history? And if so. and C. What is one classical novel you recently read and did not like? ♦ I see your transcript includes ______ (a low grade.E. where? What have you learned in your travels? ♦ What have you learned about yourself as you've been a student at XXX? ♦ What do you hope to accomplish while at graduate school? ♦ What are your educational/academic goals? What are your future career plans? How do you plan to use your studies to achieve your future career plans? ♦ What would you do if you didn't receive the fellowship? ♦ What do you envision yourself doing in 10 years? ♦ What will you do with your degree in the long run? ♦ Why will this scholarship help you in your career goals? Hooks from application--Know your application & review your essays ♦ You wrote in your application that you read poetry.. A. What do you say to that? ♦ Your adviser wrote that you did significant research on Dean Acheson and three Ambassadors to Yugoslavia.C. What kind of poetry do you read? Who's your favorite poet? ♦ You said you like reading classics.D. ♦ One of your advisers has written a lot about health care policy.E.. ♦ How would you be a good _______ as a ______ Scholar? ♦ What can you tell me about the person this scholarship is named for? Questions about recommendations and choice of recommenders ♦ Your high school principal wrote one of your recommendations. and if so. ♦ I see in your application that you're fluent in ______. etc.). Tell me about this.E. discuss if history would have been different if Stevenson had defeated Eisenhower in 1956.1. Do you agree with his ideas.E. Which do you prefer and why? . After doing this research. how should these ideas be implemented? ♦ One of your letter writes uses B.C.. in one sentence. B. and Dukakis had defeated Bush in 1988.

what would be your plan of action? ♦ The ambassador asks you to write a cable about human rights in country X. foreign policy. ♦ What is the biggest change you would make in government to improve its ethics? ♦ If a patient with late stage Alzheimer's had written a document requesting that his life no longer be supported. Lots of poor people are working now.Research/Topics in your field--Be prepared to talk about your work and that of others ♦ I saw in your application that you intent to ______.)? ♦ If there is an attack on the embassy where you're serving. do about the War on Terrorism? ♦ Do you believe in state sponsored assassinations. and if not. What do you say? ♦ What should the U. what about in the case of Hitler? ♦ Welfare reform seems like a good thing. U. unilateralism/multilateralism. What do you think? ♦ Name what you think are the top five diplomatic achievements in the past decade. How would you go about completing this task? . ♦ Do you think everyone in America deserves healthcare? How should we provide healthcare to the poor? How specifically can we encourage private industry to participate? ♦ I recently read about ______. ♦ What can you tell me about globalization (or AIDS. when they weren't before.S. listen to opinion discussion shows. of some successful studies in this field? ♦ Can you explain exactly what techniques or methods your propose to use in your research? ♦ What do you think will be the big thing happening in your field in the next ten years? ♦ Tell me about your honors thesis topic and describe the research methods you propose to use in your research. ♦ Is there anyone you would specifically like to work with? Current events or hot political topics--Read a good newspaper. Can you give us some examples. outside of your own research. What can you tell me about this? ♦ What do you think is the big thing happening in ______ in the next ten years? ♦ Do you think that a financially powerful nation could effectively alter the cultural norms of another nation? ♦ What are your thoughts on US interventionism? ♦ You have one minute to tell the Prime Minister of India how to end religious violence. what would you do? Follow up: What level of abuse in the system would be enough to stop euthanasia: 10 in 100 or 5 in 100? ♦ Explain the importance of basic science (or some other topic) as if you were talking to a group of lawmakers.S. etc.

yet your university does not have department of X. favorite contemporary political leaders. Please describe your most meaningful leadership experience and explain why it was most meaningful. and why did you like it? ♦ How would you define life? And what is your position on abortion? What is more important-someone agreeing with you on these issues or someone figuring out their own stance on these issues? ♦ What is your "Top 5 " list for the following? Favorite novels. favorite historical political leaders. favorite non-fiction books. what would you want it to say. as opposed to in two or three years? ♦ Is there anyone that you are specifically looking forward to working with? ♦ You say you want to study for a PhD in X. so be ready. religion or somewhere else? ♦ If someone was writing your obituary. doing research. Where does this desire come from? Your family. ♦ What would you do if you won a billion dollars in the lottery? ♦ You have a strong desire to give back to the world.Questions about a student's choice of university and degree choice ♦ What graduate schools/programs have you been accepted into? ♦ Why do you want to do postgraduate study now. Which service project are you most proud of and why? ♦ I also assume you've been involved in some leadership experiences. How are you qualified for this? ♦ You say you want to study for a PhD in X. favorite movies. ♦ What kind of music do you listen to? ♦ What is a novel or book that you've read for pleasure recently and like. How are you qualified? Questions about your personality or how you spend your time ♦ What do you do for fun when you're not studying. ♦ Do you have anything else to add? ♦ Why should you be one of the 10 people to get this scholarship? . yet the majority of your preparation is in Y. and what work of literature would it quote? ♦ What is your philosophy on service that keeps you dedicated to it? They may give you an opportunity to say whatever you want. In what areas do you think you can improve? ♦ I see you've done a lot of community service. or performing community service? ♦ I see you've accomplished some amazing things in your short life.

