What Should I Write in My Scholarship Application Essay?

Nelson Mandela, the renowned former South African political leader, once said, “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen then you have something very special.” Writing – being a powerful tool – could possibly bring us fortune or fiasco, depending on how it is done. For us students who are desperately in need of scholarships, it can be absolutely upsetting when all we receive is a mere rejection due to our writing incompetence. Sad, isn’t it? And we start to wonder, “Is there something wrong with my application essays? Or is there something wrong with me?” No, dear. As the saying goes, failure is the beginning to success. Perhaps it is time to figure out useful English phrases that we can use in our next scholarship application essays. Fret not, we have you covered with two major tips!

Tip One: Use Persuasive Phrases

It derives from the word persuade; to convince and stimulate some sort of temptation for the other party to agree with whatever you are saying. People can hardly get convinced if we choose to use overpowering phrases which might make them feel inferior to us. Scholarship application essays are in fact crucial opportunities to portray your personality and positive attributes which can be done through the use of persuasive phrases. Check out the following examples.

  • I believe… (No, don’t sing. It’s not ‘I believe I can fly’)

Example: I believe that I could empower myself by doing a lot of reading which I have made a habit in the past few years.

  • I would like to… (Instead of saying ‘I want to’)

Example: I would like to humbly highlight that I am a reliable leader based on my previous leadership experiences.

  • I am sure that… (Show your confidence by using words like ‘sure’)

Example: I am sure that these personal strengths of mine will help me to contribute back to society.

  • For these reasons,… (Always back your claim with reasons)

Example: For these reasons, I think that I will be able to complete my studies with flying colours.

  • I assure… (Again, show your confidence to put the judge’s mind to rest)

Example: I assure you that choosing me as one of your scholars will definitely benefit your organization.

Tip Two: Use Emotional Phrases (Warning: Do not overdo it)

Remember scholarship judges are human beings too, just like you; they have emotions and feelings which can be touched by using emotional phrases. A disclaimer though, this does not mean you should write a long and endless narrative essay describing the hardships you have been through; scholarship application essays are neither dwelling tools nor story-telling sessions. In this case, emotional phrases refer to words that feel close to the heart in conveying ambitions for instance by showing your sincerity and genuineness. Yet, remember to be genuine and not overdo it.

  • It has always been my dream

Example: It has always been my dream to become a doctor in order to help people in need.

  • In five years from now, I see myself as a…

Example: In five years from now, I see myself as a presentable businessman in adding value to society through improvements and non-stop learning.

  • It is my deepest hope that…

Example: It is my deepest hope that my ambitions will be achievable with your help and support.

  • Your help and kindness…

Example: Your help and kindness will surely help me to overcome the challenges I encounter in completing my studies.

So there you go, some examples of useful phrases which you might be interested to write in your scholarship application essays. Why not use it now? Knowledge Is Free Scholarship Programme is open for application till the 8th of August. Check it out here https://projected.my/kifscholarship. Wish you all the best!

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