Throughout its history humankind asked itself this question and constantly tried to answer “no”. The idea of sentient living beings who are not people is present in writings of historians, geographers and other scientists for as long as the science itself exists. Mermaids, cynocephali, various bizarre species of beastmen, antipodes: all of them were embodiments of this dream. In course of time, the limits of the known Universe expanded and it became known that no such creatures existed. The only place to seek for non-human life now is other planets. Is there any hope for finding it?
Writing had always been one of my strengths, but it was challenging to take that initial step past the high school, five-paragraph essay form that constricted my ideas for so long. Moving past this form, however, has greatly opened my mind. My thoughts are now able to be more complex because I have learned how to sustain a logical argument in an organized manner. My writing has become increasingly more concise and I no longer have room for added "fluff" or "padding." Another improvement is my ability to point out multiple complexities within a text, instead of sticking to one-sided arguments in my papers. Furthermore, learning how to find peer reviewed journal articles and order books through interlibrary loan has significantly widened the scope of my research, which has lead to more scholarly papers with credible references. My writing is so much more interesting than it used to be.
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.