Restrict it to education and leadership related performances only. The interviewer would expect you to introduce yourself by name. Working too hard can be listed as a weakness. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake. To become a doctor and serve the people or to eradicate a particular disease would add shine to your speech. Your inspiration : It is important to have an inspiration in a scholarship interview. Give an answer similar to the weakness question. family information. Receiving an award would be a great achievement. Who is your favorite president? Why? : This is a question to test your knowledge about presidents and to verify information based on your inspirations. area of interest and your reason for being here. investment related ad autobiographies. Interviewers expect you to be inspired by former presidents. List out your strengths. Pick two books closely related to the major you have applied for in the university. You should see yourself in a high position serving people. Quote a situation where you have proved that you have learnt from the mistake. be watchful while listing weaknesses. school. : A tricky question. A free to talk question. Lots of books are available in stores that contain inspirational values. Explain the gist of the book when asked. Do you learn from mistakes? Give an example. What has made your principal give a reference letter favoring you? : Tell about your qualities and performances that impressed him. Your favorite book : If you want to be a leader. Showcase any performance that you feel may impress the interviewer. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK B Remember to knock before you enter. Select one and read it completely.  Tell me about yourself : This is a question common to every interview. Tell us about your goals : Speak only about goals that are related to your study. : This is actually a tricky question and certainly not a place to display your mistakes. This is a good time to talk about a school function you led and executed successfully. What are your strengths and weaknesses? : Similar to the first one. Your biggest success : Interviewers get into the actual interview with this question. Why do you think you are the right candidate to receive scholarship? : Explain your ambitions and goals with faith and confidence. Be confident in answering this question. you need to have a favorite book. You are in a bookshop containing personality development books. This aspect also helps in preparing for the interview speech. sportspersons or war heroes. Pick two.            . How do you see yourself after 10 years? : Similar goals.2. interviewers expect a fluent answer.

The judges won't know if Tiger is your role model because he's a good golfer. know that person's shortcomings (and how he or she doesn't let it interfere with success) since you may be asked about that as a follow-up question. but it is very impressive to see that you are also taking steps to minimize and perhaps overcome that weakness. Use a particular instance to illustrate your strength so that the judges can see what you mean. What you say about the importance of reading the book is indicative of your interests. What kind of results have come from your leadership? Why do you do it? Help the judges understand why you believe this to be your strength. But what will really prove this to the judges is an example. Certainly. you aren't sharing much about yourself. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging a failing. What is your greatest strength and weakness? It's easy to say that your strength is that you work hard. be honest—but realize that it's important to show what actions you are taking to address what you consider to be a flaw. Describing how you organized something or motivated a group of people is just as impressive as any official title. Remember that you don't have to hold an official title or elected position in order to show leadership. What the interviewer really wants to learn is who you are. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK C How have you been a leader or displayed leadership? When you are asked to explain your leadership capabilities. whom you admire says something about you. . you don't want to only list off a bunch of titles and positions. What is your favorite book? Don't give a book report when you answer this question. Citing concrete accomplishments like getting half of the dorm to participate in a scavenger hunt or giving toys to more than 200 families also helps the interviewer gauge the significance of your achievement. No matter whom you choose as a hero. So be careful to explain your role model choice. In other words. When talking about a weakness. Instead focus on a specific leadership position or activity and give enough detail to show the depth of your commitment. a Stanford graduate or something else. You must share incidents that show how you have led. It's not enough to say that you have leadership qualities.3. be sure to know enough about him or her to explain what specific quality you want to emulate. Also. their intent is to learn something about you through your answer. Who is a role model for you? When interviewers ask this question. you want the interviewers to believe that your weakness will not keep you from being successful as a college student. If you just say that your role model is golfing superstar Tiger Woods but offer no explanation.

