How to Write a Scholarship Essay

How to Write a Scholarship Essay

Your college scholarship essay: 5 simple steps

Scholarship essays are important part of the application where the ‘real you’ can shine through. Many scholarship applications require an essay.

1. Read the application to see what the essay should include. Look for length, topic, or format. And understand, some may not have many guidelines; maybe the topic will be “tell us why you should receive this scholarship” however, scholarship essays should include the following.

Be sure to follow directions and not skip questions. Put the most important information at the beginning of your essay and the least important information at the end.

Main Points

    • Introduce who you are-Name, student identification number, school attending, academic standing.

    • Personal statement-What or who has influence/shaped your life to pursue your academic goal.

    • Your ultimate academic & career goal, obstacle you face/faced to pursue your academic goal.

    • What work growth/experience or skills do you possess-leadership, communicative, analytical, etc.?

    • Educational and personal support systems you are connected to in order to make it happen.

    • Volunteer experience and how will you give back to the community after achieving your goal?

    • Do not forget to end with a “thank you” to the scholarship committee for time and consideration.

2. Write a trial essay, just to practice. Just write one to see what it feels like. Don’t assume people know your background, challenges or strengths, directly describe them as best you can and do not linger on or repeat yourself. Check for appropriate language and good grammar and make revisions if necessary.

3. Show it to other people to get their feedback. Inform academic counselors or instructors you are applying for a scholarship and ask if they can proof read it. There will open the door for recommendation letters later if necessary.

4. Re-read and listen to your essay for it to read well and them make the last revision. Turn in your application on time.

5. Save your work for future essays so that you can update information and cut & paste to fit other scholarship application questions.