Scholarship Essays and the Know-How on How to Write One

So, you want to get a scholarship. Getting one should be easy, right? Well, if you consider the number of people applying for it amongst other factors, then nope it isn't. Writing scholarship essays requires skills.

Here's how to write winning scholarship essays!

Know-how #1: Know your audience

First of all, it's really important to know who your audience is. Usually, for a scholarship essay, your audience will be the scholarship committee. This means that you can expect to be writing this essay to a bunch of experts with PhDs or even scholars. Keeping this in mind, you may have to use "smart" words as I call them, in other terms, more complex and sophisticated language. Also, check and see if they are native English speakers or not. This can and will affect the complexity of your writing. Always adapt both the tone and the style to the people you're talking to. While doing so, look at the goals of the committee: different goals require a different style of writing.

Know-How #2: Your introduction "sets the stage"

Regardless of whether you choose to write your introductions at the end or at the beginning of your essays, you should never underestimate the power of a good opening. Your introduction "sets the stage" for your readers. This means that your introduction tells the reader what to expect and outlines the big picture. Remember to never state the obvious and to always answer the question asked.

Know-How #3: Your body should answer the questions asked

To write the body of your essay perfectly, I would suggest doing these three things: Locate, Simplify and Highlight.

Locate means that you should locate the question that is the heart of your essay. Know that questions aren't necessarily posed with a question mark. They don't necessarily even have to be questions at all. In the case of a scholarship essay, you can tell a story or lead a discussion and have your body paragraphs be the illustration of your point.

Next, Simplify means that you have to "dumb the question down to simple words". This means re-arranging the question into 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 underline, italicize, 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 it! I recommend using Grammarly to check your grammar. 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 be. Also, know that autocorrect can either be your best friend or your worst nightmare in this case.

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Follow these steps and your scholarship essays will be gold for sure!

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