How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay : 30 Essays That Won over $3 Million in Scholarships

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2012-07-01
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc

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Examining the two basic components of scholarship competition -- essays and interviews -- this vital guidebook offers practical advice and real-life examples to guide students through the entire application process. A roundtable panel of judges and applicants supply inside information regarding the winning qualities sought after by award-giving organisations, and tips for finding scholarships by using books, the internet, personal connections, and sources in the community are provided. With insight into the judges' criteria for a successful application, 30 previously awarded scholarship essays are thoroughly analysed, from choice of topic to writing style. Revealing unique strategies for preparation and overcoming nervousness, this definitive resource also includes sample interview questions and answers.

Author Biography

Gen Tanabe and Kelly Tanabe are the authors of 1001 Ways to Pay for College, Accepted! 50 Successful Business School Admission Essays, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays, Adult Students, Get Free Cash for College, Get into Any College, How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay, and Sallie Mae How to Pay for College. They live in Belmont, California.

Table of Contents

The Secret to Winning a Scholarshipp. 13
You are 60 seconds away from the trash binp. 14
The scholarship strategies you'll learnp. 15
Why we know so much about scholarshipsp. 17
Not just looking for straight A studentsp. 17
Where to Find Great Scholarshipsp. 19
Exploring scholarship goldminesp. 20
Ambassadors wantedp. 22
Work experience & financial aidp. 25
Which scholarship is right for you?p. 26
When & where to find scholarshipsp. 26
Make learning their mission your missionp. 27
Making the matchp. 28
Judges' Roundtable: Inside the Selection Processp. 31
Meet the scholarship judgesp. 32
What is the purpose of your award?p. 32
Who typically judges the scholarship competition?p. 35
How does your scholarship selection process work?p. 36
What qualities do you look for when selecting the winner?p. 38
What sets the winner apart from the runner-up?p. 40
What advice do you have for future applicants?p. 41
Participating judges & expertsp. 43
Essay Writing Workshopp. 45
Why the essay is critical to winningp. 46
The making of a powerful essayp. 46
Focus on solutionsp. 47
Four common features of all winning essaysp. 49
Hard to believe but true essay mistakesp. 50
How to find the perfect topicp. 54
Putting words on paperp. 54
Go beyond the superficialp. 55
Use examples & illustratep. 58
The importance of editorsp. 59
Recycle & reusep. 60
How to write a great introduction or conclusionp. 60
Essays get better with each revisionp. 61
Stay motivatedp. 62
30 Winning Scholarship Essaysp. 63
The money-winning essaysp. 64
Experiences & challengesp. 64
A scholarship support networkp. 69
Essays about familyp. 75
The intangible benefits of applyingp. 79
Essay advice from the winnersp. 81
National or international issuesp. 87
The importance of getting editorsp. 96
Community service & volunteerismp. 99
Career plans or field of studyp. 106
Essays about leadershipp. 115
Academic accomplishmentsp. 117
Seeking genuinenessp. 120
Essays about athleticsp. 125
Artistic talentsp. 127
12 Essays That Bombedp. 129
Learning from failurep. 130
Where's the point?p. 130
The attempted tearjerkerp. 132
Miss America essayp. 133
The life-changing voyagep. 135
Convoluted vocabularyp. 136
Behold! My statisticsp. 137
The most influential person in the worldp. 139
Creativity overloadp. 141
Be truep. 141
The future mep. 142
My life as seen on TVp. 144
Excuses, excuses, excusesp. 146
Complex problem, simple solutionp. 147
Judges' Roundtable: The Scholarship Essayp. 151
Meet the scholarship judgesp. 152
How important is the essay to winning a scholarship?p. 152
What qualities make an essay powerful?p. 153
What common mistakes do students make on the essay?p. 155
Participating judges & expertsp. 157
Winning Interview Strategiesp. 159
Face-to-face with the interviewp. 160
Friendly & hostile interviewsp. 160
How to ace the interviewp. 161
Transform an interrogation into a conversationp. 161
Advice from a Rhodes Scholarp. 163
You are not the center of the universep. 164
The group interviewp. 165
Dress & act the partp. 166
What it's like to be an interviewerp. 167
How to make practice into perfectp. 168
The long-distance interviewp. 169
The hostile interviewp. 170
The disaster interviewp. 172
Post-interviewp. 173
Make sure you make your pointp. 173
Real Interview Questions & Answersp. 175
Giving the right answersp. 176
Achievements & leadership questionsp. 176
Tip #1 from a scholarship winnerp. 179
Personal questionsp. 179
Misinterpreting the judgesp. 181
Why you deserve to win questionsp. 184
Education & college questionsp. 186
Tip #2 from a scholarship winnerp. 187
Academic questionsp. 189
Tip #3 from a scholarship winnerp. 191
Your career & future questionsp. 194
Tip #4 from a scholarship winnerp. 195
Activity questionsp. 198
Opinion questionsp. 200
Tip #5 from a scholarship winnerp. 201
Judges' Roundtable: The Interviewp. 203
Meet the scholarship judgesp. 204
How important is the interview in determining who wins?p. 204
What are some typical questions that you ask?p. 205
What are qualities of a good interview?p. 205
What common mistakes do students make in interviews?p. 206
How should students prepare for interviews?p. 207
Poor ways to begin an interviewp. 208
Participating judges & expertsp. 209
Final Thoughtsp. 211
A personal endingp. 212
Special requestp. 213
Scholarship Directoryp. 215
A directory of 125 scholarships including information on how to apply.
Indexp. 251
About the Authorsp. 256
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