How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay
Scholarship essays are very similar to your college application essays as the effort you put into writing your essay represents the chance to sell yourself to the scholarship committee. A scholarship essay helps the scholarship provider understand the real person behind the application. Genuine passion and enthusiasm for your topic will show through in your essay writing. If you tell your unique story clearly, you just might find yourself receiving a congratulatory letter from the scholarship committee.
Below are a few tips for writing winning scholarship essays
- Understand the scholarship provider’s overall mission and purpose.
Consider writing about an experience or interest that highlights your strong ties to the organization’s purpose. Don’t use the same essay for every college. For example Harvard College Honor Code holds honesty as the foundation of their community. Unless there is a clear identification of mutual synergies, your scholarship essay will not be powerful enough.
- Showcase your leadership and community impact
Based on my own experience, most scholarship committee judges evaluate scholarship application essays on the themes of leadership and community impact. Below are some important elements to include in scholarship essays.
- The impact of the leadership and degree of community involvement. What were the results? Did you manage to grow an organization from 10 to 100 members through your leadership? The scholarship committee is likely to be looking for applicants who made a long commitment to a community activity. It is most important to show that you recognize the real needs in your communities, and act to address these.
- Why you got involved in the community experience. This is a very important aspect as it allows you to show your sincerity and demonstrates your passion and commitment to help diverse communities.
- What obstacles did you face and how did you overcome them?
Scholarship committees would rather see how you overcame hardships and succeeded despite the obstacles in your path. Inspirational stories of perseverance and resilience despite adversity make scholarship judges want to help you succeed
- Check your Essay for spelling and grammar mistake
Scholarship committees do notice spelling and grammar mistakes so don’t give them a reason to reject yours. Before you submit your application make sure to take the time to proofread your essay. Ask professors, mentors, family members, or trustworthy friends for feedback on your essay will result in a better final product.
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