Well-written essays can lead to college admissions and scholarships. Keep reading to learn how to write an essay that stands out from the crowd.

Step 1: Read Professional Examples of Storytelling

Step 2: Know Your Audience

Are you planning to apply for a Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) Scholarship? Avoid boasting about your plans to attend the University of Michigan; HLSR awards scholarships to students who intend to attend Texas colleges or universities. Are you passionate about studying to become a nurse? Don’t express your pursuit of nursing to Rice University’s admissions committee: nursing is not a major that is offered at the private university.

Step 3: Follow the Instructions

  • Answer the question.
  • Stay within the word limit.
  • Stay within the page limit.
  • Submit your essay and ALL other application materials before the deadline to the proper place (physical address, email address, website, etc.).

Step 4: Tell a Story

A story contains the following elements:

  • A protagonist
  • What the protagonist wants
  • What happens if the protagonist doesn’t get what he or she wants
  • An inciting incident that changes the protagonist’s life

Step 5: Revise until Your Essay is Right…Your Competitors Are Dotting their i’s and Crossing their t’s

Read your essay. Did you follow the previous 4 steps?

Article by Scholar Ready

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