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How To Write An Essay For A Scholarship

It is fair to say that there is no guarantee if you follow the advice in this article and write your scholarship essay accordingly, that you will automatically be offered a place. But it is also fair to say that if you follow these basic steps and write well of course, you will greatly increase your chances of being successful. The more you follow the basic rules, the better your chance of being offered a scholarship. Here are the things you need to do.

  • Write out the topic in freehand.
  • Make a list of all the points you wish to make in the essay.
  • Make a cracking start.
  • Know the rules set by the scholarship committee.

Now the scholarship essay will have a title, it will be the theme or topic of your essay. You need to analyse this title or topic in great detail. You need to write it out by hand so you can see exactly what you are producing. Then you need to think about each and every word in that topic. If you write the topic in the centre of the page, you can draw lines to different parts of that page and add ideas and words which come to your mind. Sticking to the topic is vital in making your scholarship essay attractive. Don't make the mistake that many students do of writing brilliantly but not to the point.

You need a separate piece of paper on which you list every point you intend to make in the scholarship. You need to sort these points in order of priority. The most important point will go at the top and the least important at the bottom. Before you write your scholarship essay make sure you understand each and every point.

You have to grab the reader right from the beginning. You need to make a cracking start. Work on your opening sentence. If it doesn't grab the reader, scrap the opening sentence and start again. Find a way to make the perfect start. Remember that this is a competition. The scholarship committee is looking at many applicants but choosing only one or a few. You want to make your applications stand out from the others.

Now the scholarship committee will have published their rules and conditions. You would be crazy not to read and reread this information. If they use certain words in describing what they are looking for, it makes good sense for you to introduce those words or synonyms of those words in your scholarship essay. Convince the scholarship committee that you have read their requirements.

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