Scholarship Portfolio Instructions

Senior Scholarship Portfolio Information
 and Check-Off List

The purpose of the Senior Scholarship Folder is to meet the needs of local valley sponsors who wish to assist students financially in their education.  The process is as follows:


  • Students must complete their scholarship folder and turn into their counselor for revision or submission.
  • Scholarship sponsors will review the folders and make a selection.  Many sponsors will also request an interview with students before making their selection.


Confidentiality:  These folders will be maintained as a confidential file for the use of the school scholarship committee and scholarship donors who may wish to review them.

NOTE: The local scholarship folder does not serve the purpose of all local or national scholarships.  During the year there will be other scholarships announced in the bulletin which you must pickup the counseling Counseling.  There will be two types of scholarships you will be picking up:  1) scholarships you will mail yourself and 2) those you return to the Counseling Office.  Please understand that by completing the Scholarship Folder does not guarantee you a scholarship.  It serves the purpose of allowing local sponsors to review your folder for scholarship consideration.  This folder does NOT cover you for all scholarships announced.  Do not limit your scholarship search by just completing this packet!  Senior students should review the daily bulletin for scholarship updates as well as visit the Counseling Office.  Scholarship workshops will be conducted by DMHS Counselors in the months of Sept-Dec.   *Remember scholarships are NOT GUARANTEED

 Scholarship Folder Check-Off List 

_____ 1.          Picture:  form #1, wallet size or slightly larger to be placed on cover.

_____ 2.          Personal Data: form #2, to be fully completed.

_____ 3.          Activities Record, form #3

_____ 4.          Personal Essay:  form #4 gives you a description of what you must include in your essay.  You must include all six paragraphs in order to qualify. Have your counselors review your essay and scholarship folder before submitting.

_____ 5.          Letters of Recommendation:  form #5 to be given to individuals who will be providing your letters of recommendation.  You must include the following: one letter from adults in the community not connected to school; two letters from teachers, counselors or school administrators.  You must have at least 2 letters of recommendation in your scholarship folder.

_____ 6.          Transcript:  when completing #1 through #5 you must request an official transcript from the Registrar and include it at the end of your folder.


Your packet should be one-sided on plain 8 ½ x 11 white paper.  All items must be turned in at the same time; applications will not be accepted incomplete.   Teachers who request confidentially may turn in rating forms to the Counseling Office prior to the deadline.    


Desert Mirage High School

Writing Your Essay for Local Scholarships


               As part of the scholarship folder, you are asked to submit a personal essay.  The essay allows you to share important information about yourself and to identify your skills and abilities that, together with your educational and career goals support your ability to succeed at a university.  It is to your own advantage to submit a thoughtful, well-organized, concise and grammatically correct essay that conveys your interest, experiences, personality, and future goals.


            We have included an outline of the topics to be covered in your essay.  There is no right or wrong way to describe yourself, though this outline may help you organize your thoughts.  You are not bound to these five topics.  Your essay may include other thoughts you feel are important to mention, though it is recommended they be added to the recommended topics in order to give scholarship sponsors the information they need.


 Personal Background

Introduce yourself and describe your family, school and community.  Mention factors that encouraged you to pursue higher education (e.g. an influential family member, teacher, school courses, and members of the community or exposure to a certain career).


 Your Academic Training

Discuss your academic training.  What courses were particularly challenging to you?  What courses would you have liked to take if they had been offered?  Include any significant experience, courses, or knowledge, you acquired outside of school which contributed to your preparation for university work.


 College Aspirations

Discuss why you want to attend university. What do you see as the value of a university education?  Have you selected a field of study or career you are interested in pursuing?  If so, how did you become interested in this field and what have you done to develop your interest in this field?


 Career Aspirations

Do you have an occupation in mind? If you have not chosen a career, you should discuss your academic area of interest as well as the career that you would like to research.



Summarize your educational goals. You may wish to include any special circumstances the scholarship sponsors should be aware of when considering your application such as family or financial hardship.