Klog Scholarship Essay

If you ask students what they hate most about applying for scholarships, most of them will tell you that writing essays is the worst part (Well, that and not winning them, but that’s a topic for another post). And, it doesn't matter if the essay requires 250 words or several thousand; most students would simply rather spend their time searching for "no essay" scholarships than sit down and write another scholarship essay. Unfortunately, most scholarship providers aren't willing to hand over free money for college without a little effort, and that’s where the essay comes into play. It not only gives providers more insight into your life, but it also helps them weed out potential candidates, especially when several have similar academic records. For those scholarship programs that don’t even consider your grade point average or financial need, the essay is the one thing that will set you apart from the other applicants. With so much riding on the line (no pun intended), it’s important to grab your reader’s attention immediately, which means you have  about two to five sentences to impress the committee or else your essay is headed to the ‘denied’ stack. If you want a shot at having your entire paper read, there are three things you should avoid using in the introductory paragraph of your essay.

1. Spitting Back the Essay Prompt

Can you imagine how boring it would be to read the same opening sentence over and over again? I can tell you from experience that it’s very frustrating to see this in scholarship essays. There’s no need to include this for any reason. Trust me. Scholarship providers know what their scholarship prompts are and don’t need to be reminded. It’s also more of an elementary-style of writing and not quite up to par for someone heading to college soon.

2. Using Quotes

I don’t know who first used a quote to start an essay, but I would really like to kick him or her in the bum. Don’t get me wrong, an obscure quote can work well in an academic paper, but in general you should avoid using them in scholarship essays. Why? Chances are the quote you will choose is going to be used by several other students, which means your ‘original’ essay is going to get dumped into the ‘denied’ pile. If you must use a quote, use one of your own. That might actually get someone’s attention!

3. Introducing Yourself

Unless the scholarship essay instructions specifically state that you must include your name in your paper, don’t start your essay by introducing yourself. It not only seems a bit juvenile, but may also disqualify you from advancing. Most scholarship committees conduct blind readings. This means a reader cannot have any information pertaining to you. Even if the scholarship prompt asks you to share some information about yourself, refrain from starting your essay in this fashion. Instead, begin with something memorable from your life that will leave a lasting impression with your reader.

Now that you know how not to start your scholarship essay, use our Scholarship Match to find scholarships that are perfect for you. And if you need extra money for college, try our LoanFinder.

Uniform Advantage (UA) has partnered with The American Association of Colleges of Nursing to help give graduate students an opportunity to further their master's or doctoral degree in nursing through The Uniform Advantage-GNSA Scholarship Fund. Students must be members of the Graduate Nursing Student Academy. UA believes strongly in giving back to their communities and with this scholarship, it will allow students to leave their mark on the future of healthcare.Two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded to one winner each in the fall and spring semesters.

Only finalists are contacted and may be asked to submit letters of recommendation, published articles, awards/honors, etc. to the selection committee. The essay submitted by the scholarship winners will be published on the AACN and Uniform Advantage website along with a picture. For more information on entering the scholarship, please click here: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/students/gnsa/ua-scholarship.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. Representing more than 750 schools of nursing nationwide, AACN works to establish quality standards for professional nursing programs, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice. AACN is the authoritative source for the latest data and information related to innovations in nursing education, careers in nursing, federal advocacy on behalf of nursing education, diversity initiatives in nursing education, nursing-level quality improvement efforts, and new developments in the field. For more information, visit www.aacn.nche.edu.

Deadline Dates
Fall Semester: September 30th, 2015
Spring Semester: January 31st, 2016

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