Getting useful examples on how to write a scholarship essay

The scholarship essay is what will truly make or break your case for why you are the best applicant in the field. You need to follow these steps in order to show the scholarship review committee that you are the best candidate for the scholarship.

  • Step 1: Double check that your essay fits the theme of the scholarship.
  • If you are applying for a scholarship that is given out for outstanding community service, you might have listed all of the community service organizations you were a part of, and all of the awards you have received for the projects you completed. But if you write an essay on how you think the homeless people in the areas you worked need to find jobs instead of sitting on the sidewalk, no matter how well written it might be, it is not in line with the scholarship theme. It does not go hand in hand with your application. You do not want to send a conflicting message as this will result in the scholarship going to someone else.

    So look over your essay and make sure it fits the theme. How is this done? Think back to why you applied for the scholarship originally. In reality the theme of the essay you write is determined by the reason the organization is giving the money away, or the purpose of the award.

  • Step 2: Find the underlying question and answer it.
  • Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked one question but thought the person was really asking something else? Maybe it was your mom asking you to tell you about your new friend Amelie politely, but in reality she wanted to ask why you were spending so much time with a girl who had 12 piercings and 12 tattoos at the age of 15. In many situations the essay question given by the scholarship committee is not the real question. It is not the underlying question. If a scholarship essay question, for example, asks you to answer why you want to study business, what they are really asking is why you are the best person for their award, why you want to study business and what you will do in the future if you are given this hard-earned award.

Remember to look for the underlying question and address it in a well crafted manner. This will help you stand out among the crowd.

Posted by August 6th, 2014