How to write a winning essay

6 tips for writing a winning scholarship essay.

Once you publish your Wyzant Scholarship essay, you will no longer be able to revisit it for edits... *Waves goodbye.* With that in mind, here are 6 important things to keep in mind before submitting your application to the Interwebs.

  1. Get inspired

    Check out the winning essays from past years to see what it takes to stand out from the rest and walk away with the Wyzant Scholarship in tow.

  2. Be your creative self

    You are at the heart of this story, so tell us in your own words what makes it different and unique. In addition, consider how your experience will inspire others who may find themselves in similar situations. Be thoughtful, be imaginative, but most importantly—be yourself.

  3. Choose the right words

    Our scholarship essay allows for 300 words and no more. Make sure every word counts. Don’t write a lengthy introduction and try to cram the body of your essay into the last 100 words.

  4. Stay focused on the topic

    Make the most of your 300 word limit, and make sure you’re answering the right question. Having a plan is never a bad idea. If you find yourself stuck on where or how to get started, consider plotting out your thoughts via an outline, and then work to fill in the blanks.

  5. Edit your essay

    Editing your essay is a crucial step that can often be overlooked. And editing isn’t just about fixing typos. It’s about making sure your essay is readable and flows in a sensible way from one thought to the next. It should be something you’re proud to share with the multitude of eyeballs that are sure to read it, so remember to take a moment for the following:

    1. Check that your essay addresses the question
    2. Fix any spelling or grammatical errors
    3. Read your essay out loud for a better sense of flow
    4. Have someone else read it for a second opinion
  6. Share, share, share

    We want everyone to show off their best work. Once you’ve submitted your essay, be sure to tell your friends and family to vote (ten finalists of the initial 20 selected are determined by popular vote). Take advantage of social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and ask people to help you promote it to their friends and family, too.

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