Scholarship Mom Tip #157:Tell Me A Story

If I were a scholarship judge, I’d want you to tell me a story.

Everyone loves to read true stories and college scholarship judges are no different.

Writing the required essay into story form with interesting and personal details is a great way to get the judges’ attention from the beginning and keep it until the end.

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This quote is from a scholarship judge who has hundreds of essays to read in order to choose the winning applicant:

“The ones I pay attention to are AUTHENTIC. The quality of the work reflects original thoughts; they avoid broad generalizations and make their point by telling a specific story to demonstrate their point.”
                                   — Christina McIntyre, Senior Associate Director, University Honors, Virginia Tech

After writing the essay, students need to ask themselves:

  • Did I completely answer the question asked?
  • Did I start out with a compelling opening?
  • Is my essay within the word limit requirements?
  • Do I include or allude to the background and/or mission statement of the organization offering the scholarship money in my writing?
  • Does my essay tell a personal, true, and engaging story?

The essay is the heart of the application and can easily make or break the student’s chances of winning the scholarship money. Doing a little research into what scholarship judges are looking for is the best way to apply smarter and write great essays.

What's missing from your scholarship essay?


Related: The Scholarship Essay Tip
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