Many people in Nigeria don’t really know there is scholarship essay, where you’re allowed to write an essay in order to win scholarships. Instead of using scholarship websites to search for free scholarships, you have to do an essay competition.
It is definitely a million dollar question when writing scholarships. While applying for scholarship programs and expecting to win the award, putting your thought on a paper becomes the highest important thing to do.
To become a deserving candidate, you must know the way to win an essay contest. As most required, you need to know how to write a scholarship essay that wins over scholarship sponsors or judges.
No doubt, writing the personal essay can be the toughest section of a scholarship application. However, if you’re ready to write the essay, you’ll really gain an extra edge over the competition as an applicant.
Most people in Nigeria have difficulty in writing a scholarship essay, as compared to speaking. It is, therefore, could be smart to speak into a tape recorder first. And when you are done talking, you can translate the speech and put it down on paper. This will give a wonderful opening to your scholarship essay.
Given below are some important tips for writing scholarship contest essays, right out from the scholarship providers. Keep these points in mind to make your essay a successful start.
Think before you start writing
Writing an essay does not mean just starting to write. Do a brainstorming session to get some wonderful ideas. Then, start writing the scholarship essay.
Here, creativity has an important role to play before you start writing your scholarship essays. If you’re not original, your essay could get lost in the bunch of other scholarship applications. So, make use of innovative skills to maintain the originality. When you’re original while writing the essay, you can stand out apart other qualified scholarship contest candidates.
Show, don’t just tell
To make a strong impression, you want to show it to the judges not only tell it. Try to work with anecdotes, stories as well as other effective examples that will bring life and feel for your essay. A remarkable personal essay should be free from generalities and vagueness. Make an effort to create a demonstration of the idea you are making in the essay.
Develop a theme
Help make your essay demonstration thematic. Don’t just give a list of your achievements. Include experiences which can help develop a theme. If you cannot produce a theme, it will be hard to attract the attention of scholarship judges while reading your scholarship essays.
Know your audience
If you thought one essay fitted all, you have to give it another critical thought. The scholarship essay should be tailored toward the requirements and spark a specific scholarship organization stands for.
So, for each and every different scholarship award you apply for, write a new essay. Don’t assume one scholarship application letter will do it all for every scholarship you will need to apply.
Make your essay spotless and also readable
A personal scholarship contest essay should be neat to look at and easily readable. Make sure it has white spaces and leave proper margin space on each side of the easy paper. The look and also the readability with the essay can make or break your impression for the scholarship judges.
Proofread the essay for grammatical errors
Now that you’ve got finished writing, it’s time to take a look at it again to be sure the essay do not contain spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. It is preferable to show your essay out to someone or get it proofread by one of your English school teachers or friends you can trust.
In conclusion, while searching for scholarship essay competitions, make sure you read through everything that is given about the contest, including the eligibility criteria along with the required output. This could sound like a regulatory thing, but it helps you in understanding the work you have to do.
With scholarship essay contests, many students are able to advance their education. Students that have the best skills should look at this as the options to have the assistance they need.
If you are able to put these essay writing tips to practice, you will surely produce a strong impression on the judges and grow a deserving candidate for winning scholarship awards.
Good luck with your essay competition scholarships!
Aptly described by the Independent newspaper as “a man of many parts”, Dr Mahfouz A. Adedimeji is a Fulbright scholar, interdisciplinary researcher, university don, public affairs analyst, language specialist, communication consultant, peace advocate, interfaith worker and public intellectual. He obtained his academic degrees from the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, where he is an Associate Professor of English (Pragmatics and Applied Linguistics). He started his academic career in 2000 at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, shortly after which he joined the services of his alma mater, the University of Ilorin.
A man of eclectic academic background, Dr Adedimeji was educated in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Markaz Shabaabil Islam, Iwo, Osun State and Markaz Ta’aleemil Araby, Agege, Lagos. He obtained advanced training in Education, Political Science, Communication and Media, Research and Peace Studies at the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) Virtual Institute for Higher Education Pedagogy (VIHEP); the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Virtual Institute for Higher Education in Africa (VIHEAF); Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, USA; University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana; and Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, USA.
Apart from serving as a cultural ambassador to the US under the auspices of the Institute of International Education (IIE), New York, Dr Adedimeji has won or co-won the research and conference awards/grants of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of the National Research Council, Nigeria, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). He has written extensively for a wide range of newspapers and periodicals including “Unilorin Bulletin”, “Unilorin Watch”, “DeLight”, “National Pilot”, “Daily Independent”, “Newswatch Times” and “New Telegraph”, among others.
A versatile academic, Associate Professor Adedimeji has attended academic conferences and undertaken research in several universities across Nigeria as well as in Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Malaysia, Sierra Leone, Australia, France and United States of America, among others. His hundreds of academic, Islamic and general/opinion articles have been published across outlets in Nigeria and beyond. He has also facilitated and participated in seminars and workshops both nationally and internationally.
A former Deputy Director/ Head of the Directorate of Corporate Affairs of the University of Ilorin, Dr Adedimeji is the immediate past Director of the Centre for Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ilorin. Apart from serving as Rappouteur-General to the Presidential Committee that organised the 2017 Federal Executive Council’s Retreat on Education in Nigeria, he has consulted for the Nigeria Inter-religious Council (NIREC), the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence and Corps (NSCDC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For years, he had been a Coordinator of the Executive Management Course of the Nigerian Army Education Corps (NAEC) and Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Peace, Security and Development”, University of Ilorin.
He is a recipient of several awards and honours including those of the American Biographical Institute, National Congress of Nigerian Students (NACONS), Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ilorin, the Nigerian Army Education Corps, Postgraduate Students Association, UNILORIN, Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), UNILORIN, Students’ Union, UNILORIN, and National Association of Osun State Students (NAOSS), just to mention a few.
A Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration, Nigeria, and Member of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA), Dr Adedimeji is a Member of the Executive Councils of both the University of Ilorin Alumni Association and English Scholars Association of Nigeria (ESAN). He is also a Fellow of both the Society for Peace Studies and Practice and World Institute for Peace and he is a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria and the Association of Nigerian Authors, among others. He has written, co-written, edited and co-edited about a dozen books.