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The Scholarship Essay
Before you begin: Develop a theme that fits the scholarship. Learn about the scholarship provider’s mission and goals. Include elements in your essay to complement the sponsor’s expectations. For example, if the provider is interested in community service, highlight ways you impact your community within your essay.
A few topic ideas:
Tip: Judges want to see how your achievements impact you personally! They are interested in what you have learned from your successes and challenges.
Academic plans and possible major
Tip: Don’t focus on the classes you hope to take in college. Focus on your academic degree and future goals and why they are important to you.
Social issues and current events
Tip: Summarize the issue(s) briefly. Share your perspective, offer constructive suggestions and address all sides of the issue, not just your own opinion.
Mentors, people you admire, and influences
Tip: When writing about others, be sure to focus on how this person has inspired you and shaped your life.
Tips on Winning a Scholarship
Google your name to ensure that you have a professional online presence. Use a clean email address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Review your Facebook account, removing inappropriate and immature material.
If you have difficulty writing essays, record yourself as you answer the question out loud and transcribe the recording. Most people think and speak faster than they can write or type. Write an outline afterward to organize your thoughts.
Common Scholarship Application Mistakes
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