Before you start writing: form a strategy:
1) DO YOUR HOMEWORK and RESEARCH:
Possible Review Committee
2) What is the Purpose of the Scholarship Essay?
To convince the reader(s) to give you $$$ so the essay has a thesis:
You should award this scholarship $$ to me because…(not merely a list of how/why you meet the criteria). Everything in the essay should support this thesis statement.
3) Who is the intended audience?
Professionals in a particular field
4) What is the appropriate tone/style?
Imagine your essay as your voice and as your style of clothing/dress. How would you sound/look/dress if it was an in-person conversation between you and the readers?
Formal-Professional/ Academic administration – Suit and tie
Semi-Formal-student/academic – Slacks/Skirt/Dress Pants
Casual-friend – Jeans and t-shirt
5) Form an outline
Structure tells a story in a linear, logical manner.This may or not be a linear responses to the prompt. Demonstrate a creative way to meet the criteria.
6) Avoid Pitfalls:
Basic Grammar / Spelling errors, etc.
Not following directions.
Doesn’t respond to prompt or format
Doesn’t meet basic criteria or address personal shortfalls: GPA, course requirement, etc.
TONE PROBLEMS: TONE ADJUSTMENTS:
Arrogant: Bragging Confident
Insecure: Begging Humble
Rude: Offensive Mindful
Selfish: ME ME ME Inclusive
7) Get a second/third pair of eyes for editing.
Brief your reader(s) on the goal of essay
Provide reader(s) with specific criteria requirements
Share specific concerns about draft with reader(s)
Write a letter that you are proud of and remember to be human – your readers will appreciate it.