Every student dreams about a scholarship. This is the best way to save money and study for free at the university of your dream. The prices for higher education get higher and the number of students who apply for a scholarship gets bigger. Getting a scholarship is a challenge.
To find a scholarship that satisfies your demands is only part of a job. Next comes a long process of writing an essay required for any application. Even if you are good in writing, and you have always got A’s in your English classes, it does not mean that you will be able to write a proper scholarship essay. The matter is that this kind of paper has a list of particular features that are to be included in your writing.
Following our tips, you will understand how to avoid the most common mistakes in your scholarship essay and how to write an essay that will bring you the desired result.
1. You do not study the requirements
Every university or college has its own list of requirements for scholarship essays. Before you start to work on your writing, you need to discover those features and follow them strictly in your paper. Some organizations provide students with a list of questions or issues they need to cover in their essay. If you miss this point, your application will be declined.
Regularly, the list of the requirements includes a number of words, formatting style of the paper, absence of grammar, logical and spelling mistakes, a particular topic or a theme, implementing your personal experience or background, etc.
2. You use several strong statements
Use marketing experience in writing your scholarship essay. Take one strong message and follow it throughout your essay. Support your idea with scientific data, your own investigations, quotations of famous people, etc. Let this statement determine what and how you write your essay. Of course, the message of your paper should correspond to the requirements of a university or a college.
Why should you take only one message? You are limited to the number of words or pages, but still you need to present your ability to think critically, find the most working supporting facts, and set the priorities in writing. When you use many messages in your paper, you have no possibility to explain why you have chosen them. Your essay becomes just an enumeration of ideas, and none of them is presented properly.
3. You do not follow the structure
Your essay must be structured properly. This is not a piece of creative writing or belles-lettres. Here, you need to follow rules in order to succeed. Your essay should consist of three main parts: the introduction, the body (several paragraphs), and the conclusion.
Many students make one and the same mistake that leads them to failure. They forget about the conclusion. The essay may be well-organized, have a strong message, it may be written in a proper language, but the absence of conclusion makes it a non-essay. Another mistake is that conclusion neglects everything you have told in your essay. Make sure that you do not lose your message in none of the parts of your scholarship essay.
4. You use irrelevant personal experience
Writing a scholarship essay is not analyzing what other people do or say, but also the way to present yourself. To make your writing more effective, use your personal experience. However, this experience must be relevant to the theme of your essay. Make sure that you avoid generalizing phrases such as ‘we’, ‘humanity’, ‘society’. A scholarship essay should present yourself, not some other people.
5. You are not specific with examples
Although you are limited to word count in your essay, still you need to exemplify your message. The examples may enhance your essay, but they may also have a reverse effect if you use irrelevant or unspecified examples. When you make a decision on how to exemplify your essay, make sure that this example explains your statement. Of course, it is always good to add some information about your independence, but it is better not to write what you’ve found out traveling alone, but what you have achieved in a certain sphere of investigation.
6. You write more than it is required
Some students think that exceeding word count is not a gross mistake. In fact, the commission will never even read your paper if the number of words exceeds the required number. The art of writing a scholarship essay is to write it in such a way to introduce all important pieces of information in a limited number of words. Anyone can write a long good essay, but only some students are good at writing short and informational papers.
7. You do not know whom you write
You can use another marketing trick in writing a scholarship essay. Find out your target audience. Get to know the intentions and goals of the organization where you want to get a scholarship. These goals should determine your main statement of the essay. You need to make an impression of a student who is really interested in the work of the organization, and not just asking for money to study.
8. You write an essay just in a couple of hours
A good scholarship essay is never written quickly. If you have written it just in a few hours, leave it for a couple of days. After the revision, you will understand how many mistakes you’ve made. Perhaps you will even decide to rewrite it totally. Always ask yourself whether you could do better research, find more impressive words, or investigate the theme deeper. Work on your essay until you understand that there is nothing more to improve.
9. You miss deadlines
This mistake is connected to the previous point. When you have only a couple of days left for a deadline, you just write an essay without at least basic preparation and investigation. You send a draft essay, and you get no scholarship.
If you have a strong intention to get a scholarship, you always need to be careful with deadlines. Even a month is not enough to write a good essay. It is always better to have more time and use it to work hard on your application.
10. You do not edit your essay
Editing is perhaps the most important part of writing an effective scholarship essay. If you are not sure that you can edit your writing properly, use services of professional editors. You are not allowed to make mistakes in your essay. If you cannot afford services of a professional editor, ask your professor or your school teacher to revise the paper.
If you have decided to accept the challenge of getting a scholarship, you need to be well-prepared. Do your best to write a proper essay, using our brief guide on the most common mistakes.
BIO: Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. In my free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Google +.