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In our modern era, writing an essay isn’t the only way to apply for scholarships. While it is still a common practice, these days you can apply for scholarships simply by tweeting or posting videos to your social media accounts. As fun as that may be, knowing how to write a great essay is still an important step in collecting those helpful scholarship funds.

Stay on Topic

Every scholarship essay is slightly different—some will have a specific prompt while others will be open-ended and require a little creativity. Either way, sticking to the prompt will ensure you keep your paper on point. If the prompt proves to be a little challenging, underline the verbs and key words to help you identify the purpose of the assignment. Once you have a clear understanding of the prompt, create an outline to organize your thoughts and get your ideas down on paper. Use your organizational tools like Evernote or Google Docs to keep your outline—and your ideas—safe in the cloud.

Use Your Skills

By now, the essay is a familiar part of your writing repertoire, and this is the perfect opportunity to pull out your writing skills and make your English teacher proud. Some scholarship essays will require you to be more personal than what you might be used to. This is common in college application essays as well, so consider this a great opportunity to practice being you, on paper. Writing a research paper and writing a personal essay still use the same concepts of structure and form, however, so be sure to use clear, concise language and include the basic elements: An introduction (including your thesis), a body and a conclusion. Following suit with your application, set aside the essay for a day or two and approach it from a fresh perspective. Spend time proofreading and have a family member or friend edit and proofread for you as well. Check your grammar through a free tool, like grammarly.com. Just remember that sometimes the computer can’t catch all the idiosyncrasies of the English language, and you should always be the final editor of your essay.

For more help writing your college admission essay, download the resource: "Ace Your College Essay." You can download the book for free here

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