Today, I want to draw your attention to an annual scholarship provided by Dr. Pamela Sharpe, author of Barron’s TOEFL iBT. You might recall that my review of the latest edition called it the best TOEFL book of 2020.

Each year, Dr. Sharpe provides scholarships of $200 to students to cover the cost of taking the TOEFL.  Last year, seven such scholarships were awarded.

You can read about the details on her site (scroll down to the second scholarship), but the process is as follows:

  1.  The scholarship is open to students from all countries.
  2.  Students should have taken the test at least once before and be preparing to take it again to earn a higher score.
  3.  To apply, students must write an essay on the following topic – “What is the best way to prepare for the TOEFL?” and include at least three suggestions.
  4. The essays (along with contact information) should be e-mailed to before the end of September. 

The scholarships will be awarded in October, so students should be planning to take the test sometime after that date.

Personally, I recommend that you take some time to consider your essay.  Ensure that your suggestions are well-reasoned, and try to accurately demonstrate your writing abilities.  Don’t rush!

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