How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay: 30 Essays That Won Over $3 Million in Scholarships

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Examining the two basic components of scholarship competition—essays and interviews—this vital guidebook offers practical advice and real-life examples to guide students through the entire application process. A roundtable panel of judges and applicants supply inside information regarding the winning qualities sought after by award-giving organizations and tips for finding scholarships by using books, the internet, personal connections, and sources in the community. With insight into the judges' criteria for a ...

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Overview

Examining the two basic components of scholarship competition—essays and interviews—this vital guidebook offers practical advice and real-life examples to guide students through the entire application process. A roundtable panel of judges and applicants supply inside information regarding the winning qualities sought after by award-giving organizations and tips for finding scholarships by using books, the internet, personal connections, and sources in the community. With insight into the judges' criteria for a successful application, 30 previously awarded scholarship essays are thoroughly analyzed, from choice of topic to writing style. Revealing unique strategies for preparation and overcoming nervousness, this definitive resource also includes sample interview questions and answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932662375
  • Publisher: Supercollege, Llc
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 570,956
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gen and Kelly Tanabe won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free. They are the authors of 14 books including The Ultimate Scholarship Book, Accepted! 50 Successful College Admission Essays and The Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges. They tour the country as speakers on college planning and live in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Secret to Winning a Scholarship 13

You are 60 seconds away from the trash bin 14

The scholarship strategies you'll learn 15

Why we know so much about scholarships 17

Not just looking for straight A students 17

Chapter 2 Where to Find Great Scholarships 19

Exploring scholarship goldmines 20

Ambassadors wanted 22

Work experience & financial aid 25

Which scholarship is right for you? 26

When & where to find scholarships 26

Make learning their mission your mission 27

Making the match 28

Chapter 3 Judges' Roundtable: Inside the Selection Process 31

Meet the scholarship judges 32

What is the purpose of your award? 32

Who typically judges the scholarship competition? 35

How does your scholarship selection process work? 36

What qualities do you look for when selecting the winner? 38

What sets the winner apart from the runner-up? 40

What advice do you have for future applicants? 41

Participating judges & experts 43

Chapter 4 Essay Writing Workshop 45

Why the essay is critical to winning 46

The making of a powerful essay 46

Focus on solutions 47

Four common features of all winning essays 49

Hard to believe but true essay mistakes 50

How to find the perfect topic 54

Putting words on paper 54

Go beyond the superficial 55

Use examples & illustrate 58

The importance of editors 59

Recycle & reuse 60

How to write a great introduction or conclusion 60

Essays get better with each revision 61

Stay motivated 62

Chapter 5 30 Winning Scholarship Essays 63

The money-winning essays 64

Experiences & challenges 64

A scholarship support network 69

Essays about family 75

The intangible benefits of applying 79

Essay advice from the winners 81

National or international issues 87

The importance of getting editors 96

Community service & volunteerism 99

Career plans or field of study 106

Essays about leadership 115

Academic accomplishments 117

Seeking genuineness 120

Essays about athletics 125

Artistic talents 127

Chapter 6 12 Essays That Bombed 129

Learning from failure 130

Where's the point? 130

The attempted tearjerker 132

Miss America essay 133

The life-changing voyage 135

Convoluted vocabulary 136

Behold! My statistics 137

The most influential person in the world 139

Creativity overload 141

Be true 141

The future me 142

My life as seen on TV 144

Excuses, excuses, excuses 146

Complex problem, simple solution 147

Chapter 7 Judges' Roundtable: The Scholarship Essay 151

Meet the scholarship judges 152

How important is the essay to winning a scholarship? 152

What qualities make an essay powerful? 153

What common mistakes do students make on the essay? 155

Participating judges & experts 157

Chapter 8 Winning Interview Strategies 159

Face-to-face with the interview 160

Friendly & hostile interviews 160

How to ace the interview 161

Transform an interrogation into a conversation 161

Advice from a Rhodes Scholar 163

You are not the center of the universe 164

The group interview 165

Dress & act the part 166

What it's like to be an interviewer 167

How to make practice into perfect 168

The long-distance interview 169

The hostile interview 170

The disaster interview 172

Post-interview 173

Make sure you make your point 173

Chapter 9 Real Interview Questions & Answers 175

Giving the right answers 176

Achievements & leadership questions 176

Tip #1 from a scholarship winner 179

Personal questions 179

Misinterpreting the judges 181

Why you deserve to win questions 184

Education & college questions 186

Tip #2 from a scholarship winner 187

Academic questions 189

Tip #3 from a scholarship winner 191

Your career & future questions 194

Tip #4 from a scholarship winner 195

Activity questions 198

Opinion questions 200

Tip #5 from a scholarship winner 201

Chapter 10 Judges' Roundtable: The Interview 203

Meet the scholarship judges 204

How important is the interview in determining who wins? 204

What are some typical questions that you ask? 205

What are qualities of a good interview? 205

What common mistakes do students make in interviews? 206

How should students prepare for interviews? 207

Poor ways to begin an interview 208

Participating judges & experts 209

Chapter 11 Final Thoughts 211

A personal ending 212

Special request 213

Scholarship Directory 215

A directory of 125 scholarships including information on how to apply.

Index 251

About the Authors 256

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    Not the book described

    I got the sample......and it was a totally different book :(

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    Not for Adult or Returning Students

    I am an adult returning to school for my MBA and this book was a waste of my time. These essay examples and tips are for high school students attending college their first time. Not made for the returning student.

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    Highly recommended

    An excellent resource for students preparing for college.

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