Writing Scholarship Application Essays
The following are some tips to writing a successful essay for scholarship applications.
Before you start writing,
- Think about what character traits/ experiences/ talents make you unique.
- Read the essay prompt several times, and think about what they are REALLY asking you to write about.
- If possible, conduct some research on the organization sponsoring the scholarship.
Next, get your ideas on the page:
- Listing Ideas
Now it’s time to start a draft:
- Think about which ideas flow well together and how to organize them in a way that makes sense.
- Reread the essay question and ask yourself if your answer fits the question.
- Write! Get creative, but stay professional.
Once you have a draft for the essay, follow the next steps to keep you on track.
Revision- Focus on the “big picture” of your writing first. Ask yourself,
- Am I answering the question?
- Is this essay the correct length?
- Are my ideas well developed and supported?
- Do I transition smoothly from one paragraph to the next?
- Make changes as needed!
Editing- Focus on these issues only when you are happy with what you have written:
- Spelling- Remember, Microsoft Word won’t catch everything, and be especially wary of homophones (i.e. you’re and your).
- Missing words
- Unnecessary words- Try not to use words and phrases that don’t really add any meaning or are implied (i.e. very, really, in my opinion).
Finally, prepare the final copy:
- Make sure you double-check the submission instructions.
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