Essay writing can be stressful. To help you craft your essay, we have created some tips to assist you. Keep in mind that the winner’s essay will be published on our scholarship page. What you write will be seen by future applicants. Take the time you need to submit your best work.
- Complete Online Form. As the form requests, make sure to fill out the form correctly and completely. The form includes your full name, phone number, email and school’s name. If you do not provide all relevant information, your essay will not be considered. Take an extra minute to make sure the information is correct.
- Make an outline for your essay. It might seem strange to make an outline for such a short essay, but in many ways, it’s even more important. You have fewer words to work with to convey your thoughts and ideas. By making an outline, you help yourself focus on the quality and overarching theme of your essay. Essays with outlines have a clearer sense of direction and they can help you organize your thoughts in a more coherent manner.
- Cite your sources. If you give a statistic or make a claim, be prepared to cite your source. Cited Sources are vital to your essay because they lend support to your argument. If you incorporate evidence such as, “On average there are more than 3,000 deaths a day worldwide,” and you do not cite your source, your essay will not be considered. If you have an idea, research it. See if anyone else has asked the same questions and what have they found? This will add great value to your essay. If you need additional understanding as to what needs to be cited in an essay, read this article from Temple University. If you need help citing your sources, Purdue OWL is a good place to start. It is up to you how you choose to cite your sources, (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) just make sure it is done correctly and consistently.
- Double check your grammar. It’s always a good idea to reread your essay and specifically look for any grammatical errors. I It’s even a better idea to have others look it over after you. They can give you an outsider’s perspective and help you notice errors you might have overlooked.
- Be unique and creative. Keep in mind that there will be many applications for the scholarship. Many of them sound similar. So, if you want to be the selected winner of the scholarship, it is a good idea to make it as interesting and engaging as possible for your readers. Make your essay stand out.
- Coherent and simple. The essay prompt may ask you to address a certain problem in society and what your suggestions might be to improve the situation. When giving suggestions, make sure that they are reasonable, and helpful. Ask yourself if someone were to oppose your idea, what would be their argument? It may be a good idea to talk through the idea with someone else. Ask them to find all faults with it. This will help you find a stronger position and how to better it.
Remember that quality is always better than quantity, especially in an essay with a word count between 300-500 words. Go through your essay and ask if every sentence has value and adds to your entry. Follow the tips we have given. They will help you create a better essay that will demonstrate your continual ambition for betterment for yourself and for the community, which is truly what this scholarship is about.