Overview: Each year, millions of students apply for institutional and private scholarships. Prior to the discontinuance of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, we assisted 5 students in writing 8 high quality essays and developing high quality application packages resulting in their becoming 1 of the 1,000 students selected from an annual pool of over 60,000 applicants. While not all scholarship programs are as competitive as being accepted into an Ivy League institution, many scholarship programs receive thousands of applications for the small number of scholarships awarded. Since all students applying to such programs must meet the same application criteria, the decisions are often determined by the completeness of the application, and what is written by, and about the student—the student’s essay and supporting letters of recommendation. This activity, one of the longest, is reflected in five parts: (1) Engaging in an analysis of each scholarship; (2) Planning an approach to writing the essay; (3) Writing the essay; (4) Reviewing the essay; and (5) Proofreading the final application package. An easy to follow checklist will guide you through each part. Each checked box indicates a stronger overall scholarship application package.