How to write a scholarship essay
As a student, you may need to submit letters of recommendation and transcripts in order to qualify for scholarships, whether private or publicly sponsored. But one thing is certain, almost any admission requires a well-written essay.
So, how do you make your scholarship essay stand out and the writing process go more smoothly? Try checking out the resources and suggestions we’ve listed for you.
What is a scholarship essay?
A scholarship essay is simply the opportunity to persuade the admissions committee to award you a scholarship. The committee will give you an essay prompt to respond to. It may be something straightforward and open-ended.
“What makes you want to go to this specific college?
“Describe the ideas you would recommend to change or address a current problem, such as health care, the environment, inequality, or some other current subject.”
As you’ve seen, some prompts require you to answer several questions, while some only ask one.
Now, there are the steps you can follow to write a brilliant scholarship essay that will get you the scholarship you want.
A short example of scholarship essay
You can see a short example scholarship essay below. This is written based on the prompt:
Scholarship essay planning
In this step, we will show you how to plan your essay in detail.
Plan in advance
Follow the instructions/essay prompt
While it may seem to be one of the most apparent tips, several applicants make their first mistake (see common mistakes of academic writing) before even starting: they do not read the directions carefully.
Choose a subject that you’re passionate about
The quality of your essay will be significantly influenced by the subject you choose.
If a topic is boring to write for you, then it will be boring for the reader or scholarship committee. So don't write on something that you're not passionate about.
Research the organization
How to write a 5-paragraph scholarship essay
After you know how to plan for our essay, let’s get to the actual writing. At this step, you’ll see a long example for a scholarship essay.
Scholarship essay introduction
Scholarship essay introduction example
In general, you need to give your reader a taste of what to expect from your essay in the introduction paragraph.
Scholarship essay body paragraphs
Scholarship essay body paragraphs example
Pro tipProviding as much information as possible will help make your argument simpler or more convincing. However, providing too much detail will result in a confusing essay.
Scholarship essay conclusion
Scholarship essay conclusion example
Show emotions and personality
Proofread and edit
Proofreading is one of the essential steps of any kind of essay. Here are some tips for you in your proofreading process.
You can ask yourself these questions to make the proofreading easier:
Now we know how to write an great scholarship essay. Make sure to follow these steps very carefully so you can get the dream scholarship you desire and deserve!
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