Scholarship Essay Sample: 10 Sources for Great Sample Essays to Get You Started

I’ve compiled several sources that offer a scholarship essay sample or even several to help you improve your writing. A good essay sample can really help you see where to go with a scholarship application, and improve your chances of writing a great essay yourself.

You can add a link to a great essay you have found at the bottom of this page, too.

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The Best Samples

First, let’s get one thing straight. Reading the best sample essay won’t write yours for you. You have to write an original essay in any case. Read the numerous essays below to get ideas, see how these students structured theirs, and learn from their writing. But you will need to write your own.

With that understood, I have researched several organizations that offer free samples to provide you with a great cross section. Also, you can click over to this how to get scholarships page for tips on the whole process. And on college scholarship essay you'll find a list of ways to improve your essay.

If you are struggling for what to write, take a look at this brainstorming page with over 20 ways for coming up with more experiences and ideas from your own life. And if you need a little kick start in finding programs that give away free money, as in a tuition grant or other money for college, you can download a free ebook on grants.

The resources below come in a few flavors, each with a description at its start.

Writing Guides with Essays

Colleges and universities typically provide writing advice with their sample essays, and often combine a scholarship essay with admission essays (also called personal statements). Try out these links: Sample Essays has dozens of sample essays you can read, and vote on. The ones with the most votes win scholarships.

This also can give you ideas of what you have in your life that will work for your essay.

Take a look at the samples and vote on a few essays. You never know where your greatest idea will come from.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Essay Sample is very heavy on writing advice; it does have one scholarship essay sample. Links are at the bottom of the page.

Univ. Of Michigan Flint, Nursing Student Sample Essay with the scholarship essay sample is at the bottom of the page.

SFSU Education Major Scholarship Essay focuses on becoming an educator. The author applied to the school financial aid scholarship committee.

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay This essay has 5 pages of writing, a cover page and end notes – a researched scholarship essay sample. The author was a history major who won a liberal arts scholarship.

Essay Writing Services

The companies below offer paid services to write an essay for you, and provide several scholarship essay samples. Be careful! I can’t promise that these companies will do a good job, but they do have sample essays you can read. Typically these companies don't write your essay, just help you improve it – you should never copy someone else’s essay.

- is an essay writing and editing service. If you want a scholarship essay sample, they offer samples to read for free. Just click into the type of degree you want, and the samples link is on the right. The Scholarship link in the upper left, under the Recommendation Letter Service link.

2 Winning Essays right now - To see 2 quick samples right now, click here to read a sample for the Crabiel Scholarship and National Merit Scholar.

Even More Scholarship Essay Samples

Last, a couple of independent groups that don’t write essays and are not colleges or universities.

The Writer's Resource Center has a guide for writing nearly any kind of essay, and examples of a dozen different types. Listed alphabetically, you’ll have to scroll down for the Scholarship Essay sample section.

Study Overseas provides advice for students who want to, of course, study abroad. The page I’ve linked to provides several sample essays. I’ve found samples for the Crabiel Scholarship, R.C. Easley, USA Today and others. You can also read a bunch of successful college entrance application essays.

Free Research Papers offers over a dozen sample essays for various awards, you just have to read around the ads.

Get Writing!

This list should get you started. You now have access to many sites with an essay sample for nearly every subject. Read a bunch of samples, then get moving.

Look at the resources here, and my other pages on writing college scholarship essays and how to get a scholarship, and get started applying.

By the way, if you like this list and want to read more samples, I have another page of sample scholarship essay sources.

Share the Essays

And if you have friends who need help getting started, send them to my site and help them get started. Some scholarships and grants never get awarded because students don’t know where to apply, or they don’t understand the application process. Help them out and send them a link to my site.

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