ALLOT PLENTY OF TIME
Don't be surprised if the first takes you 20 hours or more to complete.
FIND A MODEL
Ask to see examples of winning applications. You can't copy the essay, but it can serve as a guide.
THINK OUT YOUR THEMES
Settle on one or two to make yourself memorable. Make sure they jibe with the mission of the scholarship foundation.
PAINT A PORTRAIT
Use stories to lend a personal touch. But don't go overboard--two or so will do.