Students applying for university scholarships are often required to write an essay. Most universities do not offer scholarships based only on an applicant’s transcript and application.
The task of writing an essay is added to give those on the scholarship selection committee a chance to get to know the applicant beyond their grades and other academic credentials they may have acquired.
An essay gives insight into the the life goals, challenges, and aspirations of an applicant. Essay writing is a way to level the very competitive field of college scholarships by giving students from all kinds of backgrounds a way to voice their challenges and aspirations so that they have a chance to win a scholarship, even if they may not be the top students in their class and despite the current situation they are in.
A good essay makes a big difference in regards to whether an applicant wins a scholarship or not. A good essay should tell a story that sets an applicant apart and demonstrates that he or she is worth granting the scholarship that so many others are also trying to get. The following tips should followed in writing a good scholarship essay.
#1. Read the instructions carefully as many times as is necessary to understand them. Do not just look at the title and go.
#2. Take some time to think about what you are going to write, even a day or two. Think about the different approaches you can take and which one would best bring your message or idea across.
#3. Take the time to do an outline before doing the first draft. Think of it as drawing a map that shows the different routes you can take to the destination of a great essay and then choosing the best one.
#4. Still on the outline, ensure that you have kept to the instructions before you start writing.
#5. Do the first draft by writing about each one of the points you came up with when doing the outline. You can then choose how the points will flow. The way they are in the outline does not necessarily have to be how they are arranged in the essay. Aim to have one point flow nicely into the next from a capturing introduction to a satisfying conclusion.
#6. Include your accomplishments which may be about chairing a school club, being involved in community service, raising funds for a cause, taking action to address a problem, and extracurricular activities. Mention the inspiration for each so that it does not come across as bragging.
#7. Leave the essay alone for a day or two before you go back to it. When you do, you have a fresh mind and fresh eyes with which to check the grammar, spelling, and how you have represented yourself. Use editing programs to make sure you catch all the errors.
#8. Take a last look at the instructions to make sure that you have adhered to all of them.
#9. Have someone you trust look at your essay. Make any improvements that you can.
#10. Take one last look and submit.