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Scholarship Research (ENGL 1301, Lopez, Fall 2019): Home

Tips When Evaluating Results

  • Focus on unique characteristics or skills that define you and make you stand out from other students.
  • Don't be afraid to follow unusual leads--many scholarships come from companies or organizations that you might not expect.
  • Don't focus only on award size: Some smaller, lesser-known scholarship opportunities may get few or no applicants in a given year, and lots of smaller awards can add up.
  • Don't let self-doubt hold you back from exploring an option that might feel like "aiming high."

Advice on Essays

Here are some tips for writing a great essay:

  • Use an outline. Collect your thoughts, key points, and create a general structure for the essay.
  • Use real, vivid examples of how an experience impacted you. Discuss the lessons you learned. For example, how did working at a homeless shelter impact the way you look at the underserved population in your area? How are you an outspoken leader? When have you exemplified teamwork?
  • Skip the exaggerations. If your experience isn’t real, it will show and your essay will come across as inauthentic.
  • Be ready for a question about your weaknesses or a failure. Use this opportunity to be very honest, but also showcase how you learned from this experience to show your personal growth and resolve.
  • Proofread your essay. Reviewers are not looking for text-message essays or tweeted experiences. Proper grammar and punctuation show reviewers how meticulous and thorough you are.
  • Get others to review your essay. A different point of view or perspective can make a great difference and help you make your point more clearly.


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