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Brainstorming for scholarship

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Brainstorming can help you make a list of the possible topics and subject areas to write about. Consider the following questions and how they relate to the goals and interests of the scholarship sponsors.

How will the scholarship help you achieve your goals and ambitions?
What distinguishes you from others who may be enrolling for this scholarship?
What do you hope to contribute to this field?
Why did you choose this scholarship and what do you hope to achieve?
What problems have you overcome in your life and how did you learn from them?
What goals have you achieved in your life?
What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?
How have you contributed to your community/country/church/profession/school/ethnic group and what did you learn?
What work experience have you had and what have you gained from that experience?
What are your career goals and where do you plan to be in the next 10 years?
What are you passionate about and how does this relate to the scholarship

Stand Out From the Crowd
So how do you write a scholarship essay that will make you stand out? The scholarship committee will read hundreds of essays; many of these essays will sound similar to one another and contain rather bland and general statements about how the scholarship will benefit them. Itís important to stand out from the crowd and not write an essay that is too general or similar to everyone elseís. Your personality and individuality should stand out. Providing personal experiences unique to you is one way of doing this. These should be specific experiences that are vivid and illustrate the achievements or qualities you want the judges to know about; particularly experiences relating to the type of scholarship you are applying for. Think from the perspective of the judge and what they are likely to remember about you.

Try not to be repetitive and repeat information on the application form but use the essay to tell the judges something they would not otherwise know about you. If they ask for a personal statement about yourself choose qualities and interests that you think the judges and sponsors are looking for. You could talk about what interests you and what affect it has had on your life and where it may lead you in the future.

Things to Consider
Before you send the scholarship essay itís always a good idea to get someone elseís perspective by having it read by one or two other people you trust Ė this could be an English teacher, counselor or parent. Have them provide suggestions and advice on how it could be improved and ask them to look out for mistakes in spelling and grammar. Lastly have it typed out so it is easy to read and take advantage of any help from your school. Get suggestions from other students applying for the same scholarship.

Keep revising your essay looking for mistakes or things you could improve. It helps to come back and read your essay at a different time. You can ask your friend or use online university essay help to revise your essay. Try and conclude the essay so that it briefly summarizes the essay stating the main point of writing it.

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