If you’re going after a scholarship, it’s likely you will have to write an essay. Unlike earlier times, most scholarships require more than just good grades. The essay says a lot about you. It can state how professional you are and it’s a chance to let your personality shine through.
Most of the time, the scholarship application will say how to format your essay, but if it doesn’t, follow the typical guidelines: 1 inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, and double spaced. These are similar, if not identical, to the requirements of most school papers.
Before you do anything, make sure you know the objective. Study the directions until you are positive what the requirements are and what needs to be done.
After, it is recommended that you jot down an outline. It will help generate ideas and give you a grasp on what you’re covering in the essay. Once you quickly write it down, edit it until you are happy with the points you’ve decided to write about. Write the essay by expanding on the main ideas you mentioned in the outline.
One step that is important is not to over complicate things. Use clear language that cuts straight to the point, but also make sure it is simple. Don’t write the essay with the vocabulary of a seventh grade student, but don’t use big words excessively – especially if you aren’t completely sure on the usage or meaning of the word.
Lastly, always make sure to reread the prompt. Sometimes, the essay may not fully address what the prompt or requirements said to write, and if this case, it’s best to edit it. It’s important to follow the instructions exactly. If the main topic isn’t fully discussed, edit or add a paragraph in. If the word count is too high or too low, fix it. It seems minimal, but not following formatting requirements can disqualify you. Along with that, poor writing shows poor communication. If the essay is too …Read More