Hello. I am applying to WashU and also applying for the merit scholarships. I'm trying to apply to Danforth and Ervin, but I'm slightly confused and couldn't find much information regarding the application for both anywhere. The description WashU provides is basically the same for all its merit scholarships and the prompts are EXTREMELY VAGUE.
For Danforth it says,
1) Write a brief answer (250 words) to the following question:
The Danforth Scholars program is looking for students with a strong commitment to community, and demonstrated initiative in leadership and service. Please share an example of your personal experience as a leader that would clarify why you would be a good fit for this community of scholars.
2)Write a short essay (250-500 words) on the following topic:
What matters to you?
The description for Danforth only says its "looking for students who have demonstrated leadership in service and a strong commitment to community. Danforth Scholars are also known for their academic excellence, personal integrity, and high ideals."
For the first prompt do you think it would work if I talk about being a leader of Model UN at my high school because the prompt says "why you would be a good fit for this community of SCHOLARS" or do I still need to be emphasizing some sort of community service thing? Secondly, "What matters to you" is so open ended and I was going to talk about my leadership in my school's Ethics Bowl club and why ethics matters to again, show intelligence and leadership, but again I'm worried that they're looking more for a community service kinda thing. Although, I'm required to send in an extra rec letter and I'm choosing it to be from the lady I volunteer with at a nursing home so I feel it will be sufficient enough for the readers to see I'm involved with all aspects, leadership, community service, and academic excellence. So my question basically put is: Is it okay that my two essays will be about leadership in academic clubs and that my third required rec letter will be showing I volunteer A LOT or do I need to make both essays about community service?
Final question, what is the difference between Danforth, Ervin, and Rodriguez because I see minor minor minor differences between the essay prompts in the three.