Tips for Writing a Scholarship Essay

Many scholarships ask you to write an essay as part of the application process as a means to get to know you; this gives you a chance to convince them of why you deserve the award over other applicants.

Don’t let the essay requirement stop you from applying!

Maybe you don’t consider yourself a very strong writer- don’t let this intimidate you! While you should try your best with spelling and grammar, the main point of the personal essays is to show who you are, not how perfect you are at writing. Also keep in mind that most essays have a word limit of about 500, that’s only two pages double-spaced!

Start early 

Give yourself plenty of time to brainstorm, write your essay and have it proofread. Don’t wait until the night before the deadline!

Analyze and understand the question

Know your audience

Create an outline

The most difficult part of writing is often figuring out where to start. Use an outline to help organize thoughts. Sometimes it helps to jot down ideas as they come to you and then you can arrange them in a way that makes sense later.

Writing your essay

Proofread!