Scholarship Mom Tip #29: Your Essay is Not a Novel
— You scholarship essay is not your life’s story, unless, of course you can state it in 500 words or less (or whatever the application word limit is)! Don’t blow your chances of getting a scholarship on a technicality.
Do not exceed the scholarship essay word limit.
Scholarship applications that come with essay requirements usually have word
limits. These word limits (500 words,
1000 words, etc…) are in place for a number of reasons:
— They keep students from rambling on and on,
they save time in the judging process, and they show if a student is following
directions by sticking to the required number of words.
— Students who follow word count directions are
looked upon more favorably than those who ignore the scholarship guidelines or
decide to squeeze in just a few more words.
— Scholarship judges need to eliminate the applicants that will not be
winners in order to narrow down their choices and ultimately pick the scholarship
Don’t give the reviewers an easy
reason to disqualify your application and always follow scholarship word count
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