Tips on writing a great Founders Scholarship Essay

Evangel’s Founders Scholarship is a great opportunity for dedicated high-school seniors to receive a number of benefits before even enrolling at Evangel.

During the application process, you will write two essays for the scholarship committee. If you’re feeling like you have the worst case of writer’s block, don’t worry! It happens to the best of us.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of tips to knock your Founders essays out of the park.

1 Understand why you are writing the essay

The first thing to do when writing an essay is to understand why you are writing it. The Founders essays are meant to showcase your dedication and work ethic.
With this in mind, don’t be afraid to be personal – but still professional – with your essays. They’re about YOU. Showcase your personality and what drives you to be the best version of yourself.

Know that the scholarship committee isn’t worried about perfect grammar – although you should strive to do the best you can. Make sure you make your achievements and dedication the center of your work, and you’ll be sure to stand out.

2 Read the prompts carefully

One of the easiest mistakes to make when writing an application essay is to misread the prompt.

Read the prompts two or three times to make sure you really understand what they are wanting you to write!

3 Don’t use big, fancy words

You may think using words like “zealous” instead of “dedicated” is the way to go, but it’s not.

When writing your application essays, use easy-to-understand words to help keep your message clear.

Don’t get caught up in trying to “sound intelligent.” You will sound more intelligent by keeping things simple and making sure you are at the center of the essay.

4 Proofread, get peer reviews, proofread again

Do not write your essays and immediately send them in. Be sure to schedule in plenty of time to proofread your essays before hitting the submit button.

Also, don’t just read it over once and think you’re good to go. Read it once for grammar and spelling errors, then again for overall flow and readability.

After your review, hand it over to people that you trust will give you honest feedback and know what to look for. It can be hard to hand over something like a scholarship essay for others to read. But, they will be able to offer new insights and perspectives that could push your essays to the top.

Once you get those edits back, read over your work one more time. It’s easy for small errors to pop up when you are making several edits. Make sure the flow is still consistent and that it still has your style throughout.

Some things to consider before starting your essays

Here are some things we recommend doing to help prep you for the essay prompts. If you take the time to answer these questions, you’ll be ready to tackle the Founders Scholarship essays!

  • List out things you love doing
    • What are your passions?
    • What do you want to study at Evangel?
    • Why do you want to study your major?
  • List out the goals you want to accomplish?
    • Where do you want to be in five years?
    • 10 years?
    • Do you know how you will get there? If no, start thinking of ways to complete your goals
  • Think about your goals carefully
  • List out issues that are important to you
    • What do you stand up for?What is important to you?
    • How do you support causes/fix issues that are important to you?
    • How can your choice of major help address these issues?
    • Does this affect your five-year plan in some way?
    • How can you use what you know/plan to study at Evangel to affect these issues locally?
    • How can you use what you know/plan to study at Evangel to affect these issues nationally/globally?

Are you ready to apply? Be sure to check out the Founders Scholarship page for more information, or go to the application portal to start the process!

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