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In Modules 2-4, we learned about the complete writing process and the steps necessary to write a clear, concise, and enjoyable to read document

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In Modules 2-4, we learned about the complete writing process and the steps necessary to write a clear, concise, and enjoyable to read document. As we have progressed through Module 5, we have been learning how to plan and write professional communications that inform and persuade. For this writing assignment we will apply all of our learning toward writing a persuasive essay.

Imagine that you are applying for an Excelsior College Alumni Scholarship.  You will write an essay that not only describes yourself and your educational and career goals but applies what you learned in Module 5 on persuasive writing to convince the Alumni Scholarship Selection Committee that you should be the individual chosen for the scholarship being offered. (Note: Because this is a persuasive essay, it is preferred that you use first person language for this writing style.)

For this assignment you will compose an essay by going through the writing process step-by-step to develop your final reflective essay paper.  This will include:

  • Pre-writing - thinking about your messages and what you want to convey;
  • Writing a first draft - capturing all your messages; and
  • Revising and finalizing - using the tools you learned in Module 3 and feedback from your Smarthinking tutor to revise, edit, and proofread your paper. 

In Module 5, you will go through the pre-writing phase and write a first draft.  In Module 6, you will go through the revising, editing, proofreading, and finalizing steps to finish your essay.

Your paper should include the following elements, with are each explained fully in at least one well-developed paragraph. 

  • Introduction: Provide a short introductory paragraph/thesis statement. In this paragraph, introduce yourself as a student and professional (or new professional) to the reader. For example, share your degree program and area of study/interest, and how long you’ve been in school. You might also share what you are currently doing for work, for how long, etc.  In your introduction refer to why you are writing the essay and offer a summary statement as to why you should receive the scholarship.
  • Goals: What are your career and/or future educational goals? How will your degree help you with your career, educational, or personal goals?
  • Challenges Overcome: What challenges did you face in going back to school or being successful in school?  What strategies did you use to overcome these challenges?
  • Benefits of Scholarship: Describe how an Excelsior scholarship would be helpful to you with your current degree program or a future program.  Here you want to be convincing as to why you should receive the scholarship above other applicants.    
  • Conclusion: Provide a persuasive concluding paragraph that shares what you have learned about yourself through writing this essay, why you think you would be a qualified recipient for a scholarship and your vision for the future after earning your degree.

By the end of Module 6, you will submit a final essay that addresses all of the essay elements. Your essay must also include the following:

  • An accurately APA formatted title page with your name and all APA required elements.
  • Length of 3 - 4 double-spaced pages.
  • A thorough proofreading before you submit.

Compose your work in a .doc or .docx file type using a word processor (such as Microsoft Word, etc.) and save it frequently to your computer. For those assignments that are not written essays and require uploading images or PowerPoint slides, please follow uploading guidelines provided by your instructor.

Check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. When you are ready to submit your work, click “Upload Submission.”  Enter the submission title and then click on “Select a file to upload.” Browse your computer, and select your file. Click “Open” and verify the correct file name has appeared next to Submission File. Click on “Continue.”  Confirm submission is correct and then click on “Accept Submission & Save.”


This course has Turnitin fully integrated into the course dropbox. This means that you should only submit your assignments to the dropbox below. Please do not submit your assignment directly to    

Once submitted, your assignment will be evaluated by Turnitin® automatically.  You will be able to view an Originality Report within minutes of your first submission that will show how much of your work has been identified as similar to other sources such as websites, textbooks, or other student papers.  Use your Originality Report as a learning tool to identify areas of your assignment that you may not have cited appropriately.  You may resubmit your assignment through this dropbox as many times as you need to check to see if you have made improvementsuntil the due date of the assignment. However, once you have made your first submission, you will need to wait 24 hours after each subsequent submission to receive a new Originality Report.  Plan accordingly as you draft your assignment.  Once the due date has passed, your assignment submission will be considered final. 


This assignment will be graded using the HSC310 M6A1 Persuasive Essay Rubric located on the Course Rubrics page within the Start Here section of the course.  Please review the rubric prior to beginning your work so that you ensure your submission meets the criteria in place for this assignment. This assignment is one of the shorter course writing activities, which are collectively worth 30% of your overall grade.



Completion of this assignment assesses the following outcomes:

  • CO5: Produce various forms of professional communication including e­mails, memos, executive summaries, and reports for diverse audiences.
  • CO8: Research and write a paper that uses audience-appropriate content, is well organized, and correctly applies writing mechanics. (General Education Outcome)

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