How to write a scholarship Essay?
I am having to write a scholarship essay and this is my first time so I don’t know where to begin. I am being asked– “why you are seeking a [name] scholarship and how will receiving it help you met your educational and career goals?”
Now, I know why I am requesting to be awarded for a scholarship [I JUST CAN’T PUT IT INTO WORDS] that will appeal to the president that will authorize the scholarship.
In need to take one class that cost me $1300 dollars (and that’s why I need the financial aid)
Plus, I’ve been struggling for the past 9 years to earn my degree and finally and I am close to achieve it in 5 weeks (and I just don’t want to just withdraw from the college, because I couldn’t finish one simple class)
Plus in terms of my career, the process and experience in going to college, has open my mind in terms of growth personally and I feel good about that, I don’t think I would be the person that I am today without my degree not only to earn my degree in Business Administration, but in personal growth. I want to take what I’ve learned and apply it in my world environment and create a million dollar business.
1. Grab the Reader.
Never underestimate the power of a strong introduction. Look at these two examples of introductory lines. Can you can spot the difference?
Example #1: Strong leadership skills are important for many reasons.
Example #2: November 12, 2004, was the day I lost everything.
Example #1 is vague, impersonal, and boring. But example #2 is personal, specific and intriguing. It leaves the reader interested and wanting more.
Hit the ground running in your first paragraph. This will help your essay for the scholarship stand out from the pack.
2. Re-adjust and Re-use Your Scholarship Essays.
Don’t waste hours writing a different essay for all the scholarship competitions you enter. There are many scholarships out there, and essay topics tend to overlap. With a bit of tweaking, one scholarship essay can fit the needs of several different contests. Recycle as much as you can!
3. Always Surprise.
Imagine that the question is “Who in your life has had the biggest influence on you and why?” Don’t automatically write about your mother or father. Chances are everyone else probably will do that too.
Maybe someone like Gloria Steinem or Superman has had the biggest influence in your life. It may not be 100% traditional, but at least it’s interesting.
4. Follow the Essay Instructions.
Nothing turns a scholarship essay reader off faster than an essay that almost applies to the contest guidelines. Big money is at stake, so make sure you give them what they want!
5. Stay Focused on the Scholarship Essay Topic.
Judges are looking at hundreds, sometimes thousands, of scholarship essays. They don’t have time to read tangents about your pet hamster Phil (unless Phil helps illustrate your main point!). Which leads us to our next topic …
6. Have a Point!
Make sure your essay for the scholarship has one unified statement, or thesis, behind it.
You can look at your thesis as your one-sentence answer to the essay question.
Let’s say the essay question is, “What is a time in your life when you demonstrated courage?” Your thesis could be, “A time in my life when I demonstrated courage was when I helped save my neighbor’s dog from a tornado.” Your essay for the scholarship would support and elaborate upon this statement.
7. Check Your Essay for Spelling Errors.
Bad spelling: nothing “buggs reeders moore.”
8. Avoid Contractions, Such as “Can’t” and “Don’t.”
It’s generally a bad idea to talk to readers as if they are old buddies from the football team. Sure, we’re using contractions right now, but we’re not the ones trying to win a scholarship!
9. Care About What You’re Writing.
Readers can sense when you have a genuine emotional investment in your scholarship essay. When you don’t, your essay is sure to be a one-way ticket to Snooze City.
Remember: Don’t write about what you think you should write about. Write about what interests you.
10. Avoid Redundant Conclusions.
Keep your essay conclusions interesting instead of simply rephrasing—or worse, restating—your original thesis.