Tips for writing scholarship essays

Your scholarship essay lets the selection committee get to know you beyond the grades and test scores.

Quick tips to help you write your scholarship essay

What makes a good essay? A good essay shows your background, experiences, ambitions, and personality. It’s your opportunity to make a strong and lasting impression. Scholarship essay tips can help:

  • Make an outline to organize your thoughts.
  • Create an essay with a strong introduction, followed by supporting arguments and an appropriate conclusion.
  • Ask others for their feedback.
  • Proofread the final version—more than once!

A good scholarship essay:

  • Is original and honest
  • States clearly why you deserve to win the scholarship
  • Avoids unnecessary information
  • Is inspirational and positive in tone

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