Monday, March 03, 2008


Each year the Canadian College of Family Physicians gives one third-year medical student from each Canadian medical school a $10,000 scholarship. The winner is chosen based on a desire to pursue a career in family medicine, a demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities involving family medicine, electives in family med, research in family med, and family medicine related awards. Two reference letters are also required.

The application involves writing a one-page essay about why one deserves the scholarship. I hate writing things like this. I want to win it, and I think I deserve it, but I think it's hard to seem humble and like a nice person and write all these great things about myself. I also hate actually writing out "I deserve this scholarship because..." so I'm trying to figure out a better way to say that.

I've tried to write this a couple of times so hopefully I'll be able to strike a good balance soon. It's frustrating me!


Y. S. said...
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Xavier Emmanuelle said...

I hope you get it! You certainly seem passionate about family med, and that will probably come across in your application.

Hmmm, okay, for your wording problem:

"I think I make a good candidate for this scholarship because..."

"My work over the past three years demonstrates the values that are consistent with the scholarship criteria..."

Maybe something like that? I'll keep thinking.

medstudentitis said...

Xavier, you're so constructive!!! Thanks

Calavera said...

Oh I hate these sort of tasks as well... It's really difficult to get the balance between getting across how much you deserve this and still sounding modest and fairly humble.

Xavi's suggested some great things above. Let us know how it goes - I really really hope that you get it!