A useful guide on how to write scholarship essays

When you start writing your scholarship essays you will learn very quickly that there are a lot of other students who are vying for the same scholarship as you and who can write as well as you can. So how to you write a scholarship essay that is worthy of the review boards’ attention?

Firstly you make sure to follow the rules and guidelines. Remember that few scholarship programs out there will have a strict application form which means that they will require essays in its place. Why? Because an essay gives the scholarship review board a better sense of who you are and what you have to offer. This will let them know why you are a good investment and why they should give you the scholarship money. The essay provides them with more information than a list of completed grades and classes can provide.

These essays are a way for the people reading to level the playing field so to speak. This gives students who come from a variety of backgrounds an equal chance to showcase their skills and win a scholarship.

So when you sit down to write your scholarship essay remind yourself that your writing is what gives you a chance to sell yourself to the review board. It is what gives you a chance to set yourself apart from the other applicants and tell a persuasive story that cannot be overlooked. So how can you do this?

Use these ten tips to write your scholarship essay:

  1. Make sure to read and understand the instructions before you start writing. You do not want to miss out on a scholarship because you did not read the instructions properly.
  2. Think about the subject on which you will write and organize your thoughts prior to sitting down and writing your essay.
  3. Once you organize your thoughts write your outline and make sure this outline touches on every part of the requirements as outlined by the instructions for the essay.
  4. Elaborate on each point in the outline as you write your essay.
  5. Use clear and concise language as you write.
  6. As you state your accomplishments do so without bragging about them.
  7. Double and triple check that your spelling and grammar are both impeccable.
  8. Read over the question and requirements and compare it to your essay to ensure you address every point. Then have someone else review and proofread your paper prior to submitting it to the scholarship committee.

Posted by June 23rd, 2014