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Fact number 1: A large percentage of scholarship applicants today fail when writing one of the most important stages of their application: writing a good scholarship essay.

Fact number 2: You could be one of them.

But from these 2 facts, we can still arrive at a third one: there is still hope!

Yes, you can still write a scholarship essay that creates your desired result.

Whether you are a writing guru or a high school slob, you can always write a good scholarship essay if you follow one basic writing secret (which of course is not a secret at all, it is just that very few people follow this): simplicity.

Here are the tips for writing a simple yet effective scholarship essay:

1. Write as you speak.

"Thesaurusizing" your scholarship essay would have two effects: one, a wrong use of terms will detract from the purpose of the essay, and two, you probably will not pass. The thing is: keep it simple, clear and precise. Use words that are easy to understand like the words you use when you converse.

2. Keep it interesting.

Make sure you don't bore your readers. Keeping your essay lively will encourage your reader to finish your essay - but make sure you still focus on the purpose.

3. Tell about yourself

Since you are writing to ask a sort of "favor", your reader would like to know more about you. Usually, most scholarship applications will require you to pass an essay together with your resume. Write things about yourself that are not included on the resume.

4. Keep it short

Write a short scholarship essay without omitting important information that needs to be included. Never be wordy on your essay. If you can pack your thoughts in the shortest possible terms, do so. It is better to read a 5-liner paragraph than a 10-liner that says the same thing.

5. Include variations

If your first sentence starts with an "I", the second sentence should be different. Be creative in writing your essay.

6. Use active voice

Using active voice (sentences without the use of the word "be") keeps reading continuous and interesting. Using a passive voice on the other hand tends to make the essay uninteresting and flat.

7. Seek the opinion of others

If you have finished writing your essay, let others read it so that you get feedback. This will help you improve your essay before submitting it.

8. Edit, re-edit and edit some more

Make improvements. Read your essay over and over again until you are confident that it is error-free.

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