Tips For Writing Scholarship Essays
The following are tips to writing a good essay. You may not need to use every point but definitely use the tips that have a star next to it.
START working on your essay early. Re-visit it several times to edit it.
PROOFREAD - Ask others to proofread your first draft and ask for feedback.
BRAINSTORM to describe activities and relate them to your future academic or career plans. Think about what makes you stand out from others.
DESCRIBE academic achievement and why it is important to your future.
DESCRIBE contributions to community or CTRA and how the experience has contributed to your personal growth.
WRITE about an experience or experiences from your own life and how it influenced your development.
EXPLAIN THE REASONS you deserve this scholarship by telling what you are proud of in your life, family, school, or work.
* DESCRIBE in your essay how after receiving this scholarship you will “pay it forward” either immediately or after you have learned new skills to help someone else.
* AVOID BEING DISQUALIFED - Essay should be between 300 – 400 words.
USE COMPLETE SENTENCES and check for spelling errors.
USE YOUR OWN VOICE but consult thesaurus to make it interesting.
USE GOOD SEQUENCING and write so the reader understands your train of thoughts.
USE TRANSISTION words when describing your thoughts or there is a change in your story or you are making a new point.
AVOID SLANG and clichés - Use appropriate formal language.
AVOID REDUNDANT SENTENCES, fillers, phrases or fragment sentences.
AVOID GENERIC STATEMENTS – Produce distinct images by using vivid language to describe your thoughts and ideas.
Example: Being captain of the crew team made me more mature.
Better: As captain of the crew team, I learned to motivate and encourage others effectively when the situation seemed hopeless.
FINALLLY - Write passionately about what you know best (yourself).
TIPS FOR SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY - SPEAKERS NOTES
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