5 points that would make your Scholarship essay successful

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how to write a successful scholarship essay

The responsibility of deciding who gets in and who does not sounds great to some. Almost all the students who apply to any scholarships are at the very least quite good, and most are close to great or even better with excellent track records and activities filling their profiles. Often, the pool of students who would contribute to a school is far larger than the spaces that are allotted.

So here we have some tips to follow on how to write a successful scholarship essay


1. Being concise about your interest.

Even though the main essay has only a suggested minimum of 250 words, and no upper  limit, every admissions officer has a big stack to read every day; he or  she expects to spend only a couple of minutes on the essay. If you go over 700 words, you are straining their patience, which no one should  want to do.

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2. Be honest with your achievements.

Don’t embellish your achievements, titles, and offices. It’s just fine to be the copy editor of the newspaper or the treasurer of the College Club, instead of being the president. Not everyone has to be the star at  everything. You will feel better if you don’t strain to inflate  yourself.

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3. Be an individual and avoid faking.

In writing the  essay, ask yourself, “How can I distinguish myself from those thousands  of others applying to such an opportunity whom I don’t know—and even the ones I do know?” It’s not in your activities or interests. If you’re going  straight from high school to college, you’re just a teenager, doing  teenage things. It is your mind and how it works that are distinctive. How do you think? Sure, that’s hard to explain, but that’s the key to  the whole exercise.

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4. Be coherent about your content.

Obviously, you don’t want to babble, but I mean write about just one  subject at a time. Don’t try to cover everything in an essay. Doing so  can make you sound busy, but at the same time, scattered and  superficial. The whole application is a series of snapshots of what you  do. It is inevitably incomplete. The institution expect this. Go along with them

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5. Be accurate with your information.

I don’t mean just use  spell check . Attend to the other mechanics of  good writing, including conventional punctuation in the use of commas,  semicolons, etc. If you are writing about Dickens, don’t say he wrote Wuthering Heights. If you write about Nietzsche, spell his name right.


Little things in life puts a greater meaning than the whole scale model you look to provide in front of the man behind the desk reading your application. You are not the very first to write whatever you are writing or show whatever you did. So be honest with your world and put a simple sketch of truth which is far more easier to believe.





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Vinay Nair likes to explore topics related to higher education and looks forward to help prospective students with queries related to their study abroad dreams.


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