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Writing the Scholarship Essay

Writing the Scholarship Essay/Personal Statement
The scholarship essay or personal statement is a very common requirement on scholarship applications.
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Example: I. Introduction (a) Introduce theme. (b) Lead the reader into first body paragraph. II. Body Paragraph 1 (a) Discuss first point, or answer first part of question. III. Body Paragraph 2 (a) Discuss second point, or answer second part of question. IV. Body Paragraph 3 (a) Discuss third point, or answer third part of question. V. Conclusion (a) Re-emphasize theme, or tie any lose ends left from intro.

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Now that you have your theme, goals, and outline, it is time to write! Start filling in your outline one step at a time. To avoid writers block, allow yourself to “write badly,” keeping in mind that the first draft WILL NOT be perfect. Here are some tips for putting things together: Introduction – The purpose of the introduction is to invite and entice your reader to continue reading your work. This can be achieved by posing a question, or stating an interesting fact that is relevant to the rest of your essay. Starting with an interesting, relevant quote can be a great way to begin as well. You should also introduce your theme at this time. However, do not summarize the piece here. Example:

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