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*Tips to mount a strong essay for a scholarship [A thread]*

Having engaged in the search of a scholarship for a master's, I realised that every winning essay has 6 key features which I will share with you. Though every scholàrship is specific, the fundamental ideas are similar
1. Your essays should #clearly demonstrate your career goal. This is not always evident even for those who have been practicing for some years. So, Google on possible career paths in your field of interest, discuss with a senior and/or accomplished colleague etc. #research
2. Ur career goal should match your proposed course. It's impossible to win if your assessor doesn't see the link between your proposed course and objective(s). So, spend time to explain this link in simple terms and without jargons as most of them are not experts in your field.
3. Ur career goal should be aimed at bringing development not just for personal gains. The developmental impact can be local, regional or global. Don't assume the impact of your goal is evident. Make sure your essay is explicit enough for the assessor to perceive the impact.
4. You should have a track record. That is, you should have some experience, either academic or professional, in your proposed field of study. Make sure you highlight these in your essay. Also, your essay should show that you have been or are working to achieve your objective(s).
5. Demonstrate your need for a master's/PhD. Highlight the limitation(s), despite your academic/professional experiences, in achieving your goal and why only that master's/PhD at that university can equip you with the skills to achieve your objective(s).
6. This is critical. Demonstrate how you will use the knowledge from your course to drive development locally. This should be guided by the SMART approach. Be as specific as possible. Know local or regional networks you will need to achieve your goal(s).
Hopefully, these tips will add value to your Scholarship application(s) and permit you to win an opportunity of a lifetime. All the best!
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