Want to Learn How to Write Scholarships?
Welcome to my 4-part scholarship writing series! The goal of this series is to give you a blueprint in writing scholarships. I understand the amount of work that goes into writing them so I wanted to give you some guides to help in your endeavors. Here are the topics:
Learn How to Write Scholarships
My scholarship writing journey began how all good things start, my mom told me to do it. The first scholarship I ever wrote I won. I thought hey! This is pretty easy! I applied to another one and received a rejection letter in the mail. I didn’t get any response from the third one (I’m at three right?). After each rejection I would get down about it, but I did not let that stop me. I kept applying and harnessed my inner-writing ability. As a result, I got better at writing. Eventually, I began winning multiple scholarships every year. (Tweet This)! Now, I want to help others do the same. So why should you apply for scholarships? Well, depending on what school you go to there’s a good chance you will graduate with some form of debt. (Tweet This)
I graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting and only took out $37,000 in loans
If I did not apply I would have $200,000 in loans! Scholarships give you the opportunity to receive a higher education for free. All you have to do is tell your story and get paid for it! If you’re reading this post you want to write scholarships but don’t know how, here’s the blueprint. We’ll start with the foundation to give you something to build on. The next post will show you how to use this foundation to write multiple scholarships. I’ll also touch on how to search and apply for them. From there I’ll tell you how to position yourself to win scholarships CONSISTENTLY. With that being said, let’s get to it! There’s a magic formula you must remember.
You must APPLY this formula to every essay, or it will make your job very difficult. Have you ever heard of a person living without a bone in their body? Of course not! This formula is the backbone of your essays. Ready for it? Here it is:
A + B = C
Simple enough, right? Well this equation is one of the most crucial factors to winning scholarships. I’ll break it down. The letter “A” represents your pitch; basically your story. You want to illustrate a picture of who you are, through your words to give readers a look into your character. When you write your pitch the questions you should address are, “Who are you? What do I want the readers to know about me? At the end of the day what makes me, me?” Here’s an example:
“I grew up in a household with two siblings, a mother and father. I am the oldest and love setting examples for them. I tell them my mistakes so they can learn from me. I am in my junior year at Thornridge High School. I have a passion for being involved in my community. I play football and wrestling. I am also Vice President of Students Against Violence Everywhere. In my spare time I read books and cook.”
From this paragraph the reader has learned that (well hopefully) I like to play sports, give back to my community and enjoy cooking. To look at it from a deeper standpoint, I like to work with others to achieve goals and help my loved ones learn from my mistakes. I’m heavily involved in my community and like learning new things.
The letter “B” represents your input, or effort I should say
Your input is your actions that makes you, you. When you write your essays you must always remember it’s a build. “B” builds off “A”, therefore “B” (your input) backs up your statements in “A”. When you think about your input some of the questions you should ask yourself are, “What do I do everyday that makes me who I am? Why do I do these things? If I had to write down my activities, what would they be? Here’s an example:
“I strive for success with everything I do because I like finding ways to make myself better. In football, I stay 20 minutes after practice to work on my technique as a defensive lineman. Before becoming Vice President of Students Against Violence Everywhere I would research leadership strategies that make organizations successful.”
With “B” you want to show people your effort. You should convey the work you put in everyday. Before I move to Letter “C” please note: “A” must be consistent with “B”. If the letters are inconsistent your readers will be confused. If I wrote about how I’m involved in my community and backed that up talking about why I love reading books it would be detrimental to the message I’m giving the reader.
“C” is your output, or the results from everything you do
Reiterate why you want the scholarship. “From who I am (“A”) and what I do (“B”) this is why I am a great fit for the _____ scholarship (“C”). “C” is the beautiful crescendo at the end of a music piece. In this case, your essay. Here’s an example:
“During my first football game I only registered 1 tackle. Now, with the extra practice, I had 5 tackles, and a forced fumble. I also created an archive of all the Students Against Violence Everywhere time meetings.”
All three letters play an important role within the formula and each letter’s focus is winning a scholarship. “A” ties into (+) “B” which gives you (=) “C”. You can’t complete the formula with one letter missing. Readers will easily be able to know what’s missing.
How does this relate to building wealth?
When you apply for scholarships, you learn about yourself. Both strengths and flaws(Tweet This) It requires you to critique yourself. You create a habit that allows you to learn from your mistakes and get better at them. All people who have wealth have failed at something. What makes them different is they learn from their mistakes and capitalize off that experience. It is a crucial part in attaining wealth.
If you need help or have a question please do not hesitate to leave a comment below! Also, if you have a good method for writing scholarships I would love to hear from you! Want to learn how to use the formula? Check out Post # 2: Utilizing the Scholarship Formula
Edited by: N. Cusic