All SDSU scholarships available through the Scholarship Search Web site require that you submit an essay online.
Scholarship committees review many applications and may use the essays to differentiate applicants. Because the large volume of applicants makes it impossible for the committees to interview each candidate, a coherent and interesting essay may be what distinguishes you from another candidate.
The following information is essential to writing a successful scholarship essay.
Read the essay requirements.
Plan your essay before you write.
The introduction: Begin with a strong introduction. You want your essay to stand out from all the others. Be sure your introduction captures the readers' attention and compels them to learn as much as they can about you in the following paragraphs.
Be personal: Make sure the committee can assess what type of person you are and what motivates you.
Be specific: Give examples. Do not simply tell the committee you are a leader; give an example of how you have demonstrated leadership.
Turn negatives into positives: If you have an obvious weakness such as limited extracurricular activities, show the committee that you have been particularly involved with your family or the classes you have taken, depending on your personal situation.
Follow standard grammar and writing rules: Make sure your body paragraphs relate to your introduction and that your conclusion summarizes the points you have made in your essay.
Do we have to say this? Proofread, proofread, and proofread!
See sample essays.