Fact number 1: A large percentage of scholarship applicants today fail in writing one of the most important stage in application: writing a good scholarship essay.
Fact number 2: You could be one of them.
But from these 2 facts, we can still arrive to a third one: there is still hope.
Yes, you can still write a scholarship essay that creates result.
Whether you are a writing guru or a high school slob, you can always write a good scholarship essay if you follow one basic writing secret (which of course is not a secret at all, it is just that few people follow this): simplicity.
Here are the tips in writing simple yet effective scholarship essay:
· Write as you speak.
“Thesaurusizing” your scholarship essay would have two effects: one, wrong use of terms will detract the purpose of the essay, and two, you probably will not pass. The thing is: keep it simple, clear and precise. Use words that are easy to understand like the words you use when you converse.
· Write interestingly.
Make sure you don’t bore your readers. Keeping up a lively essay would let your reader to finish your essay but make sure you still focus on the purpose.
· Tell about yourself
Since you are writing to ask a sort of “favor”, your reader would like to know more about yourself. Usually, most scholarship application would require you to pass an essay together with your resume. Write things about yourself that are not included on the resume.
· Keep it short
Write a short scholarship essay but it does not mean you omit important sentences that needs be addressed. Never be wordy on your essay. If you can pack your thoughts in the shortest possible terms, do so. It is better to read a 5-liner paragraph than a 10-liner that says the same thing.
· Do variations
If your first sentence starts with an “I”, the second sentence should be different. Be creative in writing your essay.
· Use active voice
Using active voice (sentences without the use of the word “be”) keeps reading continuous and interesting. Using passive voice on the other hand keeps the essay uninteresting and flat.
· Seek for opinion
If you have finished writing your essay, let others read it so that you get feedbacks. In this way, you can improve your articles more.
· Edit, re-edit and edit some more
Make improvements. Read your essay over and over again until you are confident that it is error-free.