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09/04/2019

If a scholarship essay say max. 1000 words, how many words should you write?

QUESTION
If a scholarship essay say max. 1000 words, how many words should you write?
Like 600-700? I don’t want to write too little I was just wondering whats acceptable…
Thanks

Also any tips would be nice!

ANSWER
Emily:

No one is going to count the number of words you wrote.

If you can say something meaningful that is short, succint and COMPLETE, it won’t matter if you only used 100 words.

If you blather on for 2 pages to get up to 1000 words, no scholarship judge will ignore the fact that you’ve been wasting paper.

The only reason that the committee provides a limit is to discourage long-winded applicants from relating the story of their lives. Your job is simply to effectively answer the question, demonstrating three things:

1) that you can write well, and you understand how an essay is laid out

2) that you can marshal your thoughts and create a compelling, well reasoned essay

3) that you’ve obviously given some thought to your goals and aspirations, and the role that a college education will have in enabling you to achieve those dreams

If you can do those things in 380 words, and your essay creates a solid, well-written ‘whole’, then you’ll get credit for being such a focused writer. If it takes 750 words, that’s fine, too. Feel free to use all 1000. But don’t fill space and count words.

Good luck on that scholarship!