Office of Student Financial Aid

Scholarship Essay Tips

  • Follow instructions: Read the prompt carefully. Then read it again. After you complete your essay, read the prompt once more. Does your statement respond to all parts of the prompt?
  • Make a coherent statement:  Does the content of your essay help develop a main idea? Can you give examples from your personal experience that support the point you’re making? Does your essay provide enough compelling detail to stand out from the many other submissions the review committee will read?
  • Be mindful of the word count: Have you used the word count to your advantage? Do your best to meet the word count while also being concise. If your essay is significantly under the word limit, consider whether your statement is a thorough response to the prompt.
  • Proofread:  Did you express yourself in complete sentences? Is your essay punctuated? Did you check for mistakes in grammar and spelling? Treat your application essay as academic writing.
  • Ask for help: There are resources available to assist you. Allowing someone else to critique your writing can uncover mistakes and help you express your ideas clearly. When in doubt, schedule an appointment at the writing center.

Have Questions?

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Rocket Solution Central — or RSC — is your one-stop answer shop for financial aid questions.

Call 419.530.8700
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Financial Wellness

We could all use some help managing our money ― whether you’re a high school student, undergraduate or upperclassman ready to graduate.

UToledo's financial wellness team offers workshops, presentations and tools to help you improve your money management skills. You can even schedule an appointment with our counselor to discuss your personal financial plan.

  • How to pay for college
  • Managing student loans
  • Making a budget
  • And more
Financial Wellness Services
Last Updated: 9/6/23