• Essay Scholarships

Perhaps you are a brilliant writer, or maybe you're just going for the most efficient way to rack up the college scholarship money . Either way, you’ve decided that the key to funding your education lies in winning scholarship essay contests . Essay scholarships are awarded in numerous fields to students of varied backgrounds. Some essay scholarships have requirements in addition to the essay, such as GPA or financial need, whereas others are judged solely on the merit of the writing submitted. No matter what the criteria are, essay scholarships are a great way to use those writing skills you’ve been practicing to help pay for school .

The scholarship application process for essay scholarships is much the same as for other scholarship opportunities —you need to fill out the scholarship application, gather all your materials, double-check that you've met all requirements, and then submit your completed application packet before the deadline. With essay scholarships, especially, you should start this process early and leave yourself plenty of time to formulate an effective strategy and write a brilliant entry. Make sure you closely follow instructions and go through the entire writing process , from brainstorming to outlining to editing. If you really want to win essay scholarships, you can't just throw your response together in 30 minutes and send it on its way. While this strategy may have worked for you in English class, chances are $5,000 wasn't riding on whether you got an A on any of your papers. Take your time writing and revising. If you plan far enough ahead, you'll be able to get plenty of feedback from your family, friends, and teachers, as well. The more people who see your essay, the better it will be. Outside help goes beyond proofreading. If possible, ask for advice on the content of your essay, as well as the style and the flow. All of these are important factors in writing effective scholarship essays .

