Members of the scholarship committee have limited information about you prior to the interview. Sometimes they will know nothing at all, and rely on the information they can get while meeting you.
When introducing yourself, you should not forget why you are there. You are there because you want to get a scholarship. Therefor, you should introduce yourself like someone who needs one, and wants one. What does it mean?
- Do not talk about expensive hobbies, such as playing tennis, going to dancing classes, traveling around the country.
- Do not talk about good jobs of your parents, or successful careers of your relatives (if they have them or not isn’t important, just do not talk about them).
In fact, you should focus on two things in your answer:
- Your dream to graduate from the college and have a good life one day
- Your financial situation, one that is not good at the moment, and does not allow you to follow your dream (point one)
Do not play with the emotions
Some applicants become emotional in their scholarship interview. After all, it is not easy to talk about personal struggles, or bad financial situation, in front of unknown people. But I would suggest you to keep your composure and focus on facts, and on numbers. Just say you are an ordinary guy who would love to study and become useful for society one day, and follow with the hard facts, describing why you are unable to make it on your own…. No need for tears, at least not at this point :).
After all, you can mention some hobbies you have, and something about your family, but it all must correlate with the fact that you need a financial support.
My name is Michaela, I am 19 years old, passionate about medicine, especially neurology. I consider it my personal calling to help to cure people with neurological diseases in my country. In my family, two people have this problem and that is the reason why I am close to this field. I spend my free time learning about the subject and I also try to do non-profit activity in the field, visiting patients with diseases in local hospital. However, I can not pursue my dream without help, because I have little money and my parents are laborers, who can not support my studies.
I am John, I am from Green River. My family members make their living as farmers, we have big family and all of us have to work in the fields, as we can not afford to hire employees. It is tough…. I ‘d like to live there and help my parents, but at the same time, I dream about graduating and following my dreams. However, I am not able to make it on my own, and that is the reason why I am here, applying for the scholarship.