The website fastweb.com provides high school students with free scholarship searches and matching students with contests they are eligible for.
This month they released a list of the top problems that students have writing scholarship essays, missing out on thousands of dollars.
Most common mistakes include misspellings, run on sentences, incomplete sentences, poor grammar and missing punctuation.
In contests, some entries have had sentences as long as 72 words, consigning the entry to the bottom of the pile. But most deadly in scholarship essay writing was the lack of an original idea for an essay.
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