What are we looking for in an award winning essay? Here are a few guidelines to help you in your writing process:
Back to basics – Carefully look over your essay for any spelling or grammar errors before submitting it. Read your work out loud to make sure wording and sentence structure is correct. Having someone proof read your essay can be very helpful to find errors you may have missed or clarify points that are unclear.
Be creative – Are you bored reading your essay? Then the reader is too! Let your creative, unique personality shine through in your writing. Allowing your individual voice to come through your work draws the reader in and helps you to stand out among a sea of applicants.
Tell a story – If a scholarship contest is looking for a resume, it will ask for one. Don’t use a creative writing scholarship as a chance to list your achievements and volunteer activities unless of course they are directly related to the theme. Address the theme directly and use personal stories to enhance your writing.
Stew on it – Take some time with the concept or essay prompt to create a story that is unique to you. The first idea that comes to mind might not be the most original thought. Choose scholarships with a deadline far enough away that you have a chance to come up with a new and interesting concept, develop that concept into an exceptional essay that represents you, and then have time to revise and edit the piece as needed.
Feel like your essay is award winning material? Submit it to the Direct Textbook High School Senior Scholarship Essay Contest here.