The Five Ps of Professionalism: Preparation

Learning to behave in a professional manner is a skill that will benefit you in multiple facets of your life. Whether it be a job promotion, a membership to a prestigious country club, a nomination for a presidency, or even just clearance to adopt a puppy from your local animal shelter, getting what you want…

How to Become an Interview Rockstar

YES!!!! You’ve received a letter or a phone call congratulating you for being a scholarship finalist! You feel like you’re on the very top of the world and looking straight down into a gaping chasm of despair and distress. This particular scholarship committee is not willing to simply read over your application and write out…

Finding Your Voice 5: Be Positive!

So we’ve talked about how you got to be original, you have to be passionate, you better be honest, and you must be descriptive. Now here’s my final tip for how to find your voice for your college scholarship essay: be positive!!! Attending college is all about optimism for the future. Your scholarship essay should…

Finding Your Voice 4: Be Descriptive

Nothing will start a classroom full of preschoolers picking their noses and pulling each other’s hair faster than their teacher reading a boring book out loud. Nobody likes a boring story, so make sure that your story keeps those judges riveted and awed. “My life is sort of boring,” you might be tempted to say,…

Finding Your Voice 3: Be Honest

Be original? Check. Be passionate? Check. What’s your next tip for finding your voice?  I hear you ask. Well, listen here, I can honestly tell you that the worst mistake you can make when writing your college scholarship essay is to try to fake it. Put your best effort into finding an original and passionate approach…

Finding Your Voice 2: Be Passionate

It takes a lot of spirit to convince somebody that you are the best out of the bunch, but if you can use your essay to sell yourself, it will mean college money in your pocket! The judges want to know that you are the type of person with the enthusiasm and dedication to take…

Finding Your Voice 1: Be Original

Originality is the prime directive when writing scholarship essays, because it’s essential that your work stands out from the crowd. You may think it‘s impossible to come up with a truly unique idea amongst hundreds of other applicants all answering the same query, but you‘ve got a secret weapon at your disposal. If you need…

Developing a Scholarship Game Plan

It’s 4th quarter, and time on the clock is counting down. You need to get the ball in your court. This is not a scene in a basketball game; I’m talking about your life! My point is, not many people will associate going to colle ge with a sports game unless you’re yearning to become a college…

Reveal Yourself

The assigned topic for your scholarship essay might be very specific, or the committee may have given you miles of leeway to choose something personal to write about. Whatever the topic appears to be on the surface, the essay is really about YOU. When you are asked to share your views on global warming, or…

Hot Topics

If you have begun to look at the requirements for college scholarship applications, you’ve probably already seen a wide range of question topics for the essays, and maybe you’ve asked yourself: Why are they forcing me to write about this!? Remember, though: The bottom line is that the scholarship committees are offering you FREE MONEY,…

Get Writing Already

Okay, you’ve found a bunch of scholarships you feel qualified to win, your applications are filled out and stacked in a neat pile with the first due on the top, you’ve got manila envelopes and a sheet of stamps waiting patiently in your desk drawer, but you can proceed no further without tackling the most…