Scholarship essay is your best chance to make the case for why you should receive the scholarship; it helps the scholarship provider learn about the person behind the application and gives them a much more detailed look at your school and home life.In this article, I will provide you with tips you will use to prepare your scholarship essay and make it stand out from the crowd. If you use them right, it will help your application stand out—and could mean the difference between getting a “thanks for applying” E-mail and an award check.
Know your audience
Although we’re looking at scholarship essays as a whole, it’s important to realize that every scholarship provider is looking for a specific student who meets unique criteria. When you get your application, look closely at the questions, the organization giving the scholarship, and any past recipients you can find. Are they emphasizing classroom performance? Looking for someone who’s dealt with adversity at home? Interested in character or community service more than grades? Whatever the answer, your research will put you a step ahead of applicants who are copying and pasting “one-size-fits-all” essays.
Plan far in advance
You can also avoid the “one-size-fits-all” essay by getting an early start on each application. Begin your research and planning a week or so before you think you should, and you’ll be able to take enough time to turn out something great. This will also give you time to craft an outline, which can help your essay stay concise and on target. Think of two or three main points you want to make in response to the essay question, add some supporting information under each of them, and consider a sentence or two of introduction and conclusion. Before you know it, you’ll have built the structure and thesis of your essay, and you won’t have to rush to write it.
Make it personal and passionate
When you do start writing, don’t forget that the main purpose of your essay is to convince the scholarship provider that you’re the student they’ve been looking for. Answer the questions you’ve set out in your outline, but make sure every point you make is illustrated with a specific detail that shows you care about the subject.
Last but not least, make sure you have time to run your essay by a good editor, whether it’s a parent, teacher, or grammar-nerd friend. Even a well-researched and passionately written essay can be derailed by spelling mistakes or awkward sentences, and if you’ve spent a lot of time looking at your words, it’s easy to miss basic mistakes.