Interviewers have very limited information about you. Typically, they know nothing at all. They just see your scholarship application.
At this point, you can introduce yourself. However, do not forget why you are there. You are there, because you want to get a scholarship. Therefor, you should introduce yourself like someone who needs one. What does it mean?
- Do not talk about expensive hobbies, such as playing tennis, going to dancing classes, traveling around the country.
- Do not talk about good jobs of your parents, or successful careers of your relatives, if they have any.
In fact, in your answer you should be focused on two things:
- Your dream to be able to finish the college and have a good life one day
- Your financial situation, that is not good at the moment and does not allow you to follow your dream
Do not play too much with the emotions
Some applicants become very emotional at this place. After all, it is not easy to talk about such things in front of unknown people. But I would suggest you to keep your composure and bet on facts and numbers. Just say you are an ordinary guy who would love to study and become useful for society one day in this field, and follow with the hard facts why you are unable to make it on your own.
After all, you can mention some hobbies you have and something about your family, but it all must correlates with the fact that you need a financial support for your studies. Please, do not forget on it.
My name is Michaela, I am 19 years old, passionate about medicine, especially neurology. I consider my personal calling to help to cure people with neurological diseases. In my family, two people have this problem and that is the reason why I am so close to this field. I spend my free time learning about it and I also try to do non-profit activity in this field, visiting patients with heavy diseases. However, I can not follow my desire fully on the college without help, because I have little money and my parents are just laborers, who can not support my study.
I am John, I am from Green River. My family make a living as farmers, we have big family and all of us have to work on the fields in our free time, as we can not afford to hire any employees. Times are tough. I like to live there and to help my parents all the time, but at the same time, I dream about becoming educated and follow my dreams. However, I am not able to make it on my own and that is the reason why I am here applying for the scholarship.