Thank you for volunteering to help us review supplementary material for this Engineering Scholarship cycle! You are making it possible for us to continue to not only offer our Scholarships Program, but to sustain any future growth. This would not be possible without you!
The Review period will begin on Monday, November 4th @ 12:00pm and will remain open until Monday, November 25th @ 11:59pm.
Some common things to keep in mind:
The first thing to remember is that you are only scoring one small population of the applicants; you may have very strong applicants or a collection of weaker ones. Just try to give the most fair scores you can based on the rubrics provided and keep in mind that there are other factors contributing to the selection process beyond these 2 documents. Because of this, scoring these documents high or low doesn’t necessarily guarantee or eliminate their eligibility.
Please feel free to use the comment box at the bottom of each scoring page if you want to give us any further information beyond the scores. That will only be visible to Student Affairs staff on the selection committee.
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT:
Here is the direction we gave to the students about their essays: “Your essay should be based upon your relationship with the field of engineering. Do not be vague: This is your opportunity to demonstrate your passion for Engineering by referring to specifics from your life: internships, jobs or experiences, etc., that have been formative in guiding you down this path to Engineering. Be specific and give detail. It should be well-written with good grammar and punctuation and follow the formatting guidelines specified above. The strength of your essay is STRONGLY considered. Please do not focus on finances. We understand that many students are in a situation of financial need. However, financial need is taken into consideration when reviewing applications based on data provided by the Financial Aid Office. The committee will not take into consideration finances when discussed in an essay. Do not discuss only your future and/or goals, without any reference to what you have already accomplished: Feel free to discuss your future plans, but be sure your future plans are well supported by past experiences and choices, as described in your essay.”
We did not specifically tell them “we want to see A, B, and C”. This essay is not about how well they answer a certain question, but how well they can communicate. Putting together a well focused, well written essay that discusses a student’s relationship with the field of engineering, why they are here, what they are doing, and where they are going, is a part of their ranking. If they are missing pieces of that, then their essay will not score as high as other students who did. Additionally, students were given opportunity to attend a writing workshop and to bring their essays in for review by the Scholarship Resource Center, all of which was even more detailed about what questions to address for the most effective essay.
THE EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES RECORD
Here is what we told them: “This is not a Resume/CV which reviews and highlights jobs, internships, and research experience, specific duties, and skill sets. The Extra-Curricular Activities Record is your opportunity to highlight and review non-employment/non-research extra-curricular involvement, as well as any specific positions or accomplishments for which you were responsible. List only official clubs or organizations. If you founded an organization/club/etc, please list it. Hobbies such as personal coding projects that are not part of an official club or organizations should not be listed. Jobs and internships should not be listed on the EC either. Employment is an important experience, but not appropriate for your “Extra Curriculars”. Involvement with Engineering related clubs and associations will be given more weight. High school or community college activities (see example) should be listed separately from the UCLA activities as appropriate under “Connecting The Engineering Community to the Public Community” and “Other”. List the most recent involvement at the top.”
We are not requiring a resume because we feel that students should be talking about relative research and job experience in their Autobiographical Statements as a part of the experiences that shaped them and their goals. Students were given examples and we offered a workshop to answer any questions regarding clarification. Keep in mind that some students may be in their first quarter at UCLA and listed extra curricular from their previous school which is what they were instructed to do.
When does the review period start and end?
The Review period will begin on Saturday, November 3rd and will remain open until Monday, November 26th @ 11:59pm.
Each review should only take 15-20 minutes. You can log in at any time and submit scores at your leisure, save your progress, and come back later.