Selecting A Scholarship Essay Topic

Writing a scholarship essay is not just any writing. A compelling and well-written essay must have a solid base and a very good starting point. It can only be done if your scholarship essay has a clear topic in the first place. A clear topic is not something that comes out in the middle of your writing nor after you have finished composing your scholarship essay. A clear essay topic exists from the beginning, it forms the base, it demands a topic sentence which becomes the essay’s main argument, and commands all the sentences that you are about to write to augment and accentuate its argument.

Look at some basic things that you may have to consider in selecting a scholarship essay topic:

Consider your interests.

When choosing a topic for your scholarship essay, think about yourself first. What experiences have you been through that can be a rich material for your scholarship essay? If your personal experiences come close to being a good source of thematic composition, do you think you can actually put it in writing as articulate and as accurate as possible, as close as it can be to how you actually have them as images in your memory?

You may consider many things that are within the periphery of your inclinations. You may think of things that are among your objects of interest. However, be sure that what you consider as writing materials are not only food for thought but actually, nutrients for writing.

Consider the school.

You may think of many things that you can write about but before deciding what to write, think about the college or university where you are going to apply, too. Academic freedom, especially in higher education, may sound so idealistically idyllic, but is it for real? To a certain extent it is. However, the school is a formal institution and thus has set its own moral mooring or limitation.

Instead of writing an essay replete with moral judgment, why not consider what field the school is known for? Is it a science university? Then perhaps you can write about how you used science to win a soccer match. If it's an art school, write about an art piece you made or by a famous painter. Tailor your topic to the school's field and they might just see another bright mind hoping to push their frontiers farther than before.


Once you have thought of a possible theme, settle down for a brainstorming session. The truth is you will not really be settling down because brainstorming will open the floodgates for free flowing ideas to fill and drown your mind. You will become restless, you will want to pour out your emotions, your thoughts, your insights, your plans. But do not worry. A restless brain is definitely better than a brain close to being clinically dead.

Narrow down your topics until you arrive to a specific topic.

After opening the floodgates to let a lot of ideas flood your brain, it is time to close the floodgates. Flood control is necessary or else tons of ideas will not be put into accurate and articulate writing and thus be rendered useless. Remember that work is not done with potential energy but with kinetic force. Ideas are as good as credit but clear writing is as good as cash, and a scholarship. Select at least five or three general topics. Draw separate webs of ideas for each topic. Give yourself ten minutes to write ideas for each web and after you finish, select the web with the most ideas. This means that you know more about this topic compared to the rest of your choice.

Find an angle you would like to explore.

The thing with compelling essays is that they are not flat or boring. They encourage readers to think and consider what was written. Make your topic and essay as compelling as you can by finding a new or even an eclectic angle to present your views. For example, instead of writing a generic "The Ten Things I Learned in High School" essay, why not write about "Ten Lessons I Learned Out of School."

Lastly, research and incorporate your own ideas about your topic. Do not write a generic essay, you might as well copied it from an online encyclopedia. Incorporate your thoughts and opinions in your essay and strengthen these with facts.