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Scholarship Essay Writing Tips

Scholarship Essay Writing Tips

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Scholarship Essay Writing Tips
Most scholarship applications require students to submit an essay. Typically, thisessay is autobiographical in nature. Scholarship committees that have a varietyof similar applicants look to the essay to differentiate students. Therefore, asuccinct, coherent, and interesting essay may be what distinguishes you over another candidate. The following information is essential in writing a successfulscholarship essay.Consider the Topic
 
If the essay is asking you to address what motivated you to declare your major, your future career goals, or information that will help reviewersmake a well-informed decision, DO NOT submit an essay you wrote for your English class simply because it fits the word limit requirement.
 
Think of the essay as a scholarship interview. The major difference is thatyou do not have the opportunity to convince the committee to give you thescholarship in person, you must convince them with your essay.Prepare your Facts
 
Think about each question the topic is asking and make an outline to fitthe topic.
 
Make a list of your achievements/accomplishments (both academic andother), community involvement, leadership positions or other roles youhave served in organizations, etc.
 
Make a list of your personal characteristics including your strengths,weaknesses, and any obstacles you have overcome or are currentlyconfronting.
 
Determine 3-5 key pieces of information you feel the committee shouldknow about you and have concrete examples to support and demonstrateyour claim.Writing the Essay
 
Begin with a strong introduction. The committee will have a lot of applications to review and not much time to read them. Be sure your introduction draws in the reader and compels them to learn as much asthey can about you in the subsequent paragraphs.
 
Be personal. Make sure the committee can assess what type of personyou are, what motivates you, how have you made your mark on the worldthus far, etc.
 
Be specific. Cite concrete examples. DO NOT simply tell the committeeyou are a leader; give an example of how you have been able todemonstrate leadership.

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