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HOW TO START A SCHOLARSHIP ESSAY

Having a good essay is one of the success keys to win the scholarship. However, it might be overwhelming for you because you also need to prepare all the applications and make an outstanding essay. It will be a little bit frustrating. 

An essay is your chance to briefly explain your personality, your achievement, your experience and the reason why you want to get this scholarship to the committee. An essay also let you to stand out that you are better than other applicants. 

In this article, I will help you on how to start scholarships essay, so you will produce an outstanding essay for your scholarship application. 

1.Understanding the Essay Question 

Read and re-read the essay questions and then you need to break them into themes and subthemes. Brainstorm the theme with your own experience. For example, if the theme is about ‘Woman Empowerment’ think about how you have experienced or addressed it to your own life. Your essay must have a strong connection between yourself and the major essay theme.

2. Start Your Essay With Your Own Voice

Make a clear statement that your essay has a strong connection with your life. Most people made a mistake in this part, they tend to introduce themselves and explain why they want to get the scholarship. This is totally wrong, because so many scholarship committees conduct blind readings, and essays that include names or other identifiers are immediately discarded. Get to the main point as quickly as possible.

3. Tell Your Story To Draw Readers In

Try to start your first sentences with your story, experience or anecdote that can coerce the committee members to keep reading your essay. For example : 

“When I was 4 years old, I asked my father “How does the universe work?” Many times since then, it’s been suggested (or outright said) to me that astrophysics isn’t for girls, especially girls who come from where I do. However…”

4. Make A Strong Introduction

Don’t drift away to other topics, keep your essay focus to the theme you have chosen that relates to your own experience. To keep your essay unique and original, try to avoid using quotes because the best essay should be about you and your thoughts. Use your own words if you want to insert a quote. 

5. Review The Partnership / Sponsors Of The Scholarships

To see a bigger picture to write down your essay, try to discover the organization on the ‘about us’ page. You will see with whom the organization does the partnership. From that, you can identify key themes or issues that the organization values.

6. Schedule Your Scholarship Deadline

Write a plan in how long you may finish the essay and break down by time if you already set the deadline. For example, you give yourself 3 weeks finishing the essay. The first week could be focused on researching and brainstorming your essay. In the second week, you could outline and write your essay. The final week could be devoted to editing and proofreading the essay.

7. Make an Outline of Your Essay

Give your essay a structure so it can make you read easier. It should contain 3 parts of body paragraphs such as introduction, body and conclusion. Here are the details of each paragraph on essay :

a) Intro : In this part you have to tell your reader what you will explain on the body paragraph.

For example if you are responding to “Why Does recycling Matters” , you may start with something like this:

“When was the last time you had to wade through three feet of garbage to cross the street? For me it was when I visited New York City one summer during a trash strike. The smell and filth were overwhelming. Today, though, citizens of Gotham are less likely to encounter that for one reason: recycling.”

b) Body : Always remember that you are the KEY who has a strong connection with the theme in this essay. You have to explain why you are the right person to get this scholarship in a very unique way. They’re more likely to be interested in someone they can visualize someone who provides a stiff recitation of extra-curricular activities they’ve participated in.

c) Conclusion : In this part you need to emphasize all of the connections between your experience and the organization’s vision. Make your closing statement confidently.

8. Follow The Formatting Guidelines

Remember to follow the formatting guidelines on the scholarship application guide. If there’s no information about formatting guidelines, you may follow these rules:

  1. 12 point Times New Roman font, Double-spaced
  2. Margins of 1 inch (2.5 cm) on the top, bottom, and sides of the page

9. Proofread Your Essay

This is the important step before you submit your essay. Miss spelling and grammar errors may get you disqualified. Ask your instructor, friends or parents to proofread your essay. They may also catch some words that do not really fit the essay / theme. 

You also need to re-read your essay, try to not avoid well-worn phrases and quotations. Make sure you answer every question and accurately meet every requirement and your essay sticks to the words limit. Exceeding the words limit, you might get disqualified.

10. Submit Your Application Early

It would be better if you submit your essay early before the deadline, since you could end up missing it. It might avoid you from some problem such as, the problem with the site, bad internet connection or your computer. 

The scholarship essay is arguably the most important part of the application and should be well-thought-out. Therefore, you should make a good preparation for preparing the essay. 

Well, Good luck folks!

Credits photo : Oxbridge Essay

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