| Alumni & Giving | Scholarships | Tips for Writing Your Scholarship Essay
As part of the application process, all students must write a 500-word essay. The following tips may help in crafting an essay:
Once you submit your application, two things will happen. First, you will be matched automatically with certain scholarships for which you meet the criteria based on the data in WSU's Colleague system and that require no additional information. Second, you will receive a list of recommended scholarships based on the information you provided on the application, which may require additional information (such as supplemental questions, a separate essay, or a letter of recommendation).
To apply for these scholarships, complete the supplemental steps that will be presented to you when you click into the scholarship. Bear in mind that, in some cases, you will be asked to write 2 essays: the first on the general application and a second on the supplemental application. The committee does not look favorably on applicants who use the same essay on both forms.
In addition to the automatic scholarships and those that are recommended, you may also choose to apply to any others on the site for which you think you are eligible. When choosing to apply to scholarships that you select from the list, consider these tips: