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If you’re looking for some extra money to help pay for college, chances are you’ll be applying for college scholarships. Scholarship applications and requirements can vary from to year to year, but you will most likely still be required to submit an essay. A scholarship essay may be very similar to your college application essays in terms of strategy: making yourself stand out. A great scholarship essay can be essential for winning the award. With these eight steps, provided by The Princeton Review, you can create a winning scholarship essay.  

1. Start the essay writing process early 

Give yourself plenty of time to write a well thought out essay. Be sure to take the time to brainstorm, create an outline and write several drafts. Always edit and revise your work.  

2. Understand the scholarship provider’s overall mission and purpose 

Each scholarship provider will have their own criteria for a student to meet. Therefore, consider writing about an experience or interest connecting you to the organization’s mission. Your genuine passion for the topic should shine through in your writing.  

3. Follow the scholarship essay instructions 

Do not miss out on the chance to earn a scholarship by not following instructions. Carefully read and follow all necessary steps before submitting your essay. 

4. Steer clear from negativity or pessimism 

Essay topics on hardships are meant to show scholarship providers how you overcame obstacles and succeeded in your experiences (or learned from times of mistake and failure).  

5. Don’t be afraid to get personal 

Share who you are with this opportunity to elaborate more about yourself. Telling your genuine story will provide a more memorable essay to the scholarship committee. 

6. Seek out writing advice and feedback 

Have a friend, family member, teacher, or tutor review your essay. They can give helpful advice and feedback to enhance your final product.  

7. Spelling and grammar matter 

Scholarship committees notice grammar and spelling mistakes. Even the smallest error can distract a reader from your overall message. Before submitting your application, proofread your essay from beginning to end, then check it again.  

8. Don’t give up! 

When you are tired, take a break but, do not quit. If you are stuck, you can reach out to mentors and tutors for some help in brainstorming and revising. The Princeton Review offers online tutors for essay writing help.  

You can read the full article 8 Steps for Writing a Winning Scholarship Essay from The Princeton Review today and be sure to apply for NSCS scholarships.