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College Scholarship Tip: Heed Essay Word Count
Use this college scholarship tip to write a stronger essay!
These word limits (500 words, 1000 words, etc.) are in place for a number of reasons.
They keep students from rambling on and on, they save time in the judging process, and they show if a student is following directions by sticking to the required number of words.
Students who follow word count directions are looked upon more favorably than those who ignore the scholarship guidelines or decide to squeeze in just a few more words.
Scholarship judges need to eliminate the applicants that will not be winners in order to narrow down their choices and ultimately pick the scholarship recipient.
When writing their essays, students need to write as close as possible to the number of words required. This means that if a scholarship essay calls for 500 words, 450-500 is great, but 510 or 100 is NOT.
Remember, the essay is the heart of the scholarship application and allows the judges to learn more about the student on a deeper level.
Be sure to read: 10 Epic Tips Straight from a College Scholarship Judge
Don’t give the scholarship judges an easy reason to disqualify your application and always follow scholarship word count requirements!
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