6. Write essays that tell YOUR unique story
For many applicants, creating a compelling essay can be the hardest part of the entire scholarship application process because it can feel awkward to have to explain why you think you deserve it. But being able to present your case in a compelling way is crucial to making a good impression on the scholarship judges. If you can find a clear way to set yourself apart in your essays (or in a video, if that’s a requirement), then you’ll have a much better chance of standing out in the judges’ eyes.
So, what makes you different from every other person who’s applying for the same scholarship? Is it your background, your work history, or your career aspirations? Maybe it’s the personal challenges you’ve overcome, your knack for teamwork and leadership, or the tenacity you bring to every job and project. Whatever it is, make sure you clearly communicate it to the judges who will be deciding who deserves the scholarship’s financial aid the most — and make sure someone you trust reads your essay before you submit it, because they may catch errors or see opportunities that you’ve missed. (Also, if you won’t be able to attend aviation maintenance school without the help of the scholarship your applying for, make sure the judges know that, too.)