Helpful Pointers for Writing Effective Scholarship Essays Part 2

Helpful Pointers for Writing Effective Scholarship Essays Part 2


In so many ways, scholarship judges are looking
for the same thing as admissions officers. As such, other pages of our website can be
used with great effectiveness for scholarship essays too. To rehash a couple of the main
points: Keep your essay topics fairly specific
This will allow adequate coverage of the topic. Overly broad topics are the number one problem
according to the scholarship judges with whom we have talked. Once you have found a suitable
and fairly specific topic, do not veer from that topic. Meandering, unfocussed essays
never impress scholarship judges. Utilize a formal outline to help ensure your essay
maintains its focus. Introspection is your friend
Provide the reader with key insights into what makes you tick. Remember that the quotes
and encyclopedia facts that work so well for research papers are ineffective for these
essays. Do not use lots of big words
Help make your essay enjoyable by employing more “everyday language.” Trust us when we
say awkward use of big words will not impress your audience.
Employ attention-grabbing introductions Do yourself a favor and avoid the drab thesis
statement for your opening. Your application and scholarship essays will be read by humans.
Whether you would like to believe otherwise or not, we are all very easily influenced
and biased. The positive bias created by a strong attention-grabbing introduction may
be all that separates the scholarship winner from the many runners up.
Adhere to word limits No matter what you, the writer, may think,
chances are there is some extraneous material a competent third party editor can cut from
your essay. Proofread your essays carefully
No matter what, have a competent third party proof the essays on your behalf. A writer
can not, and should not, attempt to edit his or her own essays. (Even professional writers
employ editors after all!) If you need help developing story themes for
your scholarship essays or you just want to discuss some prepositioning issues, we’re
here to help. Call us at 1.800.809.0800 to learn more about how AdmissionsConsultants
can help you maximize your admissions chances.

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