The thing is that the one-way winning scholarship essay doesn’t exist. If you gather together all the winning essays, each of them has one thing in common. They are unique. The uniqueness is the key to writing a successful scholarship essay.
Make your scholarship essay exclusive, write about your passions, the things that are only related to you. The judge will see your individuality and guess who will win the scholarship? Yes, that will be YOU!
In this article, you will learn about the main dos and don’ts of your scholarship essay.
DO: Develop your essay as a storyboard
Create an outline. When you start to write a story, you don’t hope that eventually, it will make sense. That’s why you have to think through carefully every part of your story (beginning, middle, and end). Write about interesting moment of your life, the things that influenced you a lot, and why. What were the reasons of your nowadays preferences and passions?
DON’T: Try to answer the prompt directly
Every essay usually begins with the reason why you want to study something. ‘ My future professional plans are…’ ‘I want to become…because…’
Use personal statement and career goals prompt as a guide for your scholarship essay.
However, write about your career goals in the context with some interesting facts/stories. Explain why you pursue these exact dreams.
DO: Give your essay for critical analysis
This is a crucial step that you can’t neglect. Even though many people don’t like to be criticized, it is important to give your writing to some strong writer. This can be your teacher, professor, counselor or mentor.
Don’t ask your parents to give you the feedback. They won’t want to harm you, so they can hide some things. You need a reasonable response that will help you to make your essay better.
DON’T: Worry about the amount of words
Sometimes students get really stressed out if they overwrite or underwrite. Learn about the exact amount of words your scholarship essay should include and remember that you have +/- 20 words or so. So, if you have written 515 words instead of 500, you wouldn’t get disqualified. Especially, if you don’t want to cut off some sentence, just make sure these extra words are necessary.
DO: Research actual scholarship essay that won
There are a lot of scholarship organizations that post winning scholarship essays. This is the best way to figure out what it takes to win. Take some winning techniques, but remember of the uniqueness.
DON’T: Wait until the last minute
Actually, it’s quite hard to take these notes into consideration on the last day. Make sure you have time to do it right. To write it, edit, and rewrite.