How To Write A Winning Scholarship Essay

You want to write an amazing essay that will help you get a scholarship for the University of your Dreams but you don’t know how to start it yet? Not to worry!

This article is a step by step guide that will help you write a great essay, which could potentially increase your odds of getting that scholarship you need.

We will cover some topics that you could write on, while briefly explaining what to write in each part of the essay.

Before starting, we would like to emphasise on the prompt that is given for you to follow almost as if your life depends on it.

It is highly important that you keep in mind the smallest details such as the format and the word count.

You should read the instructions and grading rubric several times before AND after writing the essay, so you don’t miss out on any of the details.

Essay Outline

This part of writing the essay is highly crucial. You can draft the essay through the outline, briefly writing some pointers for each part of the essay.

For example, the introduction will include who you are, your upbringing, etc. Here you can mention what led you to choosing the specific university you are writing the essay for.

List all your achievements in the draft, as well as your goals, career wise and educational. And the skills you possess, and how you obtained them and use them.


This part will make or break your essay, because the introduction will decide whether or not the reader, i.e. the college admissions board, is interested enough to take your essay seriously.

Before you finalize the introduction, we advise you to browse through free essays online as well as going through related topics so you are exactly sure as to how to go about it.

In the introduction, you can be as specific as possible such as writing about a childhood experience that is interesting enough to be used as an opening.

We advise not to use quotations because it’s very clichéd. If you don’t want to get personal, talk about a problem in the environment and how you have plans on changing it.

Your introduction should also include a thesis statement that will summarize the whole point of your essay. You should also start by choosing an interesting title so it is grasping for the audience.

How you finish the essay is just as crucial as the introduction. You can be appreciative of the fact that you have come this far, and how hopeful you are for the future.

End it on a positive note. You can rewrite the thesis statement, but don’t just copies paste it.

If you are planning to paraphrase it make sure you do it cleverly, so it does not sound repetitive.

Once you are finished, make sure you review your work multiple times. Perhaps, ask a friend to read it as well as a third eye.

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