Read Another Winner

In my last post, I shared one of the essays I used to scholarship my way through college. Here’s a second sample successful scholarship essay—this one’s about my favorite type of community service work. Question: “Describe a particular aspect of your service activities and accomplishments and relate the impact it has had on you and…

Read a Winner!

Here’s the first of two sample winning essays I’m going to share with you guys. Remember me talking about the essay I wrote on democracy for a scholarship offered by the League of Women Voters organization? Things got a little sticky in the middle of the process, but I did not give up! Here’s the…

Play the Essay Critiquing Game (Again)!

In my last post, I offered you the chance to play the Essay Critiquing Game. Did you nail it? Did you miss some errors? Here’s a second bite at the Essay Critiquing Cherry! Sarah writes a much more passionate essay about keeping a snake as a pet. After beginning with a creative title, she resists…

Play the Essay Critiquing Game!

Here’s your chance to practice your essay-flaw detection skills by critiquing the following example essay: A fictional organization, the 42nd Street Herpetological Society, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a worthy high school student who has an interest in reptile ownership. The essay question requirements are as follows: “Tell us in a paragraph of ten…

Rewrite, Recheck, Reuse

Your essay is not complete just because you’ve typed the last word and hit “Save.” There are more steps you need to take before you seal and mail your scholarship application. They are the three “RE’s” to RE-member: Rewrite, Recheck, and Reuse. Rewrite The first draft of your essay is, well, your first draft. Before…

Tantalizing Titles

Isn‘t the title supposed to come first? Why have I already written posts on hooking your reader, and leaving with a bang (with an additional conclusion case study) before I’ve gotten around to mentioning them? I’ve left the first part of your essay for last, because it often makes sense for you to wait until you’ve completed…

A Conclusion Case Study

In my last post, I gave you some tips on how to finish your college scholarship essay with a bang. Using examples to demonstrate the points we want to make is a solid strategy for essay writing, so let’s take a look at this introduction to an essay written by a girl who longs to…

Leave with a Bang

You already know you want to lure those judges into caring about your essay with an exciting opening, but you also need to leave them with something to remember. The conclusion of your essay is the last part they’ll read, so it will be the freshest thing on their minds when they reflect upon each…

Write Like a Winner!

Sorry, but I’ve got bad news for you—I can’t teach you how to write well in just a few paragraphs. The good news is that you’ll find no end to the resources available to assist you with comma placement, verb tenses, and other important aspects of English composition. I’ll give you a list of things…

Hook Your Reader

Sometimes it’s a good idea to save the best for last, but not when you write your college scholarship essay! Don’t leave the judges plodding along hoping that your writing will pick up its pace somewhere before the end. If you think it’s a good idea to begin your essay by stating, “Hi, my name…

Finding His Creative Niche: Channing’s Scholarship Story

“Action!” On cue, Bobby, who was playing the role of a homicide detective, began to brutishly interrogate Channing’s little brother about the sudden disappearance of “Flashcard Man.” “Did you torture him first, you creep?” Bobby shouted. When the suspect refused to speak, his interrogator continued to scream at him. “What did you do?” “Did you…

Is This Scholarship Right for Me?

Do you sometimes come upon a scholarship that doesn’t seem quite right for you, and ask yourself if you should just go ahead and apply anyway? If you are ineligible for the scholarship, then my answer is “No.” You will be wasting your own valuable time, not to mention the time of the committee member…