  • 9th Island Cultural Club of Las Vegas Aloha Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $750
  • The Aloha Scholarship is for college bound seniors living in Clark County, Nevada, who plan to enroll in an accredited trade/vocational school, college, or university as a full-time student may apply for this scholarship. Student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher, may be a senior at a charter, private, or CCSD high school, and must be working toward a degree in their chosen field. Applicants [...] More
  • A. F. Zimmerman Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2024
  • Amount: $1,250
  • Phi Alpha Theta encourages student members to apply for one of three graduate scholarships (applicants will be considered for all three). To be eligible, members must be entering graduate school for the first time in fall of the year the scholarship is awarded and must be pursuing a Master’s degree in History or Library Science-Archives. Students currently enrolled in a graduate program are not [...] More
  • ABA Diversity Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The American Bus Association Foundation promotes academic excellence and diversity in the motorcoach travel and tour industry through its scholarship program. The ABA Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in financial support to hundreds of scholars since its inception. The ABA Foundation Scholarship Program recognizes deserving students who demonstrate scholastic ability, leadership, [...] More
  • ACAA Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 5/18/2023
  • The American Coal Ash Association Educational Foundation (ACAAEF) is accepting applications for scholarships from students with an interest in the beneficial use of coal combustion products (CCP). Both graduate and undergraduate students are invited to apply. The awards will be based on essays, coursework, academic credentials, and recommendations. Essays may discuss a wide variety of topics [...] More
  • Actuary of Tomorrow - Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • Stuart A. Robertson, FSA, MAAA (1918-2005) was a distinguished actuary who, along with Wendell Milliman, co-founded the actuarial and consulting firm Milliman & Robertson (now Milliman, Inc.). The Actuary of Tomorrow – Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship was established to honor his dedication to excellence and recognize his tremendously positive influence on the professional lives of many [...] More
  • Alisa's Angels Scholarship
  • Their vision is to foster ethical leaders and inspire all to serve. Alisa's Angels is committed to inspiring tomorrow’s leaders by providing scholarships that support and empower students who give back to their communities. Alisa's Angels awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors who make their communities better, and support them with mentoring. Through this support, the memory of [...] More
  • Alpha Gamma Rho Horticulture Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Alpha Gamma Rho Horticulture Scholarship is offered to AGR undergraduates who are enrolled with a declared horticulture-related major in; among others, entomology, environmental horticulture, horticulture, landscape gardening, landscape horticulture, ornamental horticulture, pest control, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant science (with horticulture emphasis), pomology, and/pr vegetable [...] More
  • America’s 911 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 3/10/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The America’s 911 Foundation, Inc. Scholarship is offered to children of first responders, in honor of those who served on September 11. Applicants must write an essay answering: "What inspired your parents to become a first responder and how could that inspire you?" The individuals receiving the scholarships will be notified by mid June at the latest. Those receiving the scholarships will be [...] More
  • Angels Wings Thai Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • The Angels Wings Thai Scholarship recognizes Thai-American students who have demonstrated academic excellence, commitment to their Thai community, heritage connection and desire to continue their education. Eligible applicants must be high school seniors, be attending a college or university during the upcoming school year, and have a 3.0 GPA. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More
  • Apprentice Ecologist Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2023
  • The Apprentice Ecologist Initiative (officially recognized by the U.S. EPA) has engaged tens of thousands of young volunteers (kids, teens, and college-age youth) from around the world in environmental cleanup and conservation projects since 1999. This program has received multiple awards from the City of Albuquerque, a "Best Community Impact" award from Eastern Kentucky University, and is [...] More
  • Arnold W. Fritz Scholarship
  • The Canton Audubon Society (CAS) was founded in 1962 and has been a local chapter of the National Audubon Society in select counties in Ohio. Canton Audubon Society strives to meet our members’ varied interests in the field of nature. Throughout their generosity, the Canton Audubon Society is pleased to offer scholarships to deserving college students, junior level and above, including graduate [...] More
  • Arts for Life! Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/6/2024
  • Arts for Life! annually awards $1,000 scholarships to 25 graduating high school seniors in Florida who demonstrate excellence in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual art. Launched by former First Lady Columba Bush in 1999, the program has awarded scholarships to more than 575 gifted high school seniors. The application period is currently open until February. The Arts for Life! [...] More
  • ASDSO Senior Undergraduate Scholarship (Dam Engineering)
  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Successful recipients must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents and enrolled full-time at the senior level in an accredited civil engineering program or in a related field as determined by ASDSO. Students must also demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in hydraulics, hydrology or geotechnical disciplines, or in another discipline related to the design, construction and operation [...] More
  • ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest
  • The ASHG DNA Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments that indicate a deep understanding of scientific concepts related to the essay question. They are evaluated by ASHG members through three rounds of scoring. Current ASHG members have the [...] More
  • ASID Legacy Scholarship for Graduate Students
  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The ASID Foundation Legacy Scholarship is open to students who are enrolled in or have been accepted for admission to a graduate-level interior design program at an accredited university. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic accomplishment, creative achievement, and personal statement. Applicants must write an essay on the following subject: "As an interior designer, how will [...] More
  • Assistance League of Las Vegas Scholarships
  • The Public Education Foundation rallies our community to effectively invest in public education. Thanks to our many community partners, we provide a variety of support to public schools, focusing on students, educators, and school communities. We provide millions of dollars in college scholarships each year to help students pursue their dreams of attending college or vocational school. Together, [...] More
  • Association for Iron & Steel Technology Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 10/3/2023
  • Amount: $12,000
  • The top-scoring applicant of all received will be awarded the Premier Scholarship, a one-year scholarship of $12,000 with a paid summer internship (summer preceding the scholarship). Applicant must commit to a paid summer internship at a North American steel-related company and must be a citizen of the United States, Canada or Mexico, and may need to relocate for the internship period. Note: Upon [...] More
  • Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2024
  • To increase awareness of women’s ongoing contributions to the mathematical sciences, the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Math for America co-sponsor an essay contest for biographies of contemporary women mathematicians and statisticians in academic, industrial, and government careers. The essays will be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in or retired [...] More
  • Augustana University Distinguished Scholar Competition
  • Amount: $92,000
  • To be considered for scholarships at Augustana, students must complete the free Application for Admission and Scholarship. Students must be full-time and in good academic standing to maintain these scholarships. Augustana University scholarships are awarded to assist with direct educational costs for tuition, fees, university-owned housing and board. Augustana Academic Scholarships are [...] More
  • AWSC Graduating High School Senior Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 1/5/2024
  • The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is dedicated to the preservation of snowmobiling throughout the state by monitoring regulations and proposed legislation that could affect our sport. The AWSC is the legislative voice for Wisconsin's snowmobilers and snowmobile clubs. Wisconsin is home to more than 25,000 miles of trails thanks to the efforts of local snowmobile clubs with their [...] More
  • Baron & Budd Mesothelioma Cancer Victims Memorial Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 7/8/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Mesothelioma cancer claims the lives of thousands of people every year in the United States and its impact is felt for a lifetime by tens of thousands more people who are dear to them. Baron and Budd mesothelioma attorneys have been dedicated to fighting for the rights of mesothelioma cancer victims and their loved ones for over four decades and have established these scholarships to honor their [...] More
  • BBB Students of Integrity Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
  • The Students of Integrity (SOI) Scholarship showcases high school students who demonstrate a superior understanding of ethics. The Center awards the scholarships to the high school students with the highest-scoring essay. The scholarship contest is open to high school juniors in and seniors and resides in BBB Cincinnati's twenty-county service area (Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, [...] More
  • Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant
  • The Beta Gamma Recruitment Grant was established to provide educational resources to female graduating seniors who are planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicant must be a female graduating senior from Boone or Winnebago County who is planning to enter the teaching profession. Applicants must also write an essay about their interest in becoming a teacher. For more information or to [...] More
  • Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Bill Cowden Memorial Aviation Scholarship is available each year up to $1,500 to one pilot from the Midwest working to obtain higher ratings in aviation. Applicant must hold a current Private Pilot Certificate and plan to pursue advanced training in aviation, provide a professional resume, and include one letter of recommendation related to aviation skills and submit a one-page, typewritten [...] More
  • Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2023
  • The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in wildlife conservation and related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has been in effect for several years now. This contest was created in the hopes that it would enhance scholarly training and education in wildlife and wildlife conservation as well [...] More
  • Bonnie Fang Nursing Scholarship
  • The Bonnie Fang Nursing Scholarship is open to all full-time nursing students in a state-approved associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program in the states of California and Nevada. Applicants must be legal U.S. citizens or permanent residents who demonstrate financial need, are free from any federal judgment liens or existing service commitment, and not overdue on a federal debt; be [...] More
  • BRAF Aaron Bernard & Fay Tyler Murray Education Encouragement Award
  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2023
  • This scholarship was established by the Murray Family in 1998. It was created to reward students who demonstrate good citizenship and have a record of sound academic achievement. Baton Rouge Magnet High School faculty members can nominate graduating senior students who have shown leadership and initiative to help others within the school and community. Applicants to the Aaron Bernard Murray & Fay [...] More
  • Brenda Brown DeSatnick Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2023
  • Amount: $800
  • To apply, you must be a female former graduate of any high school in the United States or have attained a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Preference will be given to current residents of Lancaster County, Nebraska, although women in broader Nebraska may apply. The applicant must be a woman over the age of 25, planning to attend a qualified, accredited 2-year community college or trade [...] More
  • Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students
  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2023
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students is open to any graduate students through the age of 30, or to undergraduate students ages 25-30 who attend a North American college or university. Applicants are eligible to enter this contest if they will graduate by spring or summer of the current year. Please write about the dangers of religious extremism today in the United States, [...] More
  • Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest
  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2024
  • Cancer Pathways is open to teens in the United States in grades 9-12. Essay length should not exceed 1,500 words. Not eligible: poems, essays about a pet, or fiction. The contest deadline is March 3rd, midnight PST. Cash prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to the winners (winners will be asked to fill out a IRS W-9 form). Winners will be invited to a virtual reception and asked to read their [...] More
  • Cardinal Newman Society Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2024
  • The Cardinal Newman Society’s essay scholarship contest is open for submissions from high school seniors. The winner of the annual Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide. Additionally, there is the opportunity for the winner of the Contest to be awarded $20,000 over the course of four years. Several of the Newman Guide [...] More
  • CDPAP Department of Edison HHC Educational Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Edison Home Health Care (“Edison”) is a New York based company providing traditional home care services, as well as Fiscal Intermediary services for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP). Edison services thousands of patients throughout NY State and is accredited by the Joint Commission – widely recognized as the highest standard in healthcare accreditation. The CDPAP [...] More
  • Chad Smith "Smalls" Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • The Chad Smith “Small’s” Memorial Scholarship is for undergraduate students who are on the front lines caring for our homeless and/or near-homeless individuals and families inside the US (humanitarian work outside the US is acceptable as long as you are also working in the US). In memory of Chad Smith “Smalls”, My Daily Armor Ministries, and “Jonny’s Wagon” wish to honor the life of our friend by [...] More
  • Chaffin Luhana Foundation Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest
  • One of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s missions is to drive down the staggering number of distracted driving accidents in the United States. The Foundation will be awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a student who helps us in this fight by submitting an inspiring personal essay. Must be currently registered at an accredited high school, college, or university in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Greater [...] More
  • Chicago Metropolitan High School Scholarship
  • Amount: $3,000
  • To be eligible for the Chicago Metropolitan High School Scholarship, applicants must: be a graduating senior attending a high school in Cook County; be planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the summer or fall of the upcoming school year; have a minimum unweighted, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and show proof of acceptance to and enrollment in [...] More
  • CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2023
  • To be eligible for the CMAA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Scholarship, applicants must: be actively enrolled in an approved area of study and must have a minimum of one full academic year remaining prior to completing the degree being pursued (graduate and undergraduate programs are accepted [CM, Architecture, Engineering]); how a strong interest in a career in CM, as demonstrated by a response to the [...] More
  • Cohen Leadership Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2024
  • Education is vital to the growth and future of every community. Because of this, the Saginaw Community Founda­tion administers a variety of scholarship programs for high school, community college, university and vocational stu­dents. Since awarding our first $500 scholarship in 1987, the Saginaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in scholarships. Learn more about all of our [...] More
  • Coloradans for Nebraska Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2023
  • Coloradans for Nebraska is pleased to announce that the scholarship application process is now open. This year we will be awarding eight scholarships (six to incoming freshman and two for returning students) in the amount of $2,000 each for the coming academic school year. To be eligible, applicants must be a graduate of a Colorado High School and attending one of the campuses of the University [...] More
  • Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG) Scholarship
  • Each year, the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia accepts applications and essays from high school seniors in Georgia for one of its multiple scholarships. The scholarship committee reviews and rates the essays in anonymity. Submissions are due by March 15th. The COAG Scholarship is open to any Georgia high school senior (or a GED 1equivalency) who is a United States and Georgia [...] More
  • Corporate Relocation Council Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 1/1/2024
  • CRC is sponsoring a scholarship program for current high school seniors who relocated into the Chicagoland area at some point between grades 9-12. CRC will select scholarship winners based on the strength of their total application package. The student will be evaluated on academic performance, extra-curricular activities, and on their response to an essay addressing the way they handled the [...] More
  • Dakota Corps Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2023
  • To be eligible for the Dakota Corps Scholarship, applicants must: graduate from an accredited South Dakota high school with a 2.8 GPA (home-schooled students will be allowed to provide supplemental information if this requirement is not applicable); have an ACT score of 27; agree to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical need occupation after graduation for as many years as the scholarship [...] More
  • DAR Good Citizens Award
  • The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these [...] More
  • Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2024
  • The Daughters of the Cincinnati have contributed generously to the scholarship fund for over a century. Applicants must be daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States military. If eligible, applicants apply during their senior year in high school. The application process includes an essay, secondary school report, a letter of recommendation from a member of the applicant’s [...] More
