Our approach to application “essays” is not a single, longform essay, but rather five short-answer questions where we try to get to know different aspects of each individual.
Scholarships were my only way out," he told CNNMoney.
Since then, he's been on a mission to help others access the often untapped world of private scholarships.
They helped him go to Drexel University in Philadelphia for free.
He graduated last spring and has some funds left over to use for grad school.
He also came from a low-income family and received a federal, need-based grant, but that was capped at about $5,500 a year.
"For me, it was either I apply for financial aid or I don't go.
It’s not to be wowed, or feel like we need to read the most unique piece of writing we’ve ever seen.
Over my ten years of working in admissions, I’ve probably read over 100,000 essays; after a certain point, there’s just no such thing as a truly *unique* essay.
I'm a playwright, editor, and writing teacher with a focus on arts education.
I got my MFA at UT Austin as a Michener Fellow, a program for young writers that accepts less than one percent of applicants.