This is your chance to make your application jump out of the pile -- make the most of it!
Use an outline to organize your thoughts
- Hook readers early -- making them care about you.
- Write a powerful, short paragraph expressing the theme of your essay.
- Address every question asked.
Tell a compelling story -- its all about you!
- What makes you unique?
- Why do you qualify for this particular scholarship?
- What makes you a good investment?
- What obstacles have you overcome?
- What is your family history?
- Are you the first generation in your family to go to college?
- What are you doing with your life?
- What are your educational plans and goals?
- What are your career goals?
- How will this scholarship help?
Put yourself in the selection committee's shoes.
- What do you want them to know about you?
- Be creative.
- Be honest.
- Make your strengths shine.
Write your essay very carefully. Look for feedback, revise, and rewrite.
- Answer the question.
- Follow guidelines for length very carefully.
- Standard font size, spacing margin
- Use language used in the question.
- Use active verb form and descriptive language.
- Be specific (early childhood education, not "education").
- Proofread for grammar and punctuation more than once. Don't rely on Spell Check!