  • David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color
  • The David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color is open to minority students aged 17-21, who are either high school seniors who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall, or who are currently enrolled (if you are graduating from college/university in the spring or summer of the current year, you are also eligible). Applicants must submit an [...] More
  • Dear Evan Hansen College Essay Writing Challenge
  • Application Deadline: 5/9/2023
  • Dear Evan Hansen, the Broadway Education Alliance, and Gotham Writers invite 11th-grade and 12th-grade students across North America to write a college-application style essay describing your experiences with or ideas about reinvention. Applicants must be 11th or 12th grade high school students located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or Westchester, as well as Nassau, [...] More
  • Dedman Essay Competition
  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Dedman Scholars belong to cohorts organized by entering class, with each cohort named after a Dedman virtue: humility, sacrifice, courage, conviction, honor, compassion, integrity, and honesty. These eight virtues also reflect the character attributes that Robert Dedman upheld in his own life and identified as the foundation for his success. The Dedman Distinguished Scholars Program at The [...] More
  • DFLA Education Fund Scholarship Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • In order to apply for the DFLA Education Fund Scholarship Essay Contest, applicants must submit a 500-word to 800-word essay based on the year's prompt. Each essay is scored based on originality, creativity, the strength of argument, acknowledgment of alternative perspectives, and proper use of grammar and spelling. Party affiliation, gender, and personal politics are immaterial. The contest [...] More
  • Don Schmidt Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 11/4/2023
  • The OPRA Foundation annually awards continuing education scholarships to students and professionals who exemplify the future of our profession and wish to further their education in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure studies. The scholarship may be broken into two categories; conference fees and lodging. The primary use of this scholarship is for attendance to the OPRA Conference & Trade [...] More
  • Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship Contest
  • The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited college or university in the state of Texas for the Fall semester and who is [...] More
  • Dr. W. Wesley Eckenfelder Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Brown and Caldwell offers the Dr. Wesley Eckenfelder, Jr. Scholarship to support students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession. Applicants must be full-time students enrolled in their junior, senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university and must have declared a major in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical or environmental engineering [...] More
  • Eastern Colorado Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2024
  • The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado fosters collaboration, serves as a catalyst for community projects, and is a trusted steward and service provider to philanthropists and nonprofit organizations. They manage and administer over 500 charitable funds and over $185 million in assets. The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado meets national standards for operational quality, donor [...] More
  • Elaine Chapin Memorial Scholarship
  • Named in honor of Elaine Chapin, this scholarship will provide funds to support the post-secondary education of students impacted by multiple sclerosis, either directly or as a family member. Applicants must be citizens of the United States who plan to enroll or are enrolled in an undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational, or technical school [...] More
  • ELC Scholarship Program
  • Amount: $60,000
  • The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is the preeminent membership organization committed to increasing the number of global Black executives in C-Suites, on corporate boards and in global enterprises. The ELC opens channels of opportunity for the development of Black executives to positively impact business and our communities. The mission of The ELC’s Scholarship Programs is to build a [...] More
  • Ellen M. Cherry-Delawder Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2024
  • Welcome to Financial Aid services for Howard Community College. We pride ourselves in providing tremendous value for your education investment, and we do everything we can to help you find ways to ensure that a college education is within reach. Helping you achieve your goals starts with helping you identify ways to pay for college. Financial Aid Services here at Howard Community College is [...] More
  • Emma Jean Frierson Memorial Nursing Scholarship
  • Eric Dostie Scholarship
  • The Eric Dostie Scholarship will be awarded to students who can best demonstrate scholastic achievement, community service and financial need. Applicants must submit an essay describing how their education will be used to serve humankind and to encourage self-improvement and enrichment. This scholarship offers financial assistance to students who either have hemophilia or a similar bleeding [...] More
  • Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. College Scholarship
  • Amount: $500
  • Faith Hope and Love Jesus, Inc. is excited to offer an annual college scholarship. This will be the easiest 500 words or more essay to write in the world. It can be on any topic or subject. Please submit a letter from your doctor documenting a history of a blood disorder or cancer diagnosed before the age of 18 along with your essay. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
  • FCHCC Achieving the Dream Scholarship
  • First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC), along with our donors, awards promising Hispanic students scholarships to continue their education. To qualify, students must be of Hispanic/Latino descent, live in one of the First Coast five counties, have a 3.0 GPA, complete an application which includes two short essays, and send official transcripts for our selection committee to review and [...] More
  • Federal Resources Warrior's Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • The Federal Resources Warrior's Legacy Scholarship awards graduating seniors and full-time students currently enrolled in an accredited technical school, college, or university in the United States. Applicants must provide verification documents with their applications. These include proof of service to verify their parent/guardian's service in Law Enforcement, EMS, or the Armed Forces (i.e. [...] More
  • Fourth Circuit High School Essay Contest
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its essay contest. The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: "In light of Meyer and later cases, may a state, consistent with the protections [...] More
  • FRA Americanism Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2023
  • FRA is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. Enlisted service in any of these branches—past or present, for a short time or for the long haul—is your passport to membership in an association that works hard for you and your family on Capitol Hill and in your local community. FRA’s guiding principles are Loyalty, Protection and [...] More
  • Freedom From Religion Foundation Essay Contests
  • The Michael Hakeem Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking College Students is open to all atheist and agnostic ongoing undergraduate college students up to age 24 already attending a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer of the current year. Write an essay about the divisiveness of religion [...] More
  • Galvanize the Future Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship
  • The American Galvanizers Associations (AGA) Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. Any full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate student of any age enrolled at an accredited college or university only in North America may apply. High school students are not eligible to [...] More
  • GRHS Youth Essay Contest
  • An International GRHS Essay Contest, sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, will be held to encourage students to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, in the USA, Canada and other countries in the Western Hemisphere, these people have become known as Germans from Russia. [...] More
  • Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest
  • Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American. Applicants must be Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or other Asian/Pacific Islander, multi-cultural ethnicity in grades K-12. Applicants must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa [...] More
  • GSLMTC Mary Joan Wolf Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2024
  • The Greater St Louis Mothers of Twins Club offers four scholarships for multiple-birth students seeking initial enrollment in accredited post high school education or training. The applicants must reside within the St. Louis, MO-IL metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) which includes the City of St Louis; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren, [...] More
  • Hannah Ostrea Memorial College Scholarship
  • The Hannah Ostrea Memorial College Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Little Miss Hannah Ostrea, who lost her battle with an ultra-rare genetic disorder, Gaucher Disease type 2/3, at the age of 3. She lived for only three short years, yet her beautiful smile, intoxicating charm, and her courageous fighting spirit forever captured the hearts of everyone who had the opportunity to get [...] More
  • Harry and Mable Boland Scholarship
  • Hawaii JiuJitsu Kimono Scholarship
  • The Hawaii JiuJitsu Foundation scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors within the state of Hawaii, who have a strong academic standing and exhibit outstanding personal characteristics, such as service, discipline and perseverance. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years dedication to the training of the grappling arts along with grappling instructor’s signature, a cumulative [...] More
  • Heinlein Society Scholarships
  • This year we will be awarding four (4) $4,000 scholarships to undergraduate students of accredited 4-year colleges and universities. The “Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship” is dedicated to a female candidate majoring in engineering, math, or biological or physical sciences. The Robert A. Heinlein, Dr. Yoji Kondo, and Dr. Jerry Pournelle scholarships may be awarded to a candidate of any [...] More
  • Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation
  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2023
  • The Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation was founded on March 7, 2011, to honor the memory of Helen Gee Chin, wife of Sifu Chin of Calvin Chin's Martial Arts Academy, Inc. The scholarship is open to students who plan to enroll full-time as an undergraduate at an accredited U.S. four-year college or university and meet the minimum eligibility requirements: U.S. citizenship, five or more years [...] More
  • Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia -Undergraduate Scholarship
  • The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia -Undergraduate Scholarship is for students who are of Greek descent OR majoring in Greek Studies , and U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent residents of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery or Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester or Salem Counties in New Jersey. [...] More
  • Hope For The Warriors Scholarships
  • The Hope for the Warriors Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program identifies, recognizes, and rewards post-9/11 spouses/caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well being of their families. [...] More
  • Hope Through Learning Award
  • The Hope Through Learning Award is a $2,500 scholarship available to youth age 24 and under residing in Allegheny County who are experiencing or have experienced homelessness during their school attendance years, and who are going on to a higher education or career training program for the first time. Homelessness is defined as lacking a fixed, regular, and adequate night-time residence, and [...] More
  • Incight Scholarship
  • INCIGHT has awarded scholarships to students with disabilities pursuing higher education. These scholars are enrolled in community college, university, vocational school and graduate programs. Students who demonstrate outstanding service to their community and overcome personal obstacles are awarded scholarships from INCIGHT. Applicants must be residents of Washington state, Oregon or California, [...] More
  • Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Johnson-O'Malley Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Today, the Chickasaw Nation is economically strong, culturally vibrant and full of energetic people dedicated to the preservation of family, community and heritage. Since the 1980’s, tribal government has focused on building an economically diverse base to generate funds that will support programs and services to Indian people. Business has flourished, programs and services have grown, and the [...] More
  • Iranian Scholarship Foundation
  • The Iranian Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a registered nonprofit organization that enables exceptional students of Iranian descent who lack financial resources to attend university. Through our scholarships, academically promising students are able to pursue their academic dreams, despite their lack of financial means. Central to ISF’s vision is the vital role of community service. We are looking for [...] More
  • Irene Adler Prize
  • Application Deadline: 5/30/2023
  • The Irene Adler Prize is open to women pursuing a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution. In addition to the $1,000 US prize, up to two $250 honorable mentions will be awarded. Entry is free for applicants worldwide. (This marks a change from 2017 to 2022, when the prize was available exclusively to U.S. and [...] More
  • IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest
  • IAPMO formed the foundation - the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) - to help provide safe access to clean water and sanitation systems. The IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest asks students to respond to the prompt with an essay between 800 and 1,600 words. Applicants must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in an accredited [...] More
  • James Knott Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2023
  • To be eligible for the James Knott Memorial Scholarship, applicants must: live in a mobile/manufactured home; have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0; demonstrate financial need; and plan on attending a two or four-year nonprofit or public educational institution or university full time. In addition to completing the application, applicants must: provide proof of residency in a [...] More
  • Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 7/20/2023
  • Mesothelioma Help is pleased to announce the “Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarship.” We are proud to offer 4 scholarships in the names of these two mesothelioma warriors. Our goal is to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma, provide information about its prognosis and the dangers of being exposed to asbestos. The Mesothelioma Help [...] More
  • Jewel Continuum Foundation
  • The Jewel Continuum Foundation Scholarship is a scholarship that will be awarded based on the completion of the current essay topic and the unanimous selection of the review committee. Verification of enrollment in a two-year or four-year institution is required to receive this scholarship. The scholarship is open to any graduating senior from an accredited high school in Oakland, Wayne and [...] More
  • Joe Cribari Scholarship
  • John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2024
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. The Kennedy Library Foundation is not a grant-making foundation. Through its Board of Directors, its committees and staff, the Foundation assists the Library in the planning and establishment of its long-term [...] More
  • John Fischetti Scholarship
  • The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) is proud to offer the John Fischetti Scholarship, awarded to students who are of 50% or more of Italian ancestry and have been accepted into or enrolled in an undergraduate degree program majoring in journalism or media communications. John Fischetti was a Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist whose work for many years graced the pages [...] More
  • John Pirelli Lodge Italian American Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 10/14/2023
  • Wright State University is a national public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 11,000 students. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education. One of the things that matters most to us at Wright State University is keeping a quality education affordable for you and your family. That's why our tuition is among the lowest in Ohio for [...] More
  • John Sexton Essay Contest
  • The John Sexton Scholars Program invites high school students (grades 9-12) across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to participate in the John Sexton Essay Contest. The competition challenges students to write an original and creative research essay for the following prompt: Currently, there are over 80 million displaced people in the world. Experts agree that climate change will cause a [...] More
  • Jordan & Cara Odo Leadership Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/13/2024
  • The Jordan & Cara Odo Scholarship Foundation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student who demonstrates leadership in his/her community. To qualify for the scholarship, the student must be a senior at a Hawaii high school, attend a two-year or four-year college and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicant must intend to return to Hawaii after college. Must provide a resume, [...] More
  • Jose Antonio Navarro Distinguished Student Scholarship Award
  • Application Deadline: 1/14/2024
  • The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas. Our staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas history through its architectural, archeological, and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Their mission is to protect and preserve [...] More
  • Joseph B. Ezhaya Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/25/2023
  • Joseph B. Ezhaya Memorial Scholarship offers scholarships to students who share Joe’s interest in citizenship, community service and exemplify his spirit and vitality. Applicants must be currently attending a Mid-Maine Chamber area high school (Lawrence, Winslow, Mt. View, Waterville, Messalonskee, MCI, Erskine, Calvary Temple or Good Will-Hinckley) and must maintain an academic average of a “C” [...] More
  • Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship
  • The Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships to undergraduates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Students who are U.S. citizens, ages 17-25 and are admitted or enrolled in an accredited four-year historically black college (HBCU) or university in the United States are eligible to apply. Students must also have a minimum 2.8 GPA and have [...] More
  • Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/7/2023
  • The Joshua L. Anderson Memorial Foundation was created in 1992 to award scholarships to deserving student/athlete graduates from high schools in Northern Nevada. Since inception 30 years ago, the Foundation has awarded three hundred and fifty three (353) scholarships to students from thirty three different Northern Nevada high schools. The Foundation expects to award 15 additional scholarships [...] More
  • Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund
