Essay Boot Camp


Got some pesky college admissions or scholarship essays to write?  With Essay Boot Camp by your side, you've got absolutely nothing to fear:  Ben Kaplan will show you how to brainstorm winning essay topics, avoid common mistakes, proofread like a pro, and propel your essay straight to the top. 

Essay Boot Camp is a CD-ROM, e-book, and printable workbook all in one.  This guide is especially helpful for those students who suffer from "writer's block" when writing a college or scholarship essay.  By going through these proven steps, such students will stop worrying about word limits and font choice and instead focus on what's more important... painting a compelling portrait of who they really are and why they would be a fantastic fit for any college or scholarship award.

Remember, a college admissions officer or scholarship judge typically only spends a couple of minutes with any given essay.  Essay Boot Camp shows you how to make a powerful impression and convince the reader to spend more time with your essay and application.
Need to write an essay on one of those common topics like your favorite activities, significant life experiences, or career goals?  Ben suggests specific options on how to answer each one.
You'll even receive an insider's tour of ten of America's top scholarship essay contests. For each of these leading scholarship opportunities, you'll be able to read sample winning essays, judges' notes, winners' commentary, and more. 
You'll also benefit from a behind-the-scenes look at Ben Kaplan's own essay contest--revealing, for the first time, precisely why the judging panel picked certain student essays, while tossing others aside.  This is an eye-opening exercise that helps you discover exactly what works in a persuasive essay (and what definitely doesn't).

So did you know that writing essays can be pain-free, straightforward, and even (dare we say) fun?  Order today and discover why you don't have to be a great writer to write a great scholarship or college admissions essay!
Topics Covered: 

For students and parents who need to get up to speed fast on effective college admissions and scholarship essay writing techniques, this guide is the ultimate kick-start. You'll learn how to:

  • Avoid making the 10 biggest essay mistakes.
  • Make your essay stand out from the crowd in 7 easy steps.
  • Think from the admission officer's point of view to get the winning edge.
  • Choose essay topics in a strategic way to maximize your odds of success.
  • Become your own best editor when re-writing your essay.
  • Approach the "common" essay topics with originality and creativity.
  • Develop that "wow" factor in your application that gets you immediately noticed.
  • Boost the content of your essay from "good" to "great."
  • Use the essay to boost your perceived value (important for "reach" colleges).
Bonus Features: 

The new upgrade of Essay Boot Camp now comes with a variety of enhanced features:

  • Essay Brainstorm Worksheet:  This worksheet helps you organize, strategize, and answer even the toughest essay questions.  By following this step-by-step approach, you'll discover winning anecdotes and examples you didn't even know you had!
  • Personal Inventory Log:  Use these helpful sheets to strategically track and highlight your most compelling essay content.  It will help focus you on the most important activities and credentials to be included in an essay.
  • Sample Winning Essay Library:  Read actual winning college admissions and scholarship essays to get a deeper understanding of what it takes to succeed.  The best way to master the essay game is to learn from those who play it well.
  • Audio Tips from Ben:  Hear Ben Kaplan talk about how to answer perennial scholarship essay questions in an original way.  Ben has read thousands of essays and distilled their secrets... so you don't have to do this on your own.
  • Scholarship Intelligence Briefings:  Get the inside scoop on how to win some of America's top scholarship essay contests.  We feature in-depth profiles of these essay contests so that you can apply right away.  You'll be able to even recycle some of your college admissions essays to also earn scholarship funds.
Product Reviews: 

Billie W. (Parent) - Wheeling, WV

"The first scholarship source to which my daughter applied netted $2,500… a great return on the investment!"

Deb E. (Parent) - Columbia, SC

"My son won $143,000 in scholarships and grants after applying your tips and suggestions. Your sample essays were especially helpful. Most of all, you encouraged my son to apply for scholarships even when he had no hope of winning. Amazingly, he did win!"

John P. (Student) - Seattle, WA

"I just wanted to tell you that I got admitted to my top college even when my counselor told me that it was a reach. The first draft of my essay was awful. After reading Essay Boot Camp and using the worksheets I realized that I had pretty much made all ten of the major essay mistakes. I followed the steps and totally re-wrote my essay. It turned out to be the best thing I had ever written. Your advice made the difference. Thank you so much!"

Linda S. (Parent) - Montgomery, AL

"Your course was a fantastic investment. I am proud to say that my daughter, Emma, has been awarded over $21,000 in merit scholarships for her freshman year. Just last week she received a $10,000 scholarship. That was a mouth-dropping, God-praising time for us! We would never have had the courage or fortitude to pursue these scholarships if it weren’t for you."

Oprah Winfrey

“Ben shows step-by-step how to take advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarships that are out there waiting for you.… Fantastic!”

Rebecca C. (Student) - San Diego, CA

"I have received over $35,000 in scholarships… I will be the first person in my entire family to attend a university and your guidance has truly been a stepping stone."


"When I first started working at the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center, we had to study Ben Kaplan's materials. It was part of the formal orientation. They made sure we read it and it made a huge difference."

LaShonda Long, Student Affairs Officer
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