Get Specific

Some individuals or organizations narrow down the number of people who are eligible for their scholarships by offering them to only a specific type of individual. Some of these awards may be highly competitive (not to say that YOU won’t be the winner), but you might be lucky enough to discover an award that is…

Get Local

At the end of the movie The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy says “… if I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.” Learn from the girl’s mistakes, and before you head out battling “wizards“ (4.0 students) and “witches“ (cranky people who spend so much time…

Bow to the Whim of the Powers That Be

So you’ve conquered your writer’s block, and now you’re really feeling the flow! Yes, you are original and creative! You are a free spirit—a rebel who doesn’t take orders from anybody… right? Wrong! You do take orders from people who want to give you money. Don’t just skim the instructions for writing your scholarship essay….

5 Writer’s Block-busters

In my last post, I promised some writer’s block-busting tips, and have I ever lied to you guys? 1. Remember that this is your first draft, and relax a little.  You are probably feeling crushed by the heavy importance of this assignment. This essay isn’t about the difference between a C or a C-minus on…

Don’t Give Up Now! 

You’ve got your essay question in front of you, your desktop is neatly tidied, the house is empty and quiet, and the cursor is blinking happily at the beginning of a fresh Word document. Your computer screen glows with optimism, the creative possibilities are endless, but you’ve got nothing. Your mind is as blank as…

Ready, Set… Wait Wait!

You‘ve taken all my advice to heart, and now you‘ve come up with a brilliant essay topic that is original, passionate, appropriate, and, most importantly, presents YOU as the world’s most excellent candidate for a scholarship award! But here’s two important things to consider before you begin enthusiastically pounding on your keyboard! 1: Set up…

Know the Organization

So now you know when to shut up when writing your college scholarship essay, but here’s another know that can help you secure that ‘yes’ from a committee: know the organization. This trick doesn‘t work in every situation, but sometimes researching the sponsoring group, institution, or individual can go a long way toward helping you…

Knowing When To Shut Up

So you’ve read my recent series of posts on how to find your voice when writing your college scholarship essay – but there is something almost as important as knowing when to talk: when to shut up. Here’s three important Don’ts you do want to consider: Don’t Be Smart Just by clicking onto the C Students…

The Five Ps of Professionalism: Positivity

Preparation? Check. Presentation? Check. Punctuality? Check. Personality? Check. Ready for the fifth and final P of Professionalism? You bet you are! You are an enthusiastic person with dreams and goals that you feel passionate about. The scholarship committee wants to give its award to a person who they deem will be a success in life,…

The Five Ps of Professionalism: Personality

Even before you read my recent posts on how to be an Interview Rockstar, I’m sure you had already heard all the standard advice about making a good first impression: Firm handshake Eye contact Pleasant demeanor etc., In addition to acting friendly and personable overall, you should look for opportunities to dedicate a little time…

The Five Ps of Professionalism: Punctuality

A key component of professionalism is showing up for appointments on time. Scholarships are a business proposition, and nobody in the business world wants to wait and get behind in schedule! Use these five tips to make sure you get to your interview on time: Gather everything you need the night before. 7 a.m. on…

The Five Ps of Professionalism: Presentation

So you’ve done your research and prepared for all the questions your prospective interviewers are going to throw at you, and now you’re ready, right? Nope, there’s one more thing you need to get in order: your clothes… When you meet the scholarship committee, you want to look gooood! There’s no need to go totally formal,…