You’re almost there! You’ve worked hard during high school. You’ve researched universities and narrowed down your favorite programs. Now you’ve written your scholarship essay—or most of it. All that remains is the hardest part: the conclusion. You know that the conclusion can make or break any essay, and this isn’t an essay that you want broken. To give yourself the best possible shot at a scholarship, make sure that the conclusion of your essay is the best part of it.
Make it Personal
Make your essay personal. This does not mean to over-share or to include inappropriate information. However, being personal does mean that your essay displays your voice as a writer and is not simply a resume of your accomplishments, according to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at the University of Arizona. You’ll want to be personal throughout the scholarship essay, but it’s especially important when you’re closing, so the reader has a good understanding of who you are. You can be personal in many different ways, so decide which way works best for the essay you’ve written: humor, anecdotes, and thoughtfulness all go a long way to make readers feel like they know you.
Summarize Your Previous Accomplishments
Yes, you’ve already talked about how high your grades are. Yes, you’ve already stressed how involved in your community you are, and yes, you feel like you’re bragging. However, like every essay, a scholarship essay needs a concluding paragraph that summarizes what you’ve already discussed. Don’t dwell on details since you have accomplished this within the essay—but do highlight the most important parts.
Discuss what You Hope to Achieve in the Future
You don’t have to limit yourself to writing what you’ve already done in the conclusion of a scholarship essay. It’s also your chance to talk about what you plan to do in the future. The conclusion is a great place to look ahead as well as to look back states the Writing Center at the University of Michigan at Flint. If you’re applying for a scholarship then you have dreams for the future; don’t keep them in your diary—share them.
Discuss How the Scholarship Will Help You Achieve Your Goals
Scholarships take a lot of work to establish and evaluate. Scholarship committees want to know that the money they give makes a difference to the students who receive them. In addition to telling them what you want to do in the future, tell them how their scholarship will help you do it.
Living in Canada, Andrew Aarons has been writing professionally since 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Ottawa, where he served as a writer and editor for the university newspaper. Aarons is also a certified computer-support technician.