5 Tips for Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay
With millions of dollars in scholarships being given away to students each year, a strong scholarship essay can be your key to getting through college with minimal student loan debt. This month’s 5 on the 5 th offers some tips for preparing, staying on track and ultimately writing an outstanding scholarship essay that will make you stand out from the crowd.
1. Read the instructions
Make sure you understand all the essay expectations before you begin. Return to the instructions and reread them as you write your essay to make sure you are staying on track.
2. Write an outline
Outlines are critical and writing one can help you organize your thoughts and help you stay focused on the essay topic.
3. Keep it readable
You’re headed off to college and learned lots of big SAT words over the last year, but you should refrain from throwing them all into your essay. Keep your essay clear and concise. Essay readers are reading many essays in a sitting. Rambling sentences and confusing verbiage can bore a reader.
4. Tell your story
Don’t just rattle off your resume but paint a picture that shows why your accomplishments matter to you. Adding meaning to your achievements will help you make a connection with the scholarship essay reader.
5. Proofread to perfection
Check that your grammar and spelling are impeccable. Read it out loud to make sure the essay flows well. Then, once you’ve got your best product, have someone with strong writing and editing skills proofread the essay before you submit it.
Bonus Tip
Once you've invested time in a scholarship essay, reuse it! Make any adjustments necessary to meet other scholarship program's requirements.
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Getting the Most Out of Scholarship Websites
Wednesday, November 14th
10:00–11:00 a.m.

In this webinar we'll take a closer look at a few of the most popular scholarship listing websites used by students today. We'll also explore each site to find its strengths and discover how to use each site to the fullest.
For additional helpful information and resources, find  previous issues of 5 on the 5th on our website.

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