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Monday, December 31, 2012

Write concise scholarship essays (or you'll be replaced by CGI)

In my book, I give you a list of bullet points of everything you should include in your essay. It's a long list, believe me. You may be wondering how you can possibly include all that in five pages, much less 100 words.

My answer: be concise. No matter how concise you think you are, you can always be more so. In fact, you can get a novel on a single page if you really try, and the more concise you are, the more information you’ll be able to pack in to explain why you are the best candidate for the scholarship.

Don't be redundant. You may be replaced.

If you don’t believe me about the novel thing, click here to go to “Book-A-Minute Classics” and prepare to be amazed. Learn their lesson, and by it, write amazing concise essays that will help you fund college through scholarships.

Monday, December 10, 2012

In which you get to brag (kind of)

Scholarship essays should impress the scholarship providers. So you know all those times you bit your lip and didn’t tell the world all the awesome things you’ve done? Here’s your chance to spill it all, and it’s not bragging—it’s just not hiding anything.

Bragging is what sounds prideful, pompous, and like you've got it all together. That doesn't impress the scholarship providers at all -- never have that “I’m-so-amazing-you-can’t-believe-it” feel. Scholarship providers won’t want to fund that sort of person.)

This actually isn't bad advice for a scholarship essay! (But I wouldn't necessarily call it bragging, then.) (Image courtesy of

So don’t be shy! You can't be if you're funding college through scholarships.