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With the ever increasing costs of college tuition, we understand that the “American Dream” is getting harder to obtain. Many students leave school buried in student loan debt, which takes them years to climb out from under. As former law students ourselves, we know just how much time, dedication, and money it takes to become a practicing lawyer. We understand and would like to help. USAttorneys.com is pleased to announce that we will be holding an “USAttorneys.com Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest”. The essay winner selected will receive a $500.00 scholarship.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE:

Any US resident or citizen that has been accepted to, or is currently attending, an accredited American university or college  (checks will be made payable to the college)

HOW TO ENTER:

Any student who fits the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the USAttorneys.com Immigration scholarship. To enter, the student must submit a 800 to 1000 word essay on ANY of the following topics:

  • How many kinds of visas are there?
  • Which visa allows you to work in us?
  • How do you get a visa?
  • How does a visa work?
  • What is visa type?
  • What visas are available for USA?
  • How do I get a visa to work in the USA?
  • Can Mexicans work in the US?
  • H-1B, H-1C, H-2A, H-2B, H-3         Temporary worker visas
  • I    Foreign information media representative
  • J-1   Exchange visitor, when certain conditions are met
  • K-1  Fiancé of a U.S. citizen
  • What is a visa to travel?
  • How do you get a visa for USA?
  • What is the purpose of having a visa?
  • What is a work visa called?
  • What is an immigrant visa?
  • How much does it cost to get a working visa for USA?
  • How long does it take to get an immigrant visa?
  • What is the difference between an immigrant visa and a green card?

 

Your essay should be written in either APA or MLA format.

Please include the city and state where you live in the essay.

For submission, simply email your essay as an attachment, in PDF or Word format. Please include your full name, school you will be or are attending, and contact information to [email protected]

Student’s information will NOT be provided to any third party sources.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:

The essay submission deadline is 12:00 midnight EST July 1, 2018. Essays will then be reviewed by the USAttorneys.com Scholarship Committee and the winner will be announced July 15, 2018 on the USAttorneys.com website. The winner will also be notified via email.  USAttorneys.com will be holding this essay competition every year, twice a year, for the foreseeable future.

Future dates: The fall scholarship deadline will be July 1, 2019 at midnight.

SELECTION PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION:

All essays received will be reviewed by the USAttorneys.com Scholarship Committee. One winner will be chosen for each academic semester – one winner for the fall semester, and one winner for the spring semester. The winner will be determined, then announced on the USAttorneys.com website. The winner will also be notified via email by the USAttorneys.com Scholarship Committee.

Winner of the February 1st 2017 Scholarship is Alexis O’Hanlon – Southern New Hampshire University.

Winner of the July 1st 2017 Scholarship is Gabriel Allec Mathis Willis – Yale University.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS:

The scholarship funds awarded are to be used for tuition and books only. Once awarded, a check will be written to the recipient’s school of choice and credited for academic costs.  Recipients are only eligible to receive the scholarship once during their lifetime.

QUESTIONS?

Any questions on the scholarship essay contest can be directed to: [email protected]or call (954) 357-0894

Good luck and we look forward to reading your essays!

 

Terms and conditions

Only original articles with citations and original titles will be considered for the contest. By submitting your essay to the USAttorneys.com scholarship contest you are hereby giving permission to USAttorneys.com to use the entirety or segments of your essay for articles, citations, and any other works as USAttorneys.com sees fit.

 

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Essay introduction analysis

Essay prompt

Tell us about your experiences as a New American. Whether as an immigrant yourself, or as a child of immigrants, how have your experiences as a New American informed and shaped who you are and your accomplishments?

Feel free to discuss how individual people (such as family or teachers), institutions, aspects of law, culture, society or American governance made an impact on your life as an immigrant or child of immigrants. The program is especially interested in understanding and contextualizing your accomplishments, be they personal, professional, or academic.

Essay prompt impressions

This prompt seems almost as vague to me now as it did when I applied back in Fall 2009. My experiences as a New American? How they shaped who I am?

Once I took a step back, I realized that the vagueness of the prompt—and this is true of almost every college and scholarship essay prompt—presented a great opportunity. I could effectively write any essay and somehow link it to being a New American.

Before I show you my essay's introduction, let's take a look at an example of how most applicants would approach the prompt above:

Typical opening paragraph

Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by mental health difficulties. This curiosity likely developed from my own experiences with Tourette Syndrome. Around the age of 9, I exhibited facial and bodily tics that concerned my parents. These tics also made me the laughing stock of my classmates, which ultimately made me embarrassed.

Analysis

This opening is very straightforward and provides information without the reader having to envision anything. It barely appeals to emotions, and it seems very robotic. Let’s compare that to what I actually wrote.

