Scholarship Essay Upload


Your scholarship essay should be no longer than two typed pages, double-spaced in 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides. Essays that are not formatted correctly will not be accepted. No exceptions will be made. The HCC Foundation will not make corrections to your essay! 

Your essay must discuss all of the following:

  • Your background, including any struggles or successes;
  • Educational and career goals;
  • How a scholarship will help you achieve your goals;
  • Why you deserve a scholarship; and
  • Any personal information that you want to be considered.

If your essay does not meet the exact formatting requirements as stated above, it will not be accepted.  After the deadline, there will be no corrections accepted.  Please make sure to follow all directions the first time.

You can improve your chances of receiving a scholarship by writing a strong essay! Please review our section Tips for Writing a Strong Essay for assistance

Your essay must be typed into a word processing document. Do not upload a Zip, XML  or PDF file! It will not be accepted.  Before uploading your essay, please make sure that your document file name contains your first and last name. For example, Jane Smith would name her document in the following manner:

Microsoft Word: janesmith.doc
AppleWorks: janesmith.cws
Rich Text Format: janesmith.rtf

Please do not email or call to ask if your essay was received.  To check on your status, please log back into the HCC Foundation's website occasionally.  We update the status of applications at the end of every business day. 

To upload your essay, click on the "UPLOAD ESSAY" button on the lower right of this page. You will be taken through the steps to complete the upload. Please note that the essay should not be written in the "description" field of the upload form.  If you do not see the "UPLOAD ESSAY" button, check the top part of the web page to confirm that you are logged in to the site. You can only upload an essay if you are logged in to our system. Most issues with uploading an essay arise from not logging into the website.  If you are logged in and still having issues, please close all web browsers and log back in.  You may have been logged out due to inactivity, but it is not yet reflected at the top.

Only one essay will be accepted by the HCC Foundation. Please do not try to change your essay after you submit it.  Once your essay is downloaded by the HCC Foundation, it is coded as received and cannot be changed.  Any changes or different essays uploaded after that point will not be accepted.

In order for your essay to be submitted by the May 3rd 2:00 p.m. deadline, you must click upload by 2:00 p.m.  Accessing the upload screen on May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. will not guarantee your essay will be received.

DO NOT UPLOAD MULTIPLE ESSAYS INTO THE WEBSITE.  If you do not see the essay below after you have uploaded it previously, it is because our system is changing to accomodate the number of essays being submitted.

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