Steps to Writing a Scholarship Essay

Now first off, these steps will cover a majority or general aspect to writing a scholarship essay. Since there is such a huge variety of scholarships available, the one thing that remains constant is that essay they ask you to either write about yourself, and your ideal career. Or if the scholarship is presented from a private university, they will ask why you want to attend that university and why that scholarship will benefit you as a student to progress in your higher learning.

The Essay Prompt

Every essay will have a prompt available for each applier to follow. If anyone writes around or outside of this given prompt they will not be considered as an applicant.

Examples of scholarship essay prompts are provided below:

1.) How have you contributed to your community?

2.) Write your own biography?

3.) Why is this scholarship for you?

4.) What makes you unique?

5.) Why do you want to study (insert field of study)?

Transcripts are Important and the First Step!

The main reason that transcripts are important because this shows your progression from quarter to semester. Your stated school facts are why transcripts are available, show that your GPA is at the minimum or maximum.

Find Necessary and Important Key Points from Your Life

Depending on the scholarship you are applying for, first and foremost research the university, private sponsor or government sponsorship that this scholarship that is being presented. Because it’s fact that organization are looking for a student that fits exactly with what their scholarship is representing. When you are gathering your necessary paperwork, such as resumes and transcripts, a clever move is to mark down the things that are presented on the scholarship “how to apply” that your important papers may not have. These key points can be something you focus on or you could find a way to represent these missing items as reasons as to why you would fit with this scholarship. That is, so you could grow to learn them.

Create a Rough Draft

Normally, a student is suggested to create an outline, however that is the minimal benefit. Go for a complete rough draft to see exactly how your structure to each section will flow. This is important, because then you’ll see if you’re following the structure that the application provides, which you should follow.

Here are General Directions to Creating an Essay Rough Draft

Most important concept to have while writing a rough draft, tell a story. Instead of keeping everything extremely factual, be sure to create a storyline. So that it’s enjoyable to read.

First and foremost, have everything with you. Transcripts and every piece of paper needed to complete the essay and other required sections. DO NOT LEAVE ANY SECTION BLANK.

Step 1

Get your favorite book or choose one from the library and read through to see how the story is created.

Step 2

Emulate from the book’s story outline.

Step 3

Find the strong statements to headline each section. These strong statements will bring in the reader to explore further why this scholarship is for you.

Step 4

Be sure to have everything from key points, the key points you already have answers for and even the sections that you know you’ll have to spend time on researching.

Step 5

This rough draft will have to be revised again, and again until your essay captivates you as a reader.

The Scholarship Essay Conclusion

Explain and pull together in your conclusion how this scholarship will benefit you the most, and more so why you need it. This is the section where you pull together the entirety of your entire essay, which could be significant in paragraphs. With every essay conclusion be sure to share how you plan to use the life lesson in your essay for your future plans. Also describe how this life lesson has influenced you or will continue to influence you.

Wrapping Up Your Conclusion

  • Your main points or key highlights should be revisited and tied together in the conclusion.
  • Clarify your thesis in a new and fresh way.
  • Answer the big question of “what’s the point?”

What To Do After Writing Your Conclusion

Once this is addressed and written out, somethings may need to be re-phrased. But, that’s completely okay, no rough draft is created in complete finished detail to be submitted in at that time. Be sure to know the deadline date to a precise date, no guessing that “Oh it can be turned in this week because I think the application process is still open.” No, be sure about the deadline date and write it down in your phone calendar as well as a physical calendar.