Essay Contest Writing
tool for getting scholarships
Writing college scholarship and grant essays is one of the basic tools
for getting many applications. Although there are scholarships that
don’t require essays (available on the bottom right), many scholarships
do require an essay. First off, make sure you use proper grammar, sentence
structure and punctuation, if these are week areas for you seek help
from someone who is proficient in these areas. A school counselor, family
member or friend might be able to assist you in this area.
Yourself in Your Writing
Everyone can write a generic essay, but not everyone can apply their
wits and creativity to writing a scholarship winning essay. This is
an opportunity to shine and often one of the only tools available for
selecting a scholarship winner. You need to use this opportunity to
make yourself a candidate and to stand out from the crowd.
This does not mean that you should be zany or create some unbelievable
self inflated image of yourself. This is your chance to show off with
well conceived and constructed thoughts and clear, concise writing.
You need to stand out from possibly thousands of other essays.
You want to write an essay in your voice and have an interesting topic,
or theme that runs through it. Don’t try to be too formal, your
essay will appear stiff and get lost in the crowd.
Some scholarship competitions give you a theme or topic; this is a double
edged sword. It gives you direction but requires even more creativity
as it requires even more effort to stand out from the stack of other
Proofing, Editing and Rewriting Your Essay
Writing good essays takes time and focus. Complete several drafts of
your essay, improving its concepts, ideas and grammar each revision.
Each revision will create a stronger essay and make your time and effort
truly worthwhile. This is your chance to improve your message and clarity
as well as clean up sentence structure and garbled viewpoints. These
errors will be detrimental, so work out the kinks!