When you start to think about college, one of the key factors for many applicants is funding. While it would be great for everyone to go to the top most prestigious schools, the fact of the matter is that the cost of college limits many individuals as to where they can go and what classes they can take. However, the determined college applicant will press forward and explore various realms of obtain funding to go to the school of his or her choice. The most popular and productive means of doing this is through a scholarship program. And while there are several different scholarship programs available, one which every applicant should participate in is the essay contest. But how do you go about writing a competitive essay or a scholarship? Here are a few simple guidelines.
Find essay competitions which are specific to your field of study
Look for businesses and investors who offer scholarships in your field of study. This will minimize the field of competition. Think about it. If you were to compete for a general scholarship, you would be going against individuals who wish to be vets, doctors, basketball players, artists, teachers, etc. However, if you find scholarships within your personal field of study, say biology, then the competition is limited to only those which are interested in biology.
It should be noted here that when you chose to complete in a field specific essay competition that the level of competition will be greater even though the number of applicants will typically be smaller. You will be going against others who know the field, knowledge of the subject matter is crucial.
Writing your essay
Every essay competition will have a specific set of guidelines to follow. Do not sway from these guidelines as they will disqualify you from winning. It is recommended that you print out the guidelines from the site which is hosting the essay competition so that you have them on hand while you type/write your paper.
If typing your paper, be sure that any reference material is given a footnote. This shows that (a) you have been properly educated in how to formulate college level reference papers and (b) that you are not attempting to plagiarize someone else’s research or materials. Papers must be original for you to win. Do not use an essay writing service and expect to be a winner. Your content must be unique, it must be real, and it must pass a plagiarism-checker like Copyscape.
Perhaps the most crucial part of writing a competitive essay for a scholarship is to check and re-check the grammar and spelling in your paper. Ebonics, slang, stuffing, and a basic agglomeration of the superfluous will be noted. For example, if you were to state that you believe that your “portfolio on CGTrader is the bestest portfolio ever”, it would be noted by CGTrader that you do not know how to use proper English. Read over your work, and if you are still unsure have a professional read over your content for errors before submitting.
Submitting your content
Each essay submission site will have its own set of rules to follow when submitting a paper. Typically, the site will ask that you have your full name and contact information provided with the essay. Take careful note as to how the site wishes you to name your file. If you do not follow the basic labeling and sending instructions, it is quite possible that your essay, regardless of how well written it is, will not be read.
Once you have ensured that your essay is up to par, that you have followed the guidelines, and that the content is engaging and on point, email it. I would recommend that when you submit by email, that you request a delivery and read receipt. This will not only give you a piece of mind as to whether your paper has been read, but it will confirm that you are a contender for the cash.
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