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.

Do not exceed the scholarship essay word limit

Scholarship mom tip 29

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:

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

Secondly, students who follow directions are looked upon more favorably than those who ignore the guidelines or decide to squeeze in “just a few more words.”

And finally, scholarship judges need to eliminate the applicants that will not be winners to narrow down their choices and ultimately pick a recipient. 

RELATED: Save your data, save your sanity!

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


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