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  • SCHOLARSHIP RESOURCE CENTER
SCHOLARSHIP
WRITING
  • WHAT WE'RE
DISCUSSING
PRE-WRITING

OVERVIEW
What Makes You, You
Leadership Roles and
Improvements
Challenges and Failure
Understand Who They Are
Know the Requirements
Map It Out
  • WHAT WE'RE
DISCUSSING
WRITING
OVERVIEW
Write from a Plan
Write Efficiently and with
Meaning
Action Words
Critically Word Tasks
Talking Yourself Up
Proof Read
  • PRE-WRITING
PLANNING AND PREPARATION
MAKES EVERYTHING EASIER
Have you ever tried to put something
together without instruction? You can do
it, but it usually takes much longer with
more effort.
  • WHAT MAKES
YOU, YOU!
COMMITTEES LOVE THREE CATEGORIES:
Academics
Leadership
Volunteerism
CREATE A LIST OF "YOU"
Having a pre-drafted list can help you
quickly pinpoint essay prompts for
specific scholarships.
PRE-WRITING
Organizations/Clubs
Volunteer Opportunities
Awards/Recognition
Demographic Information
Military Relations
Disabilities
Athletics
Hobbies and Interests
Favorites (Color, Food, etc.)
Illnesses
Single Parent
Leadership Roles
  • TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR
CHALLENGES AND FAILURES
Failed a Class?
Bombed a presentation?
Gone through a difficult time?
  • UNDERSTAND WHO
THEY ARE
Research the
entity providing
the scholarship to
understand them
and what they
stand for.
PRE-WRITING
Cater your essay to
their:
Interests
Values
Missions
They are most likely
to chose a person
they believe will
carry their values
and goals forward.
  • GIVING YOURSELF
THE EDGE
Make yourself standout
from the next person.
PRE-WRITING
Reach out to the coordinator and
ask a simple question to provide
name recognition when they review
your application later on.
  • MAKE IT
PERSONAL AND
PASSIONATE
Phrasing matters!
Most list what they've done, not why they do it.
If you won awards for acting, do not just list that
accomplishment, say how acting has helped you
overcome shyness.
PRE-WRITING
  • KNOW THE
REQUIREMENTS
Read the requirements.
Read them again.
Know every detail they want you to include.
If you miss anything, you could be
disqualified.
  • MAP IT OUT
Start with a mind map, then build
that into an outline.
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PRE-WRITING
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  • WRITING
ONCE PLANNING IS FINISHED,
WRITING BECOMES EASIER
Here are some tips to make writing
scholarship essays a breeze.
WRITING
  • WRITE FROM A
PLAN
After you've made an outline, simply fill in
the holes. This is the quickest way to a
coherent essay.
WRITING
  • OPEN STRONG
Do NOT paraphrase the essay question
or writing prompt.
Most of the applicants will open
through paraphrasing.
The best way to stand out is to open
with an interesting story to catch the
readers attention.
WRITING
  • WRITE
EFFICIENTLY
KNOW THE WORD COUNT
Make sure every word you write has
impact and meaning.
Be concise.
Remember that your goal is to wow
the committee.
Your application should
do three things:
Fit the requirements.
Stand apart from the crowd.
Make it clear why you are the best
candidate for their selection.
  • ACTION WORDS
Be smart about your word
choice to beef up your essay.
Ask ....... Inquire
Attempt ....... Embark
Collect ....... Accrue
Find ....... Obtain
Know ....... Perceive
Make ....... Beget
WRITING
  • CRITICALLY WORD TASKS
Be smart about your word
choice to beef up your essay.
Organizing Tasks
Editing Work
Setting Priorities
Computer Software Skills
Encouraging Others
Analyzing Problems
WRITING
  • BRAGGING
Don't be afraid to brag, but do it in a
way that's not too showy.
If you don't tell them what you've done
in the past, they will never know!
Write what you've accomplished in a
way that isn't too in their face.
Speak to your passions and interests
and how they turned into opportunities.
WRITING
  • PROOF READ
Read through your finished essay,
and look closely for any grammar
errors or misspellings.
WRITING
After you've proof read, ask someone
else to look at it too. Fresh eyes help
to find hidden errors.
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FOR YOUR
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