Dear 100 Hour Board,
I have to write a biological sketch for the BYU scholarship application. What does a biological sketch consist of? What was yours? How do I be creative?
As far as I know, it's a brief outline of your life. What you like, what you've accomplished, challenges you've faced, etc. My submission may have been boring, but I got scholarships when I wasn't a new transfer student.
In an effort to make it unique, mine referenced famous book quotes, because reading has always been very important to me. For instance, mine started out something like this: ”It is a truth universally acknowledged that a BYU man lacking the ability to tie his own ties must be in want of a wife. So reader, my mother married him, and I was born five years later. Call me [Luciana].”
Like Ento, I too got a scholarship upon entering BYU, and I was honestly really proud of this biographical approach, because it allowed me to share boring information about my life in a context that at least I hope was enlightening and creative. I’m sure the BYU admissions panel reads thousands of these sketches, so finding a unique approach couldn’t hurt, but, as Ento points out, it isn’t strictly necessary. Just let your enthusiasm for BYU shine through, and I’m sure you’ll be fine.