If you are asked why English is your favorite subject. The more details and specifics you can give.beliefs. Ask yourself what specifically made you relate to a particular character. . It is better to explain why the college's features are important to you. It's fine to say that your favorite book isCharlotte's Web or Green Eggs and Ham. If it is applicable and appropriate. give more than "Because I like it" or "Because I'm good at it. Be sure to give a lot of detail and explain the significance of the experience. the better. walk the interviewers through the thought process you went through when selecting the college. What's a meaningful academic class. What's important is not your book choice but why it is meaningful to you. project or other experience? A question like this is a great opportunity to showcase an impressive project or achievement. give reasons or examples for your selection. Don't state the obvious. you can speak about a writing competition that you won or the reading marathon that you started. This will help them understand what is important to you and it will also show them how seriously you considered your choice of a college and the education you hope to attain there. Also don't feel that you have to select a classic. likes and dislikes. When answering a question like this. ask yourself if your selection made you think differently or compelled you to take a certain action. This is a good springboard question that you can expand to bring your impressive achievements into the conversation. describing the well-known assets of the college. Why did you choose this college? This is an excellent opportunity to reveal something about yourself through your answer. When thinking about which book to choose. Use your answer to show a little more about you by stating why the project or class was meaningful to you and give examples of incidents that were memorable. You don't want to be a tour guide. goals. select a subject or project that relates to the scholarship since it will help demonstrate why you deserve to win the award. But the interviewer is trying to understand why you like what you like. What is your favorite subject in school and why? It would be easy just to name a favorite subject and leave it at that." You can also use a question like this as an opportunity to talk about an achievement or award. If you can. explain how you plan to make use of the facilities. If you say that your favorite subject is English. Instead of saying that you chose the school because of its research facilities.

If you think you've already left a strong impression. If you are applying for a writing award. Tell me about a mistake that you made and what you learned from it.    What is the mission of the organization offering the award? Who have they given the award to in the past and why? Who are the judges? . Be sure you are very well informed about the organization. For scholarship interviews. 4. If you've forgotten to speak about something or a topic never came up during the conversation. whether for scholarships or employment. then you don't have to say anything. this is the time to make a final statement. now is the time to say so. Instead of telling all 12 clubs that you are a member of. This will be more meaningful to the selection committee and will better capture their attention. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK D It is impossible to predict exactly which questions you may be asked in a scholarship interview. but it is possible to prepare yourself by working out answers to some of the more common questions that get asked in interviews. be sure to highlight activities that match the goal of the awards. speak about your medical-related experience. Is there anything else you want to add? Don't be shy about bringing up something important that the interviewer didn't ask you. studies or volunteer work. Make the activities relevant to the interview committee. If you are applying for an award in medicine. Use this question to bring up a strong point or two that weren't discussed. select a handful in which you've made significant contributions. speak about your journalism experience. The last impression you leave is often the strongest. Next. But if you think you need to reemphasize an important point.With what activities are you most involved? Fight the urge to answer this question by spouting off a laundry list of activities.        What are your greatest strengths? What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? Tell me about a personal achievement that makes you proud. Know these answers cold. Write down the answers to these questions. Who has influenced your life and why? Why would you be an excellent recipient of ___ scholarship? These are the basics. think specifically about the scholarship award that you are seeking.

it is always appropriate to make sure your clothes are clean. Familiarize yourself with the working of a steam iron and press your clothes even if the tag says they don't require ironing. However. they fit correctly. depending upon the specific situation. and there are no loose buttons or hanging threads. Finally. For example. If you need a haircut. . If you are a nail biter. What is it about your application that made you a finalist? Use this information to develop responses that you may be able to introduce into the discussion to provide the content that you would like to be sure that the judges hear from you. if you are a finalist in a scholarship competition from an environmental group and you believe that your volunteer work on the local Conservation Commission was key to your selection as a finalist. invest in a professional manicure or even a set of acrylic nails. get a haircut. prepare yourself to make a good impression. It may or may not be advisable to wear a suit or dress. Select your interview outfit with care. consider finding examples from that experience to highlight your strengths or describe lessons you have learned.

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