Here, an example of what NOT to do in an essay - and some tips on making yourself a better candidate for scholarship cash.
Here's one of the essays we received for a previous scholarship contest, to help you learn the do's and don'ts of essay writing: “To be able to hold onto your money you have to know how to manage it. As teenagers we often have no idea how to manage money and we end up wasting a lot of it.
So you have to sit down and balance what you spend in a month with what you actually make, and whether that’s the money you get for your birthday that you manage to stretch with help from mom’s pocketbook or it’s the minimum wage that you get from the local fast food joint where you have managed to find employment the money comes from somewhere and it needs to be written down. This includes balancing your checkbook and reviewing your online statements, as well as calculating any emergency expenses that you were not considering.
This needs to be fluid as sometimes things come up that you just couldn’t have forseen. You are not always going to have the time to sit there with a calculator crunching numbers so create small ways to keep thing balanced without having to.
it’s bad enough not to capitalize words at the beginning of a sentence, but at the beginning of a paragraph it stands out even more! In this example, the writer does not have proper command over the use of commas — namely they are missing in places they should have been added and added places they are not required.
The essay writer uses poor word choices, improper grammar and mistakes such as having too many spaces between words.
Scholarship essays are very similar to your college application essays in terms of strategy.
Many scholarship hopefuls will share the same grades, test scores, and ambitions: the essay is your chance to shine (and grow that dream college fund! When you’re drafting your scholarship essay, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind: Leave yourself plenty of time to produce a well thought-out entry.
If you need more money to pay for college, chances are you will be applying for several college scholarships.
A great scholarship essay helps the scholarship provider understand the real person behind the application and can be the key to winning the award (assuming you meet the other scholarship criteria).