  • The Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund fund is intended to provide financial assistance for intermediate, novice and junior-level athletes who demonstrate financial need. Applicants can be singles, pairs or ice dancing competitor at the intermediate through junior levels and must be a current member of U.S. Figure Skating. A 250-word essay is required as well. For more information or to apply, [...] More
  • JSU Alabama Leadership Scholarship
  • First-Time Freshmen will be considered automatically for merit scholarships upon admission to JSU. Merit scholarships cannot stack on one another; this includes the Leadership Scholarship and JSU Honors Scholarship. Out-of-state students receiving a merit-based scholarship or grant will qualify to pay their remaining tuition balance at the in-state rate. Academic merit scholarships are awarded [...] More
  • Keep Your Chin Up Scholarship Fund
  • Created in honor of George Keown (GK), GK Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping Arizona residents, age 25 and older, better their lives through education. George was the epitome of perseverance and determination, and it is our mission to honor him in a way that represents those attributes. "Keep your chin up, kid" was his favorite thing to say whenever we faced [...] More
  • Kelly Somey Digital Marketing Scholarship
  • This scholarship honors Kelly Somey, a former high school art teacher who inspired Union’s founder, Banks Wilson, to seek a path after graduation driven by creativity. Mr. Somey was a dedicated mentor and teacher who went above and beyond to provide guidance to students looking to develop their talents and pursue careers in creative fields. To be eligible to receive this scholarship, you must [...] More
  • Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) Scholarship
  • The Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) Scholarship is open to students from schools in Kentucky who have a passion for using technology skills to make a positive social change in the world or at home in their communities. In order to be considered for this scholarship, an applicant must currently be attending a rural high school as a senior in the state of Kentucky and be an [...] More
  • Legacy of Life Essay & Video Scholarships
  • All essay and video entrants must be a current high school senior who both resides and attends high school, or is home schooled, in Northern Virginia (specifically the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Clarke, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, and Fauquier as well as the independent cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Fredericksburg, Manassas, and Manassas [...] More
  • Life Lessons Scholarship Program
  • Amount: $15,000
  • A college education is already a major financial challenge for most American families, but it becomes infinitely more difficult for a student when a parent dies, leaving little or no life insurance. Recognizing the character and perseverance that so many young people show in the face of such adversity, Life Happens sponsors the annual Life Lessons Scholarship Program for college students and [...] More
  • Linda Thompson Memorial Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2023
  • As the pre-eminent global organization for Destination Management Companies (DMCs) ADMEI’s mission is to: define the DMC industry; uphold the highest level of professionalism; establish standard business and ethical practices; and promote the value of local Destination Management through member and industry education. Today, ADMEI is recognized as the global voice of the Destination Management [...] More
  • Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund
  • The Lisa Michelle Memorial Fund proudly offers educational scholarships to students who have lost a parent to alcohol, drug, or prescription drug abuse. Applicants must be a legal U.S. citizen and enrolled in a college or university located in the United States and must show proof of part-time or full-time enrollment in a college or university. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Essays [...] More
  • Live Deliberately Essay Contest
  • Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-18, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young [...] More
  • LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship
  • The LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college students pursuing a major in fashion and/or graphic design. Applicants must be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity; be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, be a high school senior or college student currently enrolled full-time at a college or [...] More
  • Long Island Music Hall of Fame Student Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 5/13/2023
  • Student Scholarships offered provide funding for graduating Brooklyn, Nassau, Queens and Suffolk high school students who have shown an interest in pursuing a career in music. In addition to eligibility requirements listed on the application, the LIMHOF Education Committee will base selections on the completed application answers, school transcript, a 400-500 word essay on education and career [...] More
  • Loren Gruber Scholarship for Literary Studies
  • Application Deadline: 5/12/2023
  • Missouri Valley College offers the Loren Gruber Scholarship for Literary Studies to incoming English majors. Applicants must have an ACT of 21 or an SAT of 976, and have a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must write a 500-word essay about their favorite book, blog, poem, play, essay, or film. Explain how this text has influenced your goals for life before, during, and after college. How will the Loren Gruber [...] More
  • Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/29/2023
  • Amount: $2,200
  • The Women’s Ordination Conference is honored to offer a scholarship fund for women to support their academic and spiritual path toward ordained priesthood. This scholarship is primarily directed to women who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to women who are seeking priestly ordination in other [...] More
  • MAC CMAA Graduate / Undergraduate for Construction Managers
  • The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (MAC CMAA), awards a limited number of scholarships to qualified students to help them defray the costs of pursuing a degree in Construction Management or a Related-Degree Program. Eligible applicants must: be actively enrolled in an approved area of study and must have a minimum of one full academic year remaining [...] More
  • Mainely Character Scholarship
  • To be eligible for the Mainely Character Scholarship, applicants must: be residents of Maine; be graduating from high school in the year of the application; be graduating from a high school in Maine; and be going onto an accredited post-secondary institution after graduation from high school. If you are considering a “gap year” between high school and post-secondary education, you must apply [...] More
  • Mariano Moreno Culinary Institute President's Scholarship
  • The Mariano Moreno Culinary Institute President's Scholarship is available only for future students at Mariano Moreno Culinary Institute that are looking to start their career in culinary arts or pastry and baking. We offer Certificate and Associate degrees in our campus in Miami. The President’s Scholarship has been established to assist full-time students who have financial needs as part of [...] More
  • Medicalfieldcareers.com Healthcare Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2023
  • Paying for school is a challenge for the majority of today’s college students. As education costs continue to climb, so too does the competition for the limited financial aid available. According to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), the number of students applying for federal financial assistance increased by a staggering 29% between the 2006 and 2016 [...] More
  • Minnesota Association of Townships (MAT) Scholarship
  • The Minnesota Association of Townships is awarding $1,000 scholarships to up to five juniors currently attending a Minnesota public, private, or parochial high school or a home study program that plan to further their education at a college, university, or vocational school. Applicants must complete an application form and submit it along with a written essay discussing the year's designated [...] More
  • Monarch Awards Foundation, Inc. Illinois College or University Scholarship
  • To be eligible for the Illinois College or University Scholarship, applicants must: have obtained at least a second semester freshman status at an accredited four-year college or university in Illinois and be working toward a first Bachelor's degree; show proof of graduation from a Chicago Metropolitan Area high school; have a minimum unweighted, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 [...] More
  • Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 3/12/2023
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The goal of the annual Kaplun Essay Contest is to encourage students to think about their heritage, reflect on their values, and better understand Judaism’s contribution to civilization and culture. We believe strongly in the value of this writing process as a way for young people to explore challenging ethical topics. The first-place winners in Level 1 and Level 2 will each be awarded $1,800. [...] More
  • Mount Laurel Garden Club Scholarship
  • The Mount Laurel, NJ Garden Club (MLGC) awards scholarship money in the amount of at least $1,000 to a student(s) that resides in Mount Laurel, Burlington County, New Jersey and is graduating from high school in the year of the award. Qualified applicants must complete the MLGC Application Form and complete a 200-400 word essay as outlined on the form. For more information or to apply, please [...] More
  • National AG Day Essay Contest
  • Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is, “American Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow?” National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, [...] More
  • Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus Inspiring Women Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2023
  • Helen Boosalis was an inspiration to Nebraska Women. The Nebraska Democratic Women’s Caucus (NDWC) wanted to find a way to honor her while encouraging tomorrow’s female political leaders and established $500 scholarships awarded to Nebraska Democratic women who are active in their communities and progressive politics. The Nebraska Democratic Women's Caucus Inspiring Women Scholarship is awarded [...] More
  • Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship
  • At Oxbow, we know that today’s students are tomorrow’s veterinary leaders. The annual Oxbow Academic Scholarships provide financial support to aspiring veterinarians and vet techs, as well as other future animal health professionals. Oxbow's Nebraska High School Senior Scholarship is for graduating high seniors in Nebraska with a strong interest in pursuing a career in the companion animal [...] More
  • Nebraska Logistics Council Scholarship
  • The Nebraska Logistics Council Scholarship will be awarded to a junior or senior at a Nebraska High School. A scholarship for $500 will be given to the best candidate(s) chosen by the council. Applicants must be enrolled in or planning to enroll in a transportation, distribution or logistics curriculum. Applicants must submit a 100-200 word essay and a resume specifically listing employment [...] More
  • New York Financial Writers' Association Scholarship
  • The New York Financial Writers Association Scholarship is for students in the New York City metropolitan area who are pursuing a career in business and financial journalism. This is open to both undergraduates and graduate students. For more details or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
  • Newark (Delaware) Rotary Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/26/2023
  • The Newark Rotary Club is proud to offer a college scholarship for the freshman year to deserving students who will graduate the current year, residing in Newark, Delaware. The scholarship will be presented after graduation to students who show exceptional character and qualify as judged by grades, class rank, SAT scores, community and school service, extra curricular activities, a written essay [...] More
  • NIADA Foundation Regional Scholarships
  • The National Association of Independent Automobile Dealers provides several scholarship opportunities for exceptional high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the automotive industry. Encouraging and supporting education opportunities for future industry leaders is integral to our vision of a robust, ethical and professional used vehicle market. NIADA currently offers 5 different [...] More
  • NJCPA College Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 1/6/2024
  • Amount: $6,500
  • The NJCPA Scholarship Fund provides one-year college scholarships to accounting students at New Jersey colleges who are currently in their second year (community college), sophomore or junior year or in their senior year and entering an accounting-related graduate program in New Jersey. The scholarship award amount for sophomores is $2,000 and the scholarship award amount for the junior and [...] More
  • NJCPA High School Senior Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 12/11/2023
  • The NJCPA Scholarship Fund awards $1,500 scholarships to college-bound New Jersey high school seniors intending to major in accounting or obtain a concentration in accounting which includes not less than 24 accounting credits. Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, essay and personal interview. To apply for the scholarship, students must create a NJCPA account to log-in with to [...] More
  • NJHIMSS Academic Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2023
  • Each year, the New Jersey Chapter of the Health Information and Management Systems Society offers three scholarship awards for students in a Healthcare Information Management, Healthcare Information Technology or a Clinical Informatics track. Applicants for the NJHIMSS scholarships must be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral program related to Healthcare Information [...] More
  • Northwestern University Founders Scholarship
  • Amount: $52,800
  • Students who apply for aid will automatically be considered for all forms of aid. Program and eligibility requirements are subject to revision based on federal, state and university changes to regulations and policies. Financial aid from the university is limited to four years of enrollment for an entering first-year student and three years of enrollment for an entering transfer student. The [...] More
  • NPG Undergraduate Essay Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/18/2023
  • Each year, NPG offers a variety of Scholarship Contests for students across the country. Contestants are invited to answer a population-related challenge, with their own experience and insight guiding their ideas for a solution. Contests are open to high school seniors, as well as currently-enrolled college undergraduates. Winners will receive a designated scholarship amount, paid towards [...] More
  • NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for [...] More
  • NSPE Steinman Scholarship
  • Incorporated in 1960, the NSPE Education Foundation is committed to the future of the engineering profession. The National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation will be a major source of support for the educational and ethical practice needs of engineering students, engineering teachers, and practicing professionals. Intended to support talented students studying engineering, [...] More
  • Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: 5/6/2023
  • Ohio Parks and Recreation Association Foundation has been honored to provide three academic scholarships each year to undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarships are evaluated based on two criteria: resume and essay question. Eligible applicants are enrolled in a degree program relevant to parks and recreation at an Ohio college/university. Applicants must have at least 30 credit hours [...] More
  • Ohio Spartan Grant
  • Amount: $40,000
  • MSU will review your GPA (weighted if available) for ninth through 11th grades. Should you choose to submit a test score, only your best ACT or SAT test score will be used. MSU does not superscore tests. Students who choose to apply without a test score will be eligible for scholarships based on high school performance and a holistic review of their application material. Michigan State University [...] More
  • Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland Freshman Scholarship
  • The Ohio University Women's Club of Greater Cleveland awards a scholarship to a high school senior woman from the Greater Cleveland area who will be entering Ohio University as a freshman in the fall of the year the scholarship is awarded. This scholarship can range in value from a partial scholarship up to a full-tuition scholarship for the freshman year. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA [...] More
  • Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest
  • Each year, ADL Midwest invites 6th-12th grade students in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, or Wisconsin to participate… Using a personal example or experience, describe or portray how one of the five freedoms in the First Amendment affects your daily life. This contest is limited to students in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, North [...] More
  • Oxbow Animal Health Scholarships
  • Our family-owned company started in 1980 and over the years, one farmer’s passion has grown into our global commitment to small animal health. Our rich history is rooted in hard work, entrepreneurial ingenuity and values that are still in place today. At Oxbow, we know that today’s students are tomorrow’s veterinary leaders. The annual Oxbow Academic Scholarships provide financial support to [...] More
  • PAF's Scholarships for Survivors
  • Application Deadline: 3/9/2023
  • The purpose of PAF's Scholarships for Survivors is to provide support to individuals that are legal residents of the United States of America who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer, a chronic, or life threatening debilitating disease within the past five years. Applicants must write an essay on how their diagnosis has impacted their life and their future goals. There are three [...] More
  • Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship
  • The mission of the Paul Bernot Memorial Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student with a passion for fitness/athletics who is a legal resident of the United States of America, is pursuing post-high school education, and who is currently or has previously been diagnosed/treated for cancer. To be eligible, applicants must: have a 3.0 GPA; be accepted and enrolled as a [...] More
  • Paul S. Mills Scholarship
  • The Paul S. Mills Scholarship program offers scholarships to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate education in a financial service related field. This may include finance, accounting, insurance or risk management, actuarial sciences, and personal financial planning. Eligible applicants must: be US citizens or permanent residents; demonstrate financial need; and be a full-time or [...] More
  • Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2023
  • Dedicated to continuing the legacy of AIDS educator and activist Pedro Zamora, the Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship seeks to support the academic efforts of young activists working in their communities today. The scholarship is open to all current high school seniors and first-year college students, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger), including those who are finishing their [...] More
  • Pennsylvania Spartan Grant
  • Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarships
  • Amount: $4,500
  • The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation provides academic scholarships to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Scholarship recipients are carefully chosen based upon their academic success, commitment to the ideals of Phi Kappa Tau, and service to their campus, community and Fraternity. Thanks to the generosity of many alumni, parents and friends, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is [...] More
  • Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
  • The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest is held annually, with a new Abraham Lincoln related prompt each year. Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in an American college or university during the spring semester proceeding the deadline for the year the award is offered. Entries must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do need to [...] More
  • Pride Scholarship at Michigan State University
  • The Pride Scholarship was founded in 2000 by Bill Beachler, MSU Alumnus; and GLFSA, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Student Association of Michigan State University. This is one of only a handful of such scholarships offered by U.S. universities. To apply for the Pride Scholarship, you must submit: A scholarship application (via the Student Affairs and [...] More
  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR)
  • The Princeton Prize in Race Relations (PPRR) recognizes and rewards high school students who, through their volunteer activities, have undertaken significant efforts to advance racial equity and understanding in their schools or communities. PPRR operates through 28 Regional Committees and an at-large committee that accepts applications from high school students who live outside the geographic [...] More
  • Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest
  • Students may enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest by submitting an original essay of 500 words or less describing their response to the following question about the North and Middle Fork American River canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area: "What is your personal connection to the American River and its canyons, and how has a current concern, [...] More
  • Red Thread Foundation Scholarship
  • We are a group of women from diverse corners of the world, ranging from Europe to Africa, from Asia to Latin America. We represent former international students, immigrants, and first generation Americans who have benefitted tremendously from the academic and professional support we have received. Now, we are eager to extend mentorship and scholarship support to women who draw strength from a [...] More
  • Rheumatoid Patient Foundation Scholarship Program
  • Application Deadline: 6/2/2023
  • The Rheumatoid Patient Foundation provides financial support to students whose lives have been affected by rheumatoid disease (RD), as they advance their education. Applicants must be U.S. residents applying to a post-secondary/vocational institution or already enrolled at a college or vocational school. Applicant has a confirmed diagnosis of RA or JRA/JIA, or has a parent with such a diagnosis [...] More
  • Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship
  • The American Galvanizers Association's (AGA) Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship is open to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university studying architecture, civil engineering, structural [...] More
  • Ripon College William J. Woolley History Scholarship
  • Dr. Woolley invites all admitted students who have an interest in pursuing history as a major on campus to apply for this scholarship. For consideration as a candidate, you are asked to write Dr. Woolley an essay, no more than two pages in length, indicating your interest in being considered for the award, a description of what led to your interest in history, and any personal extraordinary [...] More
  • River Valley Credit Union Scholarship
  • River Valley Credit Union is proud to help our members with continuing education. Eligible applicants must be a member who's in good standing, be a high school senior, complete an essay of 250 words or less that reflects your ideas about the benefits of your River Valley Credit Union membership and how it will help you in the future, and post a video to River Valley's Facebook page about what [...] More
  • Roller Skating Foundation Scholarship
  • The Roller Skating Foundation will be awarding educational scholarships to six applicants who are roller skating athletes, as well as family members or employees of RSA member rinks and/or RSM member affiliates. Three scholarships in the amounts of $3000, $2000 and $1000 are awarded to high school seniors or those no less than one year out of high school who are family members of Roller Skating [...] More
  • Rose City Scholarship
  • The Rose City Scholarship is for female high school seniors in the Portland Metro Area (Multnomah County) planning to enter a 4 year college or university. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA or 525 GED score. Must submit a typed 500-word essay that addresses your plans for the future and why you should receive our scholarship. Also please submit official high school transcript and/or proof of GED score [...] More
  • RTF Cyber Security Scholarship
  • The Cyber Security scholarship is awarded annually to up to three students who are currently or have attended high school in a rural community. In order to be considered for this scholarship, the applicant must demonstrate an interest in cyber security. The student must also be planning to attend college to pursue a degree in a computer technology related field, or already doing so as part of an [...] More
  • Ruff Ryders of Raleigh Scholarship
  • Each year, we select a deserving high school senior and contribute financially towards their college education by awarding them $1000. This is used towards books, tuition, room and board, etc... If you're interested in applying or know an awesome candidate, please have them apply by downloading, completing, and submitting their application to our organization. You are expected to complete an [...] More
  • Samuel Robinson Award
  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2023
  • Amount: $8,000
  • For more than 200 years, U.S. Presbyterians have responded to the call of Jesus Christ by proclaiming and living out our faith, laboring with love and energy to promote God’s justice in the world. Presbyterian Mission is the national ministry arm of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the largest of the PC(USA)’s six General Assembly agencies. We joyfully partner with congregations, mid [...] More
  • Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association Scholarships
  • Children or grandchildren of a Seabee or Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officer are encouraged to apply to the SMSA Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded base on financial need, academics, student involvement and an essay. Awards are made for two-year, four-year and Career and Technical Education programs. The scholarship is renewable for four years. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More
  • Selby Scholarship
  • Amount: $7,000
  • The Selby Scholarship is available to residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto counties. Applicants must: be graduating seniors from any high school in the aforementioned counties; plan to attend an accredited college and/or university full-time to complete a bachelor’s degree; and be planning to enroll in a state college (Students planning to pursue a 2-year degree only, however, are [...] More
  • SMU Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program
  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2024
  • Amount: $184,000
  • Students selected as Hunt Leadership Scholars for the Class of 2026 will receive an annual Hunt Scholarship of $46,000, or a total of $184,000 over four years. The Hunt Scholarship will replace and supersede any centrally administered merit aid, but Hunt Scholars may also be eligible for additional departmental scholarships or need-based aid for a total scholarship package valued up to the cost [...] More
  • Soozie Courter Hemophilia Scholarship Program
  • Scholarships will be awarded to applicants with hemophilia A or hemophilia B who present the best combination of a creative and persuasive essay, excellent recommendations, and superior academic standing. Applicants must be a U.S. resident attending a school in the U.S. and be a high school senior or graduate, have completed high school or an equivalent (GED), or be currently accepted to (or [...] More
  • Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 3/18/2023
  • Amount: $1,812
  • This year, the tenth annual Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Scholar Award will be given on Flag Day, June 14. The Flag House will award the Flag House Scholarship for $1,812.00 to a Maryland high school senior to put toward the college of their choice. Please read the contest rules and response prompt carefully before submitting your entry. Your essay must be no more than 350 words and must be [...] More
  • Stephen J. Roy Memorial Scholarship
  • Amount: $1,750
  • Stephen Rice Memorial Fund Scholarship for GLBT Media
  • The purpose of the Stephen Rice Memorial Fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a young Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bi, and/or Queer student pursuing a degree in Radio/Television/Film or Journalism. Our fundraising goal is between $50,000 and $75,000, which will enable the fund to be primarily self-­sustaining and provide an annual scholarship of $2,500. The Stephen Rice Memorial Fund is open [...] More
  • Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship
  • The Seattle Public Library Foundation is pleased to host the Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship competition. High school seniors and undergraduate students who live, work, or attend school in Seattle are invited to participate. The competition asks students to write an essay about an individual or group of individuals from Washington state who have demonstrated civic courage on an issue of [...] More
  • SW Neighborhood Assembly’s Education & Scholarship Task Force
  • The SW Neighborhood Assembly’s Education & Scholarship Task Force is available to residents residing in the Zip Code 20024 who wish to pursue or continue pursuing course of study at an accredited undergraduate college, university or technical institution. Scholarships are available for multiple years. Applicants are judged on a number of factors including acceptance to college or [...] More
  • TACTYC Scholarships
  • Teachers of Accounting at Two Year Colleges (TACTYC) is pleased to announce several scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for students majoring in Accounting. Two types of awards are offered - for two year college students transferring to a four-year college, and for two year college students continuing at a two year college. For either award, applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, [...] More
  • The Elie Wiesel Prize In Ethics Essay Contest
  • The Elie Wiesel Foundation keeps the memory of Elie Wiesel alive through funding programs which reflect his most closely held values. We seek to make his teachings widely available through partnerships and technology. For over 30 years, the Foundation’s mission, rooted in the memory of the Holocaust, has been to combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and [...] More
  • The Foundation Scholarship Fund
  • The Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker Scholarship Program was established to help art students whose undergraduate degree includes an emphasis on watercolor or art history/museum studies. Over the course of the application process, students will demonstrate their knowledge of Frederic Whitaker and Eileen Monaghan Whitaker's paintings and history by submitting a short essay or the [...] More
  • The Ike Foundation Scholarship
  • The Ike Foundation awards scholarships to high school seniors pursuing full-time enrollment in a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States. Awards are based on academic achievement, demonstrated volunteer commitment (preferably in the fishing or conservation world), and a personal statement of how fishing has impacted your life and prepared you for college. Must have a 3.2 GPA. [...] More
  • Thomas F. Garrett Negro League Scholarships
  • SABR's Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. Open to any senior attending any college in the upcoming school year. Each scholarship requires an essay, [...] More
  • Thunderbird Alumni Scholarship
  • Thunderbird Scholarships seeks individuals whose global mindset and personal mission align with our own—and we make generous scholarships available to those whose passion for international management, cultures and world relations is seen in both their words and their actions. This merit-based tuition scholarship is designed for competitive applicants who demonstrate above-average academic [...] More
  • TKE International Exchange Scholarship
  • his scholarship was established to deepen the knowledge and foster friendships between members of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and members of the Weinhiem Senior Convent of the German Student Corps. A core objective would be to support exchange visits between members of both groups to the TKE Conclave in the U.S. and respectively to the Weinheimtagung in Germany to enhance inter-oganizational [...] More
  • Tony V. Grey Legacy Scholarship
  • The Tony V. Grey Legacy Scholarship was created by his family and loved ones to memorialize the life, honor the memory, and commemorate the legacy of Tony V. Grey (July 28, 1937 - October 13, 2016). A dedicated family man, navy officer, community leader of Ventura County and proud Filipino...American...Pinoy. The life of Tony Grey went above and beyond just his family and this scholarship award [...] More
  • U.S. Naval Institute Information Warfare Essay Contest
  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2023
  • The Nation’s adversaries and competitors are proving to be formidable in the digital battlespace—using online platforms, social media, malicious code, disinformation, and cyberattacks to undermine elections, steal intellectual property, spy on governments, sow discord, and weaken alliances. Participants can choose to answer one of the following questions or write on another information warfare [...] More
  • Umps Care All-Star College Scholarship
  • The Umps All-Star Scholarship is open to children adopted at or after the age of 13 to provide increased opportunities for advanced education. Each year, one student will be selected to receive the scholarship. This student will be eligible to receive up to $10,000 annually to go towards tuition, books, and other college related expenses. Students must fill out the application, submit a high [...] More
  • University of Maryland President's Scholarship
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Merit scholarships provide financial awards to some of the University of Maryland’s most academically talented incoming students. These competitive awards are based on past academic performance and potential to excel at the university, not financial need. Students who submit their admission application and all required materials by the November 1 early action deadline are automatically reviewed [...] More
  • University of Wisconsin Rath Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 8/23/2023
  • Amount: $30,000
  • The College of Letters & Science considers incoming and continuing students for scholarship opportunities created by the support of our donor friends. The undergraduate scholarships program provides support to students who intend to receive a degree from the College of Letters & Science. With over 65 majors, special degrees in Journalism; Music, Social Work; and Applied Math Engineering and [...] More
  • USPAACC Asian American College Scholarship
  • USPAACC awards high school seniors with college scholarships nationwide every year ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 each. Over 2,500 applications are received annually. This opportunity is made possible by support from major corporations and Asian American businesses. Applicants must be a high school senior of East, South, Southeast Asian, or Pacific Island heritage who is a U.S. Citizen or [...] More
  • Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship
  • Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. Three awards will be given. [...] More
  • Viceroy Auto Trans Scholarship Program
  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2023
  • Scholarships are issued by Viceroy Auto Trans every year for the advancement of educating aspiring students pursuing a positive future through schooling. All scholarship awards will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the school or university or college of the student. Any and all current, full time or part-time students of an accredited or non-accredited institute, truck driver [...] More
  • Virginia Zank Scholarship for Writing Studies
  • The Virginia Zank Scholarship for Writing Studies is offered to students at Missouri Valley College. Applicants must have an ACt score of 21 or higher and/or an SAT score of 976 or higher, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay answering the following prompt: "What do you write? Why do you write? What are your writing goals for college? What are your writing goals after [...] More
  • Watts Humanitarian Scholarship
  • The Watts Humanitarian Scholarship Fund is a non-profit 501c3 corporation that offers a monetary each year award to recognize graduating seniors with potential for service and leadership. Scholarship criteria includes a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average and active involvement in leadership roles in their school and/or community. Preference will be given to students demonstrating [...] More
  • WCA Jo Caldwell Meyer Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 2/11/2024
  • Applicants must: Be a full-time student currently enrolled with a minimum of 12 hours; Have a minimum GPA of 3.0; Have completed minimum of 30 hours of coursework; Demonstrate career commitment in communications or media; Be enrolled in a Central Texas college or university (Central Texas college or university is defined as being located in the 10-county Capital region in Central Texas including [...] More
  • William B. Ruggles Journalist Scholarship
  • The National Institute for Labor Relations Research (NILRR) is a research facility that dedicates itself to providing people with information and resources regarding labor relation policies. We believe that all people have the right to knowledge. More importantly, all people should have the right to choose whether or not they work for a union. Our aim is to provide the general public, scholars, [...] More
  • William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors
  • The William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors is open to seniors who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Winners will be announced in July. Applicants must write a personal statement about why you trust science over faith, and why you think society should do the same. Please include an example of how religious faith has [...] More
  • William Vatavuk Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/5/2023
  • The William Vatavuk Scholarship will be awarded to a deserving high school senior who currently attends a North Carolina high school and plans on attending an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. Students must be a high school senior who has a minimum 3.0 GPA. Three written essays of 400-600 words each are also required; essay prompts can be found on the scholarship [...] More
  • Won Buddhism Chicago Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 4/9/2023
  • Applicants for Won Buddhism of Chicago (WBC) Scholarships must attend schools located in Illinois. Students will be evaluated on the basis of criteria, including academic achievements (through grades, honors, and awards), research paper, extracurricular school activities, financial need, leadership, and community involvements for betterment of society. To be eligible for consideration for a [...] More
  • WSU Hungarian Ancestry Scholarship
  • Application Deadline: 10/7/2023
  • Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship
  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2023
  • The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The $10,000 Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Since the program’s inception in 1938, [...] More

