My major question is: I want to write about my extensive experience with animals, and how its taught me things about the world most people don't get. I've had many handicapped animals and that alone has taught me never to treat a disabled person differently just because they are different. (and that's a lesson A LOT of people never learned apparently!) I just don't know what topic to classify that under. Would it be?: 1.) Evaluate a significant experience and its impact on you 2.) A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community. 3.) Topic of your choice. Secondly, I need some guidence and information about the scholarships that are out there, which I cannot get from councelors at school. My mom makes 20-23K a year, and my dad is just drawing disability, but won't contribute. (They are divorced, and I don't ever see or talk to him - my choice, not his.) The only college's I'm apply to are: 1.) Rhodes College - Memphis, TN 2.) Eastern KY University - Richmond, KY 3.) Murray State University - Murray, KY There has to be a lot of scholships out there for people with fantastic grades (3.7 gpa. I've taken mostly honors and AP Classes, but they count as regular grades at my school, not weighted.) I've never been in trouble at all, not even a detention, and I have low income. Plus, apparently I'm geographically desireable to out of state colleges. Today, I got a phamplet about the National College Match, but I don't want to go to the 25 schools they cover. However, they have a Rural Award Scholarship "For a student from a rural area in the US who demonstrates a desire for opportunities that may have been limited or inaccessible in a rural environment." That describes me perfectly, and there has to be other scholarships out there like that. Can you help me with any of this?