How to Write a Stellar Scholarship Essay

How to Write a Stellar Scholarship Essay

by Derek Burkhardt, UNH Manchester Alumn

Monday, June 27, 2016

Let’s face it. For most of us, the toughest part of writing a scholarship essay is convincing ourselves it’s worth the effort. The crashing wave of doubt always seems to set in as our fingers contact the keyboard. But trust me, writing a scholarship essay is not only well worth it, it’s simple.

For most of us, writing a competitive essay can seem like a daunting process. However, it’s important to understand that there are many techniques and resources that can help improve your chances of success. For example:

  • Be Direct- Make sure to directly answer the question(s) being posed.
  • Be Concise- Avoid adding unnecessary details that might make your essay convoluted.
  • Incorporate Diversity- Include the breadth of your relevant experiences and accomplishments.
  • Be Thorough- Utilize college tutors to avoid errors and ensure excellent writing.  
  • Include Perspective- If you were a judge reading an essay for a particular scholarship, what qualities of an essay would you want to read?

Writing a scholarship essay isn’t always about outshining the competition. If you direct your efforts to understanding the reason that the scholarship exists (especially for those scholarships that were created to honor an individual), you’ll be much more effective at making concise, direct and relevant connections to your experience and the purpose of the scholarship.

Happy Writing! 

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This article was originally published on March 11, 2015.

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