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…

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…

Where NOT to Look For Scholarships

You should never have to PAY anybody to help you find scholarships. This game is about increasing your college fund, not decreasing it! Some companies out there will charge you a fee for the “service” of assisting you in your scholarship search. They might make promises like: “We GUARANTEE that our clients will win a…

Not Such a Tall Order After All

In my last post I wrote about how some scholarship-granting organizations narrow down the number of people who are eligible for their scholarships by offering them to only a specific type of individual. What specific types of individual? you asked, so in my next few posts I’m going to focus on some very (sometimes very…

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…

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…