How to Write a Scholarship Essay

How to Write a Scholarship Essay
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    Heading to college is quite pricey.

    However, it doesn’t have to be thanks to the help of scholarships.


There are millions, if not billions of dollars’ worth of scholarships available to students around the world. Some require an application while others request an essay.

Whether you enjoy writing or not, creating a scholarship essay can be difficult. It will be different from other high school essays you’ve written. A well-planned and well-written essay could get you all the money you need to pay for the majority of your post-secondary education.

Need some help? Here are a few tips to write a scholarship essay.

Start Early

Unlike other projects where you can manage to pull off a high grade even though you started the night before, your scholarship essay should not be treated the same way. These essays are very significant and deserve a decent amount of time. So, start planning weeks before the due date, so you are not panicking the night before.

Know What You’re Applying For

You’ll want to have a good understanding as to what you are applying for. An easy way to get rejected is by writing an essay that should be for something completely different.

Research and make a list of all the different types of scholarship essays you need. Whatever you can think of, there is probably a scholarship for it. For example, there is even a scholarship for lawn mowing entrepreneurs. That essay would be solely based on your experience and knowledge when it comes to lawn care.

Go Through All the Instructions

It is critical to check, and then double check all the instructions required for your scholarship essay. It would be a shame to lose out on a scholarship because you missed one direction.

Ask for Help

There is no shame in requesting help for a scholarship essay. Whether it be someone in the organization (if allowed), or a family member to give you ideas, a little help could take your essay to the next level. Also, it’s not a bad idea to have a second pair of eyes to go through your work before submission.

Create an Outline

It can be intimidating writing a scholarship essay. When that happens, it’s easy to let the mind wander, which your writing will show.

Develop an outline based on the topic you pick. Be thorough to help keep you on track. Start with the introduction and list the points that will help you address the topic. Then, outline the body of the essay.

Typically, the body of the piece has three points, which you would have stated in the introduction. Include a summary as to what each paragraph will say. Lastly, your conclusion should also be planned. It summarizes your entire essay, and is your last chance to really grab the reader’s attention.

Don’t forget to add a thank you at the end.

Edit Multiple Times

Just like you wouldn’t want to lose a scholarship because you missed an instruction, you wouldn’t want to lose it because you misspelled a simple word. Editing your work is very important. Not very often does someone nail an essay after the first draft. This is the time you would want a second set of eyes to edit anything you might have missed.

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