What is a personal statement? It is one of the three components of a scholarship application, the other two being your GPA and your letters of recommendation. The definition of a personal statement should be understood literally: you tell about yourself from the perspective of your eligibility for the scholarship. Importantly, your personal statement should not repeat the information that is already included in the other two components of your scholarship applications. There are two reasons for that: first, you just don't want to irritate your admissions officer by repeating the same information, and second, you are limited to 1000 words which must be used with care and efficiency. So, what should be included in this part of scholarship application?