Course Content and Outcome Guide for WR 105

Course Number:
WR 105
Course Title:
Writing for Scholarships
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Course Description

This course is part of a new learning community designed to help students get scholarship funding for college. (This will help our own students pay for PCC classes as well as pay for funding a transfer to a university.) WR 105 deals specifically with writing essays and other written communication required in the competitive scholarship process. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 115 or instructor approval. Corequisites: Concurrent enrollment in CG 105. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This course will include information and activities relating to the OSAC (Oregon Scholarship Association Commission) scholarships process targeting Oregon residents.  

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate ability to:
  • Identify purpose and audience for specific scholarship essays
  • Evaluate essays for clarity and quality
  • Write and revise effective essays for competitive scholarships

Course Activities and Design

Activities will include lecture and discussion, in-class and out-of-class writing, essay review and critique, and essay revision. Students will conference with the instructor outside of class by arrangement.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The instructor will assess the student using in-class and out-of-class writing assignments, group discussion and individual conferencing. Assessment methods will include:
  • Written and revised short essays demonstrating self-analysis and audience analysis
  • Discussion of audiences for scholarship essays
  • Peer review of essays for effectiveness
  • Utilization of appropriate scholarship submission formats (e.g. formal letter, on-line submission form, etc.)
Additional assessment methods may include presentations, portfolios, and/or journaling.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

General composition concerns such as: audience, purpose, process, style and mechanics. Self-analysis relevant to competitive scholarships including evaluating academic and life skills, career plans, community involvement, etc. Persuasive writing for targeted academic and financial audiences. Effective delivery of written scholarship application materials.