Share Your Story
                College Essay Scholarship and Book Project

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The deadline has now passed


The Share Your Story submission deadline has passed. Low-income students have submitted over 4,500 college essays. We are currently reading and judging the essays, and will select the eight most excellent submissions for scholarship awards and the top 150 for publication in the Share Your Story book. Students will be notified of scholarship awards via email and funds will be disbursed in late 2012/early 2013. Students will be notified if their essay is a finalist for book publication in the spring of 2013. 

We apologize for the delay in this process. The response has been so overwhelming that our target deadline for scholarship awards has passed. We plan to disburse the funds in January, 2013


The idea for Share Your Story was borne from my college counseling work at a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. While helping seniors brainstorm for college essays, I discovered that most of my students had no idea how to answer or structure typical college application essay questions about their lives, dreams, inspirations and accomplishments. The many existing “How To” essay books commonly include personal statements by students from high socioeconomic backgrounds about topics that were foreign to my students. Once the writing process evolved, my students’ essays told stories of their lives – funny, sad, terrifying, challenging, and inspiring. They all ended with the same theme – the students’ goals were to attend college and forever change their futures.


I realized that I was in one of thousands of schools across the country filled with students of different cultural backgrounds but similar demographics. A compilation book of the top college essays written by these students, as well as a brief bio of each young author will provide a valuable, inspiring reference resource for students and educators. Aware of these students’ need for college funds, I included a scholarship component with the program.

Feel free to contact me with any questions via our email address: 


Julia Moody Share Your Story, Los Angeles

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