Writing many scholarship essays doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Organization, forethought and a few tricks can simplify your journey from outline to final draft. Read on for tips on how to make scholarship essay writing easier.
It’s likely each scholarship provider has their own preferences for essay formatting. They might want a specific font or require a certain font size. You don’t want to get these requirements mixed up, so before you start writing, set up your document for each essay. Give each a file name like “ScholarshipName_YourName” and save them to a unique Scholarship Essay folder on your computer. Then go into each document and set the size, font and spacing that matches the scholarship criteria. Now you can write without worrying about missing a formatting requirement.
It may be adding an extra step, but a proper outline goes a long way when crafting an organized and thoughtful essay. This is especially true for scholarship contests that ask you to write an essay that cites sources like works of literature or historical facts. Outlines give you space to prepare quotes and citations before you need to include them in your essay. Good outlines include your thesis statement, body paragraph statements, and supporting evidence that is written out clearly and with proper citation.
“And, But, Therefore” – the building blocks of narrative. If you’ve struggled with writing an introduction that captures your central thesis, look no further than the ABT structure. Start with two statements linked with “and.” Then contrast those statements with one following “but.” Once you’ve established a conflict, you can tie it together with a “therefore” statement – aka your thesis. Now you’ve got an introduction that is clear, concise and has hopefully hooked the reader.
For example, imagine a scholarship provider asks you to write an essay about why you want to go to college, and you’re interested in studying pre-med. You can answer their prompt using ABT:
In just one sentence, you’ve explained your thesis, introduced your reader to a relatable conflict, and begun your essay. With ABT, you can create a compelling start to all your papers in no time.
Latest College & Financial Aid News
December 7, 2022
by Kevin Ladd
So many scholarships become available in December as the college application season winds down and students look for additional ways to finance their education. As the semester comes to an end and we look forward to winter break, there are going to be so many opportunities to help you take out the absolute minimum in student loans and find scholarships that not only help you pay for school, but also stand out as major accomplishments and indicators to colleges, grad schools and future employers. Applying for and winning scholarships tells all of the aforementioned that you are someone who is ambitious and proactive and always striving to better your situation. [...]
November 30, 2022
by Kevin Ladd
Metallica, an extremely popular heavy metal band from the 80’s is recently enjoying new-found popularity and relevance with a new generation, thanks to the popular television show “Stranger Things”. Not only did they create the incredibly popular song “Enter Sandman” and “One”, they have also founded the Metallica Scholars Initiative. $100,000 in scholarships will be available for students studying in career programs through Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH). [...]
November 22, 2022
by Zina Kumok
When it comes to financial aid, there are two types that tend to be seen as the most desirable: scholarships and grants. But while most people are familiar with scholarships, grants are less well understood. [...]