5 tips to power you through the scholarship writing process
Writing a college essay is arguably the most important part of applying for a scholarship. It’s what sets applicants a part and where students can shine through their application. Specifically, a scholarship essay lets you portray who you are through a story about your talents, skills, passions. You get to tell the scholarship sponsor the reason why you are the best candidate to be awarded for the scholarship, far beyond your resume will.
Although, many deserving students get scared at this point and become discouraged to write and submit scholarship essays.
Writing scholarship essays take time and extra work.
In our how to write your best scholarship essay, we want to provide you several tips, tricks and best methods to give you the confidence and tools to submit your scholarship essay and win that scholarship!
1. Don’t Procrastinate
Easier said than done, we know.
Even if you are a student that gets your best work done in a time crunch, we have some good tips for you:
Plan, calendar and set reminders for scholarship due dates
It’s easy to procrastinate when you still have months to turn in a scholarship application, or even before the scholarship application opens! If you start thinking to yourself ‘Oh, I’ll finish this later’, the chances of you forgetting about it are about 87%. Set a calendar reminder for yourself for 1-2 weeks before it’s due and include a link to the application to help you save time searching for the scholarship!
Submit your application early
Submitting your application early usually can only increase your chances of winning the scholarship. Why? Most students wait until 48 hours before the application is due, leaving the scholarship sponsors with less time to review every application as thoroughly. Not only may the scholarship sponsor have more time to review and give your application and scholarship essay more attention, but you also stand out as more responsible than other students.
Ask others to proofread your scholarship essay!
Not procrastinating in writing your scholarship essay gives you more time to revise and ask others for help. The best way to feel more confident about submitting your scholarship essay is to have your college counselor, a family member or teacher look over your essay. Make sure to give them enough time to look over it and offer suggestions.
“My biggest regret and anxiety of college applications and college scholarships was not starting early enough. Looking back, it’s my number one regret and piece of advice I always share with rising seniors. START EARLY!” - Miramonte High School Senior, Class of 18’
2. Make an Outline
Making an outline may sound like extra work, but we promise you’ll thank us later (we accept thank you letters via email).
Bullet points are your new best friend
The first thing you put on paper should be 1 sentence stating what you want the reader to know when they finish reading your scholarship essay. The second thing should be simple bullet points on how you going to do that. From here, write away.
Bullet points to refer back to not only helps you start writing, but it keeps you to the point throughout your scholarship essay. Once you’ve finished writing, check back to your bullet points and make sure you met your main goal of wha