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Most college scholarship applications consist of a questionnaire, one or more scholarship essay questions, letters of recommendation, and transcripts from previous academic work. For many students, writing scholarship application essays can be the most stressful part of the scholarship application process. When preparing for scholarship essays, it is important to consider the purpose of the writing assignment before getting started.
Scholarship Application Tips for Essay Preparation:
1. Make sure you understand the question before you start writing.
2. Look up the mission of the organization, so you get a general idea of the perspective and values of individuals who will be reading your essay.
3. Think about why this particular topic was chosen for the scholarship competition.
4. Put thought into what the scholarship committee hopes to learn about you as a result of reading the essay.
5. If appropriate, decide on a theme for the essay.
6. Write an outline of the major topics to discuss or points to make in your essay.
Going through these steps before you start writing scholarship essays helps give you direction and focus. Once you have gone through the steps of getting prepared to start your essay, the task of writing it won't seem quite so daunting.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|