Tips for Scholarship Applications and Personal Essays* Getting Started Before you start filling out your scholarship applications, you need to spend some time thinking about how to write a scholarship essay that will get the results that you want. For many students, the hardest part of writing a scholarship essay is getting comfortable with highlighting your accomplishments. Students often see this as bragging about themselves. But this is exactly what you need to do in order to convince the judges that you should receive the scholarship instead of the other applicants, you have to tell the judges what makes you a better candidate. Therefore, one of the most important things you have to do when getting ready to write your college
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Read the Instructions!!!!!!! This is the first mistake that students make – they don’t “read the instructions”. Don’t let this happen to you! Do you qualify for the scholarship? Do you meet the criteria? What is the deadline and what do you need to submit? i.e. essay, letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc. Are there any limits on the essay? i.e. words, fonts, spacing, pages, etc. Example Scholarship Essay Questions Describe one specific example of your leadership ability Describe why you wish to obtain a college education and why you are deserving of a scholarship Describe what influenced your decision to pursue Engineering as a career What personal information do you wish to share with the scholarship selection committees?
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The Essay Get to the point! Your essay should be easy to read. Write what you know. Your voice will come through if the essay is about something you know, love or care about. Here are suggestions for organizing your essay in 4 simple paragraphs: First Paragraph This is your introduction. Make it good! You want to capture the reader's attention from the start. Start with who you are, what your major is, and what your career goals are – keep it simple. End with what makes you the best candidate for the scholarship – this is one sentence that will lead into the second paragraph. For example, ―I believe that I am the best candidate for this scholarship because (you complete this sentence)‖. Second Paragraph