Scholarship Writing Tips

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We get it – applying for scholarships isn’t always easy. When you’re writing essay after essay, adding one more to the list might be the last thing you want to do.

It’s totally normal to feel frustrated, but don’t let that stop you! Stay calm, stay organized, and think about the potential rewards that a short essay might give you toward your education.

Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind, no matter what scholarship you’re applying for:

Set aside some time.

Even the best writers take a good amount of time to compose their best work. Plus, don’t forget a few rounds of revisions, even after you think you’re done! To avoid stress, give yourself plenty of time to write and refine your essay, instead of waiting until the last minute.

Review the instructions.

Every scholarship is different, so make sure you’re reading the requirements closely! Some may ask for a high school transcript or letters of recommendation, or even call for a minimum GPA or involvement in a certain activity to be eligible. For the TakeLessons Scholarship, it’s pretty easy to apply – no need for transcripts or other documents, but we do ask that you follow the prompt we’ve provided.

Get creative.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’re using the prompt and making sure your story is relevant – but that doesn’t mean you have to stifle your creativity! Think about what makes your answer unique, and play that up. For example, is your goal a little bit silly or different? Are you working toward it in a unique way? Great! Use that to your advantage to stand out.

Ask for help.

It’s always smart to get a second pair of eyes on your work, even if you feel like you’ve re-read it a hundred times! It’s easy to gloss over missing words or letters when you know what you’re trying to say in your head, so asking a family member, friend, or teacher to read your essay can definitely help.


This is where the TakeLessons Scholarship is a bit different – the public will be selecting who moves on to the finalist round, so you’ll need support from your friends, family, and community! Once you’ve submitted your essay, we encourage you to share the link with all of your social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, and also email the link to your family and friends. Let them know you need their votes to win!

From all of us at TakeLessons, good luck!