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Top 65 Writing & Essay Scholarships in February 2023

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Writing is an extremely important part of success in high school, college, and life in general. For some students, writing is also an intricate part of who they are and how they express themselves. If you are someone who loves English class and is genuinely excited about a new creative writing assignment, then you should keep reading! Writing scholarships, creative writing scholarships, and essay scholarships are great ways to put your talent to use.

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Kaplun Essay Contest

Offered by The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation

Open to students who write an essay that reflects on their values and Judaism’s contribution to civilization and culture

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minorities

Offered by The United Methodist Church

Open to United Methodist ethnic minority students interested in a journalism or communications undergraduate program.

Sigma Tau Delta Junior Scholarship

Offered by Sigma Tau Delta

Open to college juniors who are passionate about community service, the discipline of English, and its literature.

Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Fountainhead)

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Open to high school juniors and seniors who write an essay on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead.

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Open to students grades 8-12 who submit an essay on a prompt regarding Ayn Rand's Anthem.

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Offered by Rover

Open to students who submit essays incorporating personal stories and thoughts about how pets have helped shape who they are today.

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Offered by Greater than Gatsby

Open to students majoring in photography or another creative, arts, or design related field.

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Easy scholarship open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

JASNA Essay Contest (Jane Austen Society of North America)

Offered by Jane Austen Society of North America

Open to all students who submit an essay on family relations in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

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Offered by HelpTeaching.com

Open to high school & college students who submit a short story or informational article for children.

Ocean Awareness Art Contest

Offered by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Open to middle and high school students who create an unconventional art/think piece addressing climate change.

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Offered by Delete Cyberbullying

High school seniors, college students, community college students, and graduate students who write an essay about cyberbullying.

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Open to high school and college students who write an essay on how Mincraft can positively impact education and career development.

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Open to high school seniors & college students who write an essay about a global impact project that is most important to them.

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Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to high school students in the class of 2024, 2026, and 2026.

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Open to college and graduate students who are interested in business and technology. By applying, you’ll subscribe to Chartr and receive the latest insights in business, tech and society.

Creative writing scholarships

Are you a writer who loves fiction, poetry, and screenplays? If so, you can put those talents to use by applying for creative writing scholarships.

Creative writing scholarships are a subset of writing scholarships that support students who enjoy writing poetry, fictional stories, plays, and generally using their imagination to guide their writing.

Here are the top creative writing college scholarships that you can apply for:

Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest

YouthPLAYS New Voices One-Act Competition for Young Playwrights

National High School Poetry Contest

The Narrative Prize

College-specific creative writing scholarships

Some colleges and universities may also offer specific scholarships and financial aid to students with a talent in creative writing! Check with the colleges on your list for these college-specific creative writing opportunities!

Note that some of these scholarships may have requirements for winning students that stipulate that they take a certain number of creative writing classes when enrolled in the college.

Kenyon Writing Award

High school seniors can apply for this scholarship program at Kenyon College which offers up to $15,000 per year of merit based aid. It is based off of your portfolio and does not take into account financial need, high school GPA, or other factors. Submissions typically have to be in by January of your senior year.

Barbara Caras Memorial Scholarship for Film Students

The scholarship is open to students in Sarasota or Manatee County, Florida who have completed at least one full year at an accredited Florida College and are majoring in Film, Computer Animation, Creative Writing, Motion Design, or Illustration. Five recipients will earn a $2,000 award. The application deadline is July 31st of the current year.

Lycoming College Creative Writing Scholarship

The scholarship is open to students majoring in Creative Writing at Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA and must submit five poems and/or a short story not to exceed ten pages. Six recipients will be selected and can earn up to $3,000. The scholarship deadline for the Fall 2023 Class is March 1, 2023.  

Arkansas Tech University Gwaltney Scholarship

The scholarship is open to ATU students who submit individual works of fiction to the Department of English. Recipients earn a one-time cash award every year. The deadline to submit your entry is 2 weeks before the end of the spring semester.

Lake Forest College Carnegie English Essay Contest

  The contest is open to first-year students of Lake Forest College who plan to study English either through the literature or creative writing track and submit an essay, between 500 and 1,000 words answering a designated prompt. Four winners will be awarded $2,500 annually. Submission deadline is March 1, 2023.

Austin Peay State University Creative Writing Scholarships

The scholarships are open to undergraduate and incoming APSU students who email a 10-20 page manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction, to Lakota Withrow at [email protected] . Awards are for $600 or $1,200. The deadline to apply is March 18th.

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Talented writers can receive free college financial aid by applying for the best essay scholarships. Essay scholarships require writing 250 to 2,000 or more words on an assigned topic. Since creating well-written essays takes awhile, these scholarships often provide bigger prizes. Some essay scholarship winners receive $20,000 or higher amounts to afford their university tuition. The following article lists 30 great essay scholarships where writing skills pay off.

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1. Lou Manzione Scholarships


The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association (AAHA) honors the late Hudson Catholic High School coach by awarding two $1,000 Lou Manzione Scholarships each Spring. Interested applicants must submit an application, transcript, SAT score, coach recommendation, and college acceptance letter by February 1st. Registered USA Hockey members must also write a 500-word original essay about hockey’s positive effects on their personal development.

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2. ABA Foundation Diversity Scholarship

Founded in 1926, the American Bus Association (ABA) Foundation offers the $5,000 Diversity Scholarship to empower minority and non-traditional students entering the travel industry. Preference is given to individuals working full- or part-time for ABA-member bus companies. Scholarship entries require a 500-word, well-written essay on how applicants’ career goals will advance tourism transportation. Essays are accepted from December 5th to April 2nd.

3. AEL Collegiate Essay Competition Scholarships

Located in Malibu, the Pepperdine University Libraries uses funding from the Americanism Educational Leaders (AEL) to run the Collegiate Essay Competition each Summer. Three essay scholarships worth $1,000, $1,500, and $2,500 are available. Entrants must craft a patriotic essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words about the meaningful ways diversity betters American life. Essays with a proper MLA- or Chicago-style citation bibliography are due on June 30th.

4. America’s 911 Foundation College Scholarships

Since 2001, America’s 911 Foundation Inc. has conferred 15 College Scholarships for $2,000 apiece to aid the dependent children of first responders. Biological or adopted children of police officers, firefighters, paramedics, dispatchers, park rangers, and correctional officers qualify. Applicants must submit a 500-word, proofread essay on the importance of America’s 911 Foundation by March 9th. Writing in 12-point New Roman Times or Arial font is required.

5. Ashley Soulé Conroy Scholarships

The Ashley Soulé Conroy Foundation has 1,761 donors worldwide who’ve funded 37 scholarships since 2006 to help college students study abroad across 27 countries. Each term, up to three $4,000 essay scholarship winners are announced on December 30th and August 1st. Applicants must submit a digital transcript, current resume, and signed FAFSA form. These accompany the 800-word autobiographical essay about a defining moment in one’s life.

6. BBB of Delaware Student Ethics Essay Scholarship

Sponsored by M&T Bank, the Better Business Bureau Foundation of Delaware hosts the Student Ethics Essay Scholarship contest to provide two $2,500 prizes yearly. College-bound seniors must write a 500-word, single-spaced essay about how the BBB can compete in today’s digital age. Typed essays are objectively judged “blind” based on creativity and business acumen. Students must also submit a transcript and personal statement by January 9th.

7. CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has an April 30th deadline to pursue the $3,000 CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship. Black students who live in CBC members’ districts and pursue careers in fine arts, design, architecture, and video production should apply. Two brief, 250-word essays are required to discuss issues in the African-American community that art can solve. Entrants must upload five original artwork samples on Google Drive or DropBox too.

See also: 35 Great Scholarships for Design Majors

8. Clarkson Scholars Program

Clarkston Consulting funds the Clarkson Scholars Program to provide the best essay scholarships for STEM majors that are worth $5,000 annually for $10,000 total. Future scientists must apply during their second undergraduate year by January 15th. Applications must include a current university transcript, faculty or advisor recommendation letter, and two 500-word essays about the biotech industry. Finalists must attend an in-person Philadelphia interview.

9. Daughters of the Cincinnati Scholarships

Incorporated in 1894, the Daughters of the Cincinnati is a group of female Revolutionary War descendants that offers a four-year, renewable essay scholarship for up to $20,000 total. By March 15th, interested essayists must write 500+ words about their experience being the child of a career Armed Forces officer. The society also requests a high school transcript, Student Aid Report (SAR), college acceptance letter, and recommendation form.

