Stories are a great way to describe your character and increase your essay word count. I strongly encourage students to include stories into their scholarship essays any chance they get. Your readers feel like they get to know you and want to help you (by giving you money). To make sure you do this effectively, I have some tips for you.

  • Set the stage. What is going on? What caused the situation? What are some important background details?
  • What did you or someone else did? Tell the reader your actions, thoughts, and/or feelings.
  • What the moral of the story? What did you learn? What does the story say about you?
  • Details, Details, Details. Colors, smells, emotions. Make your reader feel like he or she has been implanted into your life.

Now go forth and write great essays and have good interviews.