Scholarship Season!

Scholarship Season!

Rochelle Elliott

College is a big deal and also a big money investment. However, this big money investment can surely financially stress you and those who are supporting you through this process. Wait… what’s that? A scholarship opportunity?? You know what that is: FREE MONEY! Well, at the cost of keeping up your grades of course. It also means… essays. Yeah, essays about you and what you like and why you deserve it and blah blah blah but that blah blah blah can get you some bucks. Here’s some tips from Pierce College on how to turn that blah into bucks.

  1. Plan ahead
  • Don’t procrastinate!
  • Give yourself plenty of time to review and edit your essay
  • Be aware of the deadline date (i.e.: received vs. postmark)


  1. Talk about your accomplishments
  • Be clear and to the point
  • Don’t brag or over-sell yourself


  1. State your need
  • What is your financial situation?
  • Do you work?
  • Do you receive support from your family?
  • Do you receive financial aid?


  1. Keep it simple
  • Don’t use unnecessary words (i.e., don’t use three words when one will do)
  • Don’t include unnecessary information just to “fill the page”


  1. Make it easy on your reader
  • Have someone else read your essay for clarity
  • Write complete sentences and paragraphs
  • Spell check your essay – make sure words are used correctly (e.g.,: “two,” “to,” “too;” or “there,” “their,” or “they’re;” “its” or “it’s,” etc.)