My opening paragraph

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was quite the troublemaker. My parents often recall how I used to wreak havoc in and out of the house, hiding or misplacing important bills and cookware and playing in the dirt.  However, their concern peaked when I was eight years old and unable to control my facial and bodily tics.  Soon thereafter, I became the target of ridicule from classmates, who would stare and laugh at me while imitating my tics. My ability to stay focused in the classroom was greatly impaired, as my struggle was not limited to the impulse to tic but also to a lack of understanding about my disorder. Even my father contended that I was exhibiting signs of “mental retardation.”

Analysis

Do you think committee members would be interested in an applicant who calls himself a troublemaker in the first sentence?

Probably! A bold sentence breaks up the monotony from the many essays committee members read in one sitting.

Your child will get bonus points just for ridding them of boredom. Committee members will also be eager to find out how your child was a troublemaker.

The second sentence provides some humor with hyperbole (imagine little me "wreaking havoc") and quickly juxtaposes one form of "problem" behaviors (e.g., hiding important bills) with truly concerning symptoms of Tourette Syndrome.

I could have started the essay by writing about "receiving a Tourette Syndrome diagnosis at a young age" and how that was difficult for my parents and me. Instead, I created images in the readers' minds of my youthful misbehavior, exhibiting tics and being laughed at. These real world examples appealed to the readers' emotions instead of making them yawn.

The first paragraph also kept the focus on me. Students very often start essays talking about others because they find it difficult to talk about themselves. Remember that the reader wants to know about your child. Your child will have opportunities to focus on others elsewhere in their essays and throughout their application.

Typical second paragraph

Despite the challenges my family and I faced, I decided then that I would channel my experiences with the disorder to positively influence the world. I had no specific plan at the time and was too busy focusing on how to fit in and achieve good grades.

Analysis

The first sentence of this paragraph does a decent job transitioning from the previous one. However, rather than developing thoughts, building imagery, or demonstrating any qualities, the paragraph reads like a list. Contrast this with…

My second paragraph

I clearly remember the day my mother and I finally visited a pediatric neurologist when I was 11 years old.  Within minutes, I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS).  At the time, my parents did not fully understand the effects this uncommon disability would have on our lives. Despite my youth, I somehow knew TS would significantly shape my world and future goals.

Analysis

Again, I depicted a scene of my mother and me at the doctor's office receiving news about Tourette Syndrome and my reflections. This beats saying "I was eventually diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome.

My parents had a difficult time accepting the diagnosis, but I was relieved to know that I had a diagnosable medical condition." That would have just "told" the reader what happened, rather than painting a picture and creating a cliffhanger.

Typical third paragraph

My goals of fitting in and achieving good grades reflect the ideals my parents impressed upon my brother and me. Specifically, having fled war-torn Lebanon in 1977, they sought a more stable life in the United States. They believed we could achieve this through education. My hard work resulted in admission to UCLA as a premed student, putting me on track to fulfill my parents’ wishes.

Analysis

I’ll keep this short because you’re probably starting to see the trend here.

All of these typically-written examples give the reader everything upfront.

Is this how captivating books are written?

Imagine if the Hunger Games trilogy were written like this: “The rich people in the capital oppressed everyone in the outside districts. This led to resentment and eventually to Civil War. Despite the Capital’s best efforts to overpower the masses, the rebellion proved to be successful. The End.”

Would the trilogy sell more than 65 million copies in the US alone?

My third paragraph

My parents fled Lebanon in 1977 and settled outside St. Louis, Missouri. After the harrowing experience of witnessing his mother’s death during a grenade attack on their home during the Lebanese Civil War, my father decided that the country was unsafe to start a family. Unfortunately, life in the United States was not without its difficulties. Features like my parents’ dark, thick hair, characteristic of many Armenians, made them targets for racial slurs and prejudices. For these reasons, my parents hoped that my brother and I would benefit from living relatively structured, stress-free lives. Having internalized my parents’ wishes, I attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a pre-med student. 

Analysis

Here, I begin to develop my story about my family background, how it influenced my parents' hopes for my brother and me in the United States, and one way in which it impacted my academic career.

This paragraph very specifically addresses the part of the prompt about "how individual people (such as family or teachers), institutions, aspects of law, culture, society or American governance made an impact on [my] life as an immigrant or child of immigrants."

The rest of my essay goes on to describe various academic and community experiences that steered me towards psychology, as well as serving underrepresented individuals.

Final thoughts

The analyzed paragraphs provide concrete examples of how your child can write a compelling college essay by developing a story to demonstrate their positive qualities rather than listing attributes and achievements.

Many of my students feel that they don't have a good story to share or that they're not unique or special in any way.

The way I see it, every single person in this world is different from me, has experienced different things, and has interpreted these experiences in different ways.

Given how unique your child is, writing an interesting college essay has far less to do with what they've specifically experienced or accomplished. Rather, it has everything to do with how your child presents themselves.

In other words, your child is interesting, and they can write an interesting college essay.

My requests

If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends, family members, and child's school.

Finally, please contact me if I can ever support you or give a free presentation—in person or online—at your school or organization.

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