So, you want to get a scholarship. Getting one will be easy right? Well, if you say consider the number of people applying for it amongst other factors, then nope. Writing scholarship essays requires skills.
Here are the know-hows on writing winning scholarship essays!
1. Know-How #1: Know your audience
First of all, it’s really important to know who your audience. Usually, for a scholarship essays, your audience would be the scholarship committee. This means that you can expect writing this essay to a bunch of experts with Ph.D.’s or even scholars. Knowing this, you would have to use “smart” words as I call it. Also, check and see if they are native English speakers or not. While doing so, look at the goals of the committee; different goals require a different style of writing.
2. Know-How #2: Your introduction “sets the stage”
Secondly, you might opt to do introductions in the end because they’d seem like a tiny bit of the essay right? Wrong! Your introduction “sets the stage” for your readers. This means that your introduction tells the reader what to expect and how to get the big picture. Remember to never state the obvious and to always answer the question asked.
3. Know-How #3: Your body should answer the questions asked
Then, I would suggest doing these three things: Locate, Simplify and Highlight.
First of all, Locate means that you should locate the question. Know that questions aren’t necessarily posed with a “?”; it can be “discuss”, “compare”, etc.
Next, Simplify means that you have to “dumb the question down to simple words”. This means re-arranging the question 1 to 5 word tops. For example, from “As you know, the society is going through globalization….why does Law appeal to you as a major?”. Well, you can take the word “why” as the simplified version of the whole question. This makes it easier to know what you are being asked.
Finally, Highlight means that you have to strike, underline, italicise or highlight everything you think is important. This point is heavily related to Know How #4 on Check and Re-Checking. However, this step is just a recommendation.
4.Know-How #4: Check and re-check
Finally, when finishing your essay, always re-read, revise, edit, proofread and check, check check them! I recommend using Grammarly to check your grammar. The following points are just some ways on how you can improve your essay. Additionally, we all know that first drafts are never perfect; you need time to perfect them. As a matter of fact, make sure that you haven’t misspelled any words and that every single word is exactly how you want it to come out as. Also, know that autocorrect can either be your best friend or your worst nightmare in this case.
Follow these steps and your scholarship essays will be gold for sure!