10. Don’t Mess With Texas Scholarships

Keep Texas Beautiful partners with iHeart Media and the Astros Foundation to present three Don’t Mess With Texas Scholarships each year for $3,000 to $5,000 apiece. These eco-friendly essay scholarships reward U.S. citizens in Texas for cleaning up littered waste. Since 1986, the program has selected winners based on 350-word essays about litter prevention solutions. Entrants must also submit photo documentation and a video interview about their project.

11. FRA Americanism Essay Contest Scholarships

The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) upholds its motto of “Loyalty, Protection, and Service” by holding the Americanism Essay Contest. Essay scholarships worth $1,000, $1,500, $2,500, and $5,000 plus achievement plaques are awarded to top contenders. Before December 1st, entrants must upload a 350-word essay about what voting will mean to them. Entry forms signed with parental consent must be submitted through a sponsoring FRA branch or unit.

12. Helen Gee Chin Scholarships

Since 2011, the Helen Gee Chin Scholarship Foundation has bestowed $100,000 to 49 recipients across 17 states to reward martial arts achievement. Current or incoming undergrads proficient in Kung Fu, Wu Shu, and Tai Chi can receive up to $3,000. Applications are due June 15th with an official transcript and instructor recommendation letter. Candidates also write 500-word essays about how martial arts has positively impacted their lives.

13. John Fischetti Scholarship

Named for a Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Sun Times editorial cartoonist, the John Fischetti Scholarship is granted by the Joint Civic Committee on Italian Americans. Each $2,000 award goes toward tuition for four-year bachelor’s in journalism, media, writing, broadcasting, and similar fields. Interested students must type up a 500-word essay about the portrayal of Italian Americans in media. Applications with a photo and transcript must arrive by April 30th.

14. Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship

Founded by Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1975, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition delivers the $2,500 Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship to student members who excel despite adversity. Funding is renewable each August for up to five undergraduate years. Applicants submit two references, proof of enrollment, service-learning documentation, and a transcript by August 31st. Students are judged primarily on 500-word essays about their challenging pursuit of excellence.

15. Life Lessons Scholarship Program

From February 1st to March 1st each year, Life Happens runs the Life Lessons Scholarship Program to award $200,000 total to young adults who’ve faced adversity. Entrants write 500-word essays or record three-minute video essays about the impact of their parent’s death. Students must address the role of life insurance on their grieving family’s finances. Essays must be 100 percent original and submitted digitally to the Arlington-based nonprofit.

16. Mainely Character Scholarships

Conceived by Arnold Bushner in 2001, the Mainely Character Scholarship Foundation grants great essay scholarships to “Pine Tree State” residents based on their moral character. The Foundation has awarded $161,000 overall to 49 recipients of scholarships worth $1,250 to $5,000 each. Interested Mainers can submit 500-word essays about their exemplary attributes until March 1st. Semi-finalists are contacted for an in-person or virtual interview.

17. Millie Brother Scholarships

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) International Inc. offers two $3,000 Millie Brother Scholarships each year to financially bolster the children of hearing impaired or deaf parents. Eligible entrants complete the online application process from May 1st to June 30th. The application checklist includes two recommendation letters and a high school or college transcript. Students also submit two-page, double-spaced essays in PDF format about their life experiences and goals.

18. Harvey Nudelman Scholarship

The Network of Executive Women in Hospitality (NEWH) partners with Fabricut Contract and FR-One to provide the $5,000 Harvey Nudelman Scholarship each Fall. It’s intended for aspiring hospitality interior designers who’ve completed at least 60 credits in postsecondary education. Applications received by October 3rd must have a two-page, double-spaced essay about students’ hospitality dreams. Winners also receive free trips to the HD EXPO in Las Vegas.

19. Regions Riding Forward Scholarships

Regions Financial Corporation celebrates Black History Month by hosting the Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest with prizes worth $3,500 to $5,000. Entrants must live near Regions Bank branches in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas. Entrants of all ethnicities write 500-word essays about an African-American who inspires them by February 28th.

20. Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship

For $500 to $1,000, the California Association of WInegrape Growers (CAWG) Foundation presents the Bob Miller Memorial Scholarship to future viticulturists. Preference is given to students at Alan Hancock Community College and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Qualifying entrants have until March 6th to write 500-word essays about their determination to succeed in winemaking. Online applications need a transcript, SAT/ACT score, and recommendation too.

21. Rosa Parks Scholarships

Opened by Detroit Public Schools in 1980, the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation has provided more than $2 million to nearly 1,200 essay scholarship winners. College-bound seniors across the “Wolverine State” can apply until March 1st. Entrants must write 200-300 words about a current social injustice they’re working to resolve as Rosa Parks would. Completed applications will also have an official transcript and two recommendations.

22. Samuel Robinson Awards

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) bestows several Samuel Robinson Awards for $2,000 to $7,500 apiece to faithful congregants who excel in Biblical study. Only upperclassmen at Presbyterian institutions, such as Agnes Scott College, Rhodes College, and Whitworth University, can apply. Three deadlines of June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st are listed. Entries must include a 2,000-word theological essay to be reviewed by committee chaplains.

23. Selby Foundation Scholarships

Endowed for $73.1 million, the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation in Sarasota awards great essay scholarships to nearby Florida residents based on merit and need. Recipients who maintain “B” averages or better with 12+ credits per semester qualify for up to $7,000 annually. First-time Selby Scholars must apply between January 1st and April 25th to score the semi-finalist interview. Thoughtful, well-written essays about students’ personal values and goals are also read.

24. Native American Community Scholar Awards

The Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Fellowships & Internships offers the Native American Community Scholars Awards to indigenous students undertaking field research projects. Recipients earn $175 daily for a maximum of 21 days and up to $3,675 in total. Unlike most essay scholarships, this program requires a two-page research proposal. Students must also submit a resume or curriculum vitae with two references by February 1st and October 1st deadlines.

25. Maxwell Foundation Scholarships

Named for the late Blyth & Co. manager in 1968, the Edmund F. Maxwell Foundation provides renewable $5,000 scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors for $20,000 total. It’s reserved for “Evergreen State” residents in the Greater Seattle and Puget Sound areas. Entrants must file before May 15th with a 500-word autobiographical essay. Don’t forget to attach academic transcripts, test results, recommendations, and the financial aid worksheet.

26. Florence Madden Grady-Fasick Scholarships

The Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP) bestows five $2,000 Florence Madden Grady-Fasick Scholarships annually to support the Keystone State’s future nurses. Currently enrolled students in diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral nursing programs can apply. Before March 30th, entrants must send signed applications with a transcript and two references. Answering two of four questions with typed, one-page essay responses is also mandatory.

27. Mike Molino College Scholarships

Headquartered in Fairfax, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) awards the Mike Molino College Scholarships for $2,500 each Summer to empower the next generation. Students who aspire for full-time employment in the RV industry should file before July 7th. Applications are incomplete without a recent transcript, resume, FAFSA form, and digital photo. These essay scholarships require up to 500 words about candidates’ career objectives too.

28. Pinnacol Foundation Scholarships

From November 1st to February 15th, the Pinnacol Foundation accepts applicants for college scholarships that average $4,700 apiece. Funding goes to the biological and adopted children of Colorado-based employees who were injured or killed while working. Entrants between 16 and 25 years old must write personal essays about the impact of their parent’s injury or death. Unofficial transcripts, FAFSA aid reports, and workers’ compensation documents are requested.

29. Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships

The Vegetarian Resource Group is a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides one $10,000 and two $5,000 scholarships each Spring to healthy eating advocates. College-bound seniors who abstain from meat, fish, poultry, and other animal products are welcome to apply. Entry forms are due February 20th with a recent report card and 3+ recommendation letters. The VRG also lists 16 guiding questions for applicants to create a personal essay about vegetarianism.

See also: 30 Great Schools Promoting Healthy Living on Campus

30. Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) allocates $1.9 million to run the Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship contest for students in grades 9-12. High schoolers compete with nearly 52,000 other applicants for essay scholarships of $1,000 to $30,000. Students must apply by October 31st by writing an original essay about the country our Founding Fathers envisioned. Entrants record themselves reading the up to five-minute essay on a CD.

Applying for essay scholarships isn’t a quick endeavor that anyone can finish in 20 minutes. Take time to write, proofread, and edit scholarship essays. Winning scholarship essays are completely free of typos and syntax mistakes. Use software like Grammarly to double-check essay submissions. Ensure the essay focuses on the required topic with honesty and clarity. Dare to be different and share unique perspectives. Impress judges with real-life examples and cited sources. These tips will help earn the best essay scholarships and free tuition money.

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About essay scholarships .

Essay-based scholarships are the most common and traditional form of scholarships available to students pursuing higher education. Though essay scholarships may seem intimidating at first glance, this type of scholarship can be invaluable to students looking to earn money through scholarships. 

An essay scholarship is a financial aid opportunity that requires students to write a short statement in order to apply. No-essay scholarships, on the other hand, do not require written statements as part of the application process. 

Students tend to gravitate towards no-essay scholarships, as they are easier to apply to in regards to both time and effort. While no-essay scholarships are a great resource as well, students should consider applying to a mix of both no-essay and essay scholarships to have the best chances of winning. 

Since fewer students take the time to apply for essay scholarships, there is less competition for them. This means that students that do apply for essay scholarships will often have higher chances of winning money than students who exclusively apply for no-essay scholarships.

Though no-essay scholarships can save time in the application process, they typically attract a large number of applicants. Both college students and high school students will usually face more competition with this type of scholarship. 

In many cases, it isn’t as difficult to apply for essay scholarships as college students imagine. The written statement is often quite short and usually hovers around 400-600 words. That’s around a page of writing or even a little less. There are even many opportunities that require even shorter essays, such as 100-300 words!

If that still sounds daunting, remember that essay scholarships will provide a prompt to write on. Most scholarships will focus on a certain aspect of a student’s life. For example, a mental health awareness scholarship might ask students to write about their personal struggles with mental health and how they have overcome those challenges in pursuit of a better education. 

Similarly, major-based scholarships, like STEM or arts scholarships, often ask students to write about why they chose to study that particular field. Typically, no additional research needs to be done to write the essay portion of the application. In nearly all cases, donors simply want to hear about who the applicant is. 

To write the essay scholarship, students only need to draw on their personal experiences or life goals to show the donor who they are as a person. High school students might focus more on their goals for the future, while undergraduate and graduate students might talk about their current studies. 

Whatever the case, both high school students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, should focus on showcasing their talents, goals, and personality in the essay. The more detailed and unique an essay is, the easier it is for the donor to feel a connection with you, making your application stand out from the competition.

Essay scholarships are available to students of all ages and all grade levels. College students and high school students alike can apply for essay scholarships. As long as the scholarship allows applicants of your grade level, you can apply.

Though some essay scholarship prompts may seem better suited towards one age group than another, students should still apply as long as they are eligible. For example, a scholarship that asks applicants to write about their major and why they chose it might seem easier to answer as a college student. 

However, if high school students are eligible, they can likely answer the prompt by writing about their intended major. Both high school students and college students should be able to write most scholarship essays.

