Tips & Tricks for Writing Scholarship Essays

When writing winning scholarships, students need to be original, creative, and honest along with using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Julie Petersen at College Week’s Live Blog recommends using the following 10 steps for writing effective scholarship essays:

  • Review guidelines
  • Perform research
  • Create an outline
  • Be confident, but humble
  • Grab reader’s attention with the first sentence
  • Use online resources
  • Demonstrate abilities and personality
  • Use simple, concise language
  • Review that every requirement is addressed in essay
  • Edit and proofread thoroughly

For more details about each of these steps, visit http://blog.collegeweeklive.com/how-to-write-your-winning-scholarship-essay/.

Smith College’s DACA Students

Undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students at Smith College will follow the procedures and requirements for first-year or transfer admission. They will be evaluated in the same way as U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. Undocumented and DACA students may apply under any admission plan, including Early Decision. Please remember, Smith meets 100% of the demonstrated need of all admitted students. Click here for more detailed information.

Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships

The Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships, funded by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, recognize students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger in America. Applicants must have demonstrated ongoing commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months. Additional consideration is given to students working to fight childhood hunger. Students between the ages of five and 25 are eligible to apply. The winners receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $5,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice in their local community. In addition, regional honorees receive a $1,000 grant made in their name to the hunger-related charity of their choice. Applications may be submitted online from October 5 through December 5, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the program http://us.stop-hunger.org/home/grants.html.