Your essay is not a novel. Heed the word limit.

Scholarship Mom Tip #29: Your Essay is Not a Novel

Your scholarship essay is not a novel and should not be your life’s story, unless, of course you can state it in 500 words or less (or whatever the word limit is)!

Don’t blow your chances of getting a scholarship on a technicality.

Scholarship mom tip 29

Do not exceed the scholarship essay word limit

Scholarship applications that come with essay requirements usually have word limits.  These word limits (500 words, 1000 words, etc.) are in place for a number of reasons:

— They keep students from rambling on and on, they save time in the judging process, and they show if a student is following directions by sticking to the required number of words. 

— Students who follow word count directions are looked upon more favorably than those who ignore the scholarship guidelines or decide to squeeze in just a few more words.

— Scholarship judges need to eliminate the applicants that will not be winners in order to narrow down their choices and ultimately pick the scholarship recipient. 

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Don’t give the reviewers an easy reason to disqualify your application. Always follow scholarship word count requirements!

Monica Matthews, Scholarship MomMonica Matthews is our favorite scholarship mom! After helping her son win $100,000 in scholarships for his college education, she founded to share what she learned along the way and now she’s sharing her tips with SmartCollegeVisit!