Scholarship essays vary, but most of them require a recounting of personal experiences and even though all of them are yours, many students have trouble putting their thoughts together in a logical order. Here are a few tips that will help you to write a good scholarship essay that might get you a long way.
Make sure you have plenty of time to write your essay, because it does take a lot of time, of course, if you want to write a good essay. Sit down, read the topic very carefully. Do it a few times until you understand what it is about and write everything you can come up with regarding this topic on a piece of paper. Prior to writing your essay, try to look up some similar essays. It will give you good ideas of what to write about and what you should avoid.
After you have gone through the brainstorming stage of the essay writing process, you will have a rough idea of the elements you would like to include in your scholarship essay like your goals, life experience, accomplishments, etc., so you can determine what impression you want to make on the committee. Once that is done, you can start the writing process.
Remember that each essay topic can be made interesting. And for you to succeed, you should, first of all, be yourself, be original, try to avoid “fancy” words – many students think that it will make a good impression. You can use them, but make sure that they are used in appropriate context. Introduction is the most important part of your essay, so spend most of the time writing a catchy and intriguing intro. Besides that, make sure that your conclusion is persuasive, because it is your last chance to impress the judges.
Keep in mind that there are people that can help you to write a better essay, so don’t turn down their help and don’t get disappointed if they advise you to change some things to make your essay even better. Do it and you will not regret.