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09/04/2019

How to write a scholarship essay?

QUESTION
How to write a scholarship essay?
This is a scholarship website that I chose to write my scholarship essay on …. http://www.petersons.com/common/article.asp?id=2867&path=ug.gs.advice&sponsor=1 …. any advice? I really dont have any idea on what to write about..

ANSWER
Mimi:

Writing a scholarship essay depends a lot on what the prompt is. The most common essay prompt asks applicants to describe their educational goals and career aspirations, but that’s just one of many possible topics that scholarship committees come up with.

The key to writing a good essay is to try to keep it “fresh”. Don’t focus on writing what you think the committee wants to read and don’t try to guess what you’re “supposed to say”. That stuff has already been beaten to death – and no one wants to read the 30,000th essay that sounds like one of those airheaded pageant contestants: “I want to be a speech pathologist so that I can help disabled people live normal lives.”

Write honestly, and talk about your dreams (if that’s what the essay is supposed to be about.) It’s okay to admit that you’re not quite sure what it is that you want to do – in fact, if you say that you’re really looking forward to college because it will provide so many opportunities to explore so many different paths – that’s a good thing. That’s much more refreshingly honest than “I want to go to school to become a doctor so I can discover the cure for cancer”.

The page that you’ve linked has a lot of good advice. Be concise, don’t ramble, and don’t fall into the trap of making a ‘list’ of all of your good qualities. Pick two or three things that are really special about you, and focus on nailing those. You can’t do justice to the “story of your life” in 500 or 1000 words, so concentrate on your best qualities and your most precious dreams.

I hope that helped. Oh, by the way – when you’ve written something, put it aside for a day or two, then read it again. Don’t be embarrassed to show it to your English teacher(s), your parents, your counselor and anyone else whose opinions you trust.

Good luck!