According to Ben Kaplan, the Scholarship Coach, the process of writing scholarship and college essays can be straightforward, pain-free, and even fun. No kidding! For students and parents who need to get up to speed fast on effective essay-writing techniques, this guide is the ultimate kick-start. Essay Boot Camp is a first of its kind training program filled with practical tips and action steps students and parents can employ today to compose winning essays. This action-packed guide begins by revealing the ten most frequently committed essay mistakes students make, and shows eager scholarship seekers and college applicants how to fix each of them with a few strokes of the pen. After further showcasing the seven ways to make scholarship essays shine, the guide delves into an under-the-lens analysis of Kaplan’s own annual scholarship contest—revealing, for the first time, precisely why the judging panel picked certain essays, while tossing others aside. In addition to providing tips and tricks for turning scholarship essays in scholarship dollars, the guide provides students with profiles of America’s top scholarships essay contests and parcels out sample winning entries, judges’ and winners’ commentary, and some fun surprises along the way. The guide also features examples of helpful activities parents and students can work on together to create, edit, and organize their work. For students who think that they don’t have the time to explore scholarship essay contests or the skills to compose a winning masterpiece, this is the guide that will help you cultivate your ideas, compose your first draft, and refine it into a winning essay.