Scholarship Zone: A guide to writing your best scholarship essay

Scholarships are a great way to pay for college because they do not have any repayment criteria. These resources are essentially free money for you to put towards your college education.

Since the money doesn’t need to be repaid, there is a lot of competition. The key to winning a scholarship is standing out above the rest of the applicants.

Below you’ll find some tips to help you put your best foot forward and hopefully win those scholarship awards.

Get Creative

When choosing a topic, try not to write about the same things as your peers. Think of something that would help you stand out from the rest. Let’s say, for example, the essay asks you, “Who’s your role model and why?”.

Assuming many people are going to pick major celebrities or historical figures to support education, try thinking of something out of the ordinary. Instead of saying Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, or  Nelson Mandela – think of someone that might pique their interest.

Maybe you pick Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock,” and not because he’s a millionaire superstar. You choose him because he is a man who, at one point in his life, had only $7 to his name and decided to take a chance on himself. His gamble paid off allowed him to establish The Dwayne Johnson ROCK Foundation.

Did you know this program helps hospitalized children with different illnesses and helps support physical fitness programs to educate children on nutrition and achieving fitness goals?

Something like this might capture the attention of the judges.

Work smarter, not harder

After applying for a few scholarships, you’ll start to notice some similarities amongst the questions. Draft a few essay templates. This will help you make some quick edits to easily cater your essay to that specific scholarship.

With all of the options of scholarships out there, it’s easy to make a full-time job out of the application process. The more applications you complete, the better your chances of getting the aid you need to pay for school.

Templates will save you a lot of time.

Be passionate

If you write about something you’re passionate about, your essays will prove more interesting for the judges to read, and it will show in your work.

Hopefully, the judges will be able to see the passion behind your essays and understand how you will use that same passion in your studies. This gives them all the more reason to choose you for the money to go to school!

Check your work

Last but not least, check your grammar. Make sure to spell check your documents and proofread them (multiple times). If you show that you care and take the time to make sure your work looks professional, you will increase your chances of being selected.

If you misspell words, use incorrect punctuation and grammar, it could be viewed as a lack of caring and could remove you from consideration.