Example: Imagine that you want to write a descriptive essay about your grandfather. You've chosen to write about your grandfather's physical appearance and the way that he interacts with people. However, rather than providing a general description of these aspects, you want to convey your admiration for his strength and kindness. This is your reason for writing the descriptive essay. To achieve this, you might focus one of your paragraphs on describing the roughness of his hands, roughness resulting from the labor of his work throughout his life, but you might also describe how he would hold your hands so gently with his rough hands when having a conversation with you or when taking a walk.
Last, a couple of independent groups that don’t write essays and are not colleges or universities.
The Writer's Resource Center has a guide for writing nearly any kind of essay, and examples of a dozen different types. Listed alphabetically, you’ll have to scroll down for the Scholarship Essay sample section.
Study Overseas provides advice for students who want to, of course, study abroad. The page I’ve linked to provides several sample essays. I’ve found samples for the Crabiel Scholarship, . Easley, USA Today and others. You can also read a bunch of successful college entrance application essays.
Free Research Papers offers over a dozen sample essays for various awards, you just have to read around the ads.
Overall, this is an excellent start to a compelling essay. Keep in mind that although the committee allows you to write up to five pages, three double-spaced pages is usually adequate. Feel free to add more detail, but make sure your text is concise and transparent. You might consider "writing" ideas and then "rewriting" them. Too often, authors put ideas onto the page, but do not render those ideas compellingly. Giving your sentences a bit of extra effort, and giving your experiences a bit of extra reflection, will result in a persuasive essay that compliments your accomplishments and character.