Using “text speak” in scholarship applications and essays is not acceptable.
As texting, tweeting, and Facebook messaging become more and more prevalent, students are becoming less concerned with grammar and the correct use of punctuation in their writing.
While this may seem OK for sending messages to family and friends, it is definitely NOT OK in college scholarship applications and essays.
Students need to remember that most scholarship judges are people in important positions within their organizations who appreciate and remember the applications of students who write correctly using proper grammar.
Trying to stay within an essay word requirement by using LOL, YKWIM, and NP will not only confuse many judges, it will make that application the perfect example of one quickly tossed into the “non-winners” pile without another thought. Proper grammar is extremely important in scholarship essays and applications!