4 Steps to writing a winning Scholarship Essay

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on Apr 7, 2020 11:30 IST

Applying to universities abroad can be an exhausting process. All the running around to get your transcripts, statement of purpose and recommendations in place can be pretty daunting for most students. However, a call from your dream institute makes all the effort worth it. Similar to the process is framing your scholarship essay, because though it is a time-consuming process, but an extremely rewarding job.

It is a matter of pride to study on scholarship not just for you but for your parents as well. A good scholarship can cover almost all of your expenses including return airfare, tuition fee, books, accommodation costs etc.

Here are 4 steps to write an impressionable scholarship essay.

1. Research

Start by researching the scholarship you are targeting. Check out the history of the trust offering the scholarship and figure out key aspects which they want in a successful candidate. Besides a strong academic background, generally, these trusts and societies look for qualities like leadership skills, honesty, the innovation of thought, and well-rounded persona in the applicants. Zero down on the qualities that the trust aspires for in its candidates and recollect from your life instances that can help you play out these qualities. For example, if you were the head boy/girl in the school, leverage this to highlight how you steered the school’s functions through your leadership tenure. Also researching about the life stories of the past winners is a good idea as it will give you hints to the profiles that are most suited to the scholarship. You must read up on their history and the course they are pursuing at the university and evaluate your chances.

2. Ideate

Once you have figured out what the scholarship-offering body is looking for, consider how you want to present your life’s story that suits their description. In your essay, focus on presenting information in a vivid way. Take time to plan the content that you wish to include in the essay. Don’t present yourself as a ‘damsel in distress’ when showing your need for the scholarship. Be determined in your approach and present your case as a deserving student and not a distressed student. Therefore, think of instances where you emerged victorious despite all odds in your favour. Create an outline for your essay with an idea of things to be mentioned.

3. Write

Once you have planned your essay and know all that you wish to include in your scholarship essay, the next step is to write it. Beware of using elaborate language. Remember they aren’t judging your word power, rather they are interested in knowing you as a person and your qualities. Make sure to include everything asked for, scholarship applicants are eliminated quickly for not following directions. So, follow them.

4. Edit

Errors in essays will not present you in a very good light. So, you should check for mistakes before finalizing the copy. Spell check your essay and take a print and read and re-read your essay to figure out jumps and cuts.

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Srishti Chatterjee
Study Abroad Expert

Srishti has spent six years in the Education industry helping study abroad aspirants draft their application documents for their dream universities. Experienced in creating impressive SOP, LOR, and Essays, she knows... Read Full Bio




I've been accepted by University of Southern Queensland, Australia to study Bachelor of Business & Commerce Major Accounting & Finance in 2020. The informations are helpful to assist me for an Australian Scholarship award. Please send me a sample. Dulcie Flynn Urakamara Pilake, Papua New Guinea

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It's quite helpful and much more clearer than I thought, thanks alot for the above tips that will guide me to write my scholarship essay for the New Zealand Aid Scholarship next year 2020. Is there any sample that I can read just to help guide me while writing my essay at this point of time.

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Hlo I scored 70% in class 12th boards case.Can I get scholarship for abroad?

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Hi Kanaupriya, it is possible. The decision depends on the university and your overall profile. Apply early during the first rounds of admission for better prospects of admission and scholarship.


i got only 77% in cbse 12th. I am looking for a schloarship which help me to pay my graduation fee for medical nd living also in abroad due to some circumstances I was not able to score good marks but know I want to try my best nd earn something better pls rply nd give me some useful information

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Hi Shikha, scholarships for international students are typically based on merit and will depend on your overall profile and the university's admission criteria. You may want to check the scholarship options here


I am looking for scholarship based higher study to my daughter who is doing her final year B.Tech in Computer Science in Sahyadry college of engineering and management studies,Mangalore,India...As of my knowledge she is an above 90%mark winner in previous exams...

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Hi Vinod, please send your daughter's detailed profile including test scores such as GRE etc and we will get back to you. Email us at studyabroad@shiksha.com

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