Tips on College Scholarship Essays
- Use very specific examples from your life experience (this may help you with your SAT writing section as well!)
- Adhere to the length requirements of the essay – your 500-word essay might be great, but will lose out when the word requirement is 1000 – or 250!
- Learn about the organization that sponsors the scholarship, and not just the basics. You want to appeal specifically to the attitude of the organization. Read the website, get in touch with employees, or, even better, last year’s winner.
- Make sure your style of writing matches the style of the essay question. Some organizations ask light, informal, or even humorous questions, and others are deeply earnest and serious. Don’t mix them up!
- Even if you write one hundred scholarship essays, don’t send out a single one without proofreading and asking a teacher or mentor to read it first.
- Don’t expect to do double-duty with your scholarship essays and win over the deciding committee; they’ll know if you just swapped a sentence or two from your college personal statement!
- Don’t lose out because you didn’t submit a neat, organized, attractive application!
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