The purpose of the essay scholarship is to allow the donor to get a better view of the applicant, so make sure to add personality and detail to your essays. You can also check out  this guide  on writing scholarship essays for exclusive tips!

Best essay scholarships

 The majority of scholarships available are essay-based, so there are plenty of opportunities to choose from. Each scholarship has its own benefits, so it's important to apply for a variety of scholarship opportunities. The highest-value scholarships can be the most helpful when paying your tuition, but they often receive the most competition as a result. To have the best chances of winning, consider smaller scholarships with fewer eligible applicants.

Essay scholarships for high school students

There are plenty of high school scholarships available for students of all grade levels. Additionally, high school students can apply for scholarships specific to their grade level.

Essay scholarships for high school freshmen 

Freshman year is the earliest students can begin applying for scholarships, meaning that applicants who start as high school freshmen can get ahead of the game. The earlier you start applying, the longer you'll have to earn college funding. The following scholarships are a great place for high school freshmen to begin their search!

Essay scholarships for high school sophomores

There are also plenty of scholarship opportunities for high school sophomores who are looking to get a jump on their scholarship applications. The scholarships below are a great way for sophomores to get started!

Essay scholarships for high school juniors

As upperclassmen, high school juniors have even more scholarships available to them than freshmen and sophomores. In addition to scholarships open to all high school students, juniors can also apply for scholarships exclusively open to juniors and seniors. Check out the list below and start applying!

Essay scholarships for high school seniors

Senior year of high school is one of the most popular times to apply for scholarships. As a result, there are many scholarships created specifically for high school seniors. Since other grade levels can't apply, there are often fewer eligible applicants for senior scholarships, giving you a better chance of winning! You can check out the scholarships below to begin applying. 

Essay scholarships for college students

While it's great to start securing scholarship funding in high school, it's never too late to apply! There are plenty of scholarships for those currently in college, such as those listed below.

Essay scholarships for graduate students

Many graduate students aren't aware of all of the scholarships available to them, meaning that many miss out on available financial aid. If you're a graduate student, consider applying for the scholarships below!

Essay scholarships for international students 

International students are often left behind when it comes to earning financial aid. With fewer government resources available, international students pursuing their degrees in the US may have unmet financial needs. The following scholarships for international students in the US are a great place to start!

Essay scholarships for women 

Many scholarship donors aim to help underrepresented or disadvantaged students, such as racial minorities, low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, or women. If you're a female student, consider applying for the following scholarships!

Frequently asked questions about essay scholarships 

How do i win essay scholarships.

The most important part of the essay application is simply finishing it. Many high school students and college students won’t even bother to apply for essay scholarships. As a result, just turning in an application that meets all of the requirements and answers the prompt places you ahead of a good chunk of your peers. 

Still, it’s good to fine-tune your scholarship essays and make sure you turn in your best work. There are several steps students can take in order to take their scholarship essays to the next level. Click here to read our full guide on how to write a scholarship essay .

First, make sure your essay stays on topic and answers the prompt. Don’t get sidetracked by tangential experiences. Read the question carefully and make an outline of what you want to write before you start writing. This can help make sure your essay is focused and coherent. Make a list of what points you want to include in your answer and in what order. Then, make sure to stick to those points.

One important point is to make sure you maintain your basic writing skills. If grammar is something you struggle with on occasion, make a plan to catch any mistakes you might make. Using a tool like Grammarly or Microsoft Word’s spell check can be very helpful in making sure no minor errors are made. You can also try reading your essay out loud, or asking a friend to look it over. Sometimes two pairs of eyes are better than one. 

Another way to elevate your essay is to open with a hook. Perhaps you have a funny story about your academic experiences that relates to the question asked. Or, you could retell the moment you decided to pursue your current major. Any impactful experience you’ve had that relates to the question asked can be a good way to open your essay. 

Opening with a hook makes your essay more memorable and makes the reader want to keep reading. If your essay sounds generic or uninspired, the donor may pass you over for someone else. Making your essay personal and engaging is a key way to make an impact on your reader and stand out from other competitors. 

Most of the time, when a donor includes an essay question, it’s because they’re looking for a specific type of student. Many donors favor students that are driven, motivated, and willing to work hard to achieve their dreams. Look carefully at the prompt for hints on what qualities the donors are looking for. 

An essay question that asks about a student’s struggle with finances, for example, is likely looking for a high school student or college student that has worked hard to pursue education despite the challenges they faced. A prompt that asks students to talk about their chosen major is likely looking for a student that is inspired and has a special interest in their field. 

A mix of your personal experiences, academic interests, and goals for the future are usually good points to work into your essay. It’s important to both answer the question clearly and help the donor understand who you are as a person. 

How do I apply for scholarships? 

Applying for scholarships is not as difficult as it seems. Most applications give clear instructions and are easy to complete. A good place to start is finding a scholarship search resource that works for you. 

One easily accessible way to find scholarships is through your school. For high school students, the guidance office may be able to connect you with scholarship opportunities. College students, including graduate students, will want to talk to their financial aid office instead. 

The advantage of finding scholarships through your school is that the financial aid or guidance office may be able to find opportunities specifically made for your school. This means the competition pool will be much smaller as you will only be competing with your classmates. 

As for how high school students and college students can apply for these opportunities, the instructions will likely depend on that specific school’s process for applying. Administrators in the financial aid or guidance office will be able to guide students through the application process. 

An alternative is using online platforms to search for and apply for scholarships. High school students and college students alike will benefit from this method, as online platforms typically allow students to apply for multiple scholarships at once. Making a free profile with  Bold.org , for example, will allow high school students and college students to quickly apply with just one click to no-essay scholarships. 

Creating a profile with online scholarship platforms allows the site to submit applications on your behalf. In addition, the information stored in the profile can be used to help find more relevant scholarship search results for each student’s needs.

For example, high school students will automatically be barred from applying to scholarships that only look at college students, and vice versa. This can help save some time and ensure students don’t waste their efforts applying for scholarships that will not consider them. 

In order to apply for a scholarship on an online platform, students simply need to create a free profile and find the scholarships they want to apply for. Their information will be sent to the donors for review. 

If there is an essay requirement, students must prepare a written statement ahead of time. Students can then paste their essays into the application on the online platform. The essay will be submitted along with the student’s personal information from their profile. 

When can I start applying? 

High school students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, can apply whenever they like. Very few scholarships exist for students below the high school level, and while some opportunities are available to recent college graduates, most are for those still in school. 

Students at any level between high school and graduate school can start to apply for scholarships at any time. High school seniors are the group of high school students that will likely have the easiest time finding scholarships they can apply for. Many donors looking to create opportunities at the high school level view high school seniors as the demographic most concerned with generating funding for college. 

Winning scholarship money while still in high school can help students in their college search. Getting an idea of how much money you will be able to spend on college is a good way to narrow down your search for the perfect school for you. In addition, winning scholarship money might make it possible for high school students to attend a college they previously thought would be too expensive. 

As a result, starting to apply for scholarships as a high school senior or junior would be a reasonable time to begin. 

Applying earlier is typically better than applying for scholarships later on. This is simply because starting to find and apply to scholarships earlier will allow students more time to apply, get their results back, and apply again. The more this cycle is repeated, the more money students typically make. 

Remember that not every scholarship you apply to will yield positive results. Therefore, applying to as many scholarships as possible will increase the possibility that a few of those applications will win. 

However, there’s nothing wrong with trying to find scholarships even before your senior year in high school. In addition, starting to apply as an undergraduate student or a graduate student is completely fine as well. There are many opportunities made specifically for college students, many of which include graduate students as well. 

It may seem counterintuitive to start applying for scholarships after committing to a college. However, winning scholarship money can help not just with creating a budget for college, but also with the expenses of continuing your college education. Each new semester means new textbooks and new school supplies, for example. 

In addition, college is a path to many educational opportunities that are usually not available to high school students. For example, many college students study abroad, whether as undergraduate students or graduate students. Saving up some scholarship money for the costs of continuing your education and taking advantage of college opportunities like studying abroad can be very helpful. 

How do I know if I’m eligible for a scholarship?

Every scholarship posting will clearly state its requirements, so be sure to read the entire description. Remember that your efforts may be wasted if you do not fit the criteria for a certain scholarship. No matter how much you excel in school, you cannot win a scholarship that you are not eligible for. 

Scholarships often tend towards very general requirements or more exclusive requirements. General scholarships are often open to students of any major and any grade level, meaning the vast majority of students will be able to apply.

Exclusive scholarships, on the other hand, are made for a more specific purpose. For example, the donor of an exclusive scholarship might want to use their money to uplift indigenous students in the medical field. As a result, the scholarship might only accept applicants that are indigenous students and focused on nursing or medicine. Students that do not match these criteria will not be considered. 

Some common restricting factors in exclusive scholarships are education level, demographic, income level, academic interest, and GPA. An exclusive scholarship might restrict the applicant pool by all or some of these criteria. 

Certain opportunities might be open to graduate students only, and not high school students or undergraduate students. Some scholarships might require students to study a particular major, such as graphic design. A more general scholarship might use an umbrella term, like the humanities, instead of a specific major. Whatever the case, be sure you have carefully read each of the requirements before applying. 

Many exclusive scholarships will be specific enough that most students will not be able to apply. For example, a scholarship open only to Asian American molecular biology graduate students will receive a lower volume of applications than a scholarship available to all STEM majors. 

However, there’s no need to get discouraged if you find it difficult to locate an exclusive scholarship that matches your needs. The multitude of scholarship opportunities available on sites like  Bold.org  means that there is a scholarship for everyone. New scholarships are created and added each day, meaning students who continuously look for and apply to scholarships are more likely to find relevant opportunities. 

In addition, it’s a good idea to apply for both general and exclusive scholarships. This helps students cast a wider net and hopefully increase their chances of winning money. 

What do I have to do to apply?

The application process for most scholarships is fairly simple, especially if students choose to apply through an online platform. 

Sometimes, the most difficult part of applying for a scholarship is simply qualifying, especially if there are many requirements. Once students find opportunities that match their needs, very little action is required.

Students will need to send some of their personal information to the donor to confirm they match the criteria listed. This is often done automatically through online platforms, or students may need to fill out a form through the appropriate school office if the scholarship is not listed online. 

If the scholarship does not require an essay, then that’s all you need to do. If the scholarship does require a personal statement, then that will be the second and final part of the application. 

The essay question, as we’ve covered, can appear intimidating but is usually answered in a page or less. Since donors simply want to hear about you as a person and your academic pursuits, staying honest and true to yourself is usually the best way to tackle the essay. 

It’s not necessary in most cases to do more research to answer the essay question. Sharing personal experiences that relate to the question can be a good way to start. Students should already have all the information they need to answer the question. The only thing left is presenting that information and any personal experiences in an orderly, coherent manner. 

To summarize, scholarships are relatively low-stress to apply to. Students will only need to submit their personal information and write a short personal essay about themselves to be considered.

Are scholarships counted as income? 

Typically, scholarships are not counted as income. 

Scholarships will remain tax-free as long as the scholarship money is used for necessary educational expenses. Necessary educational expenses include tuition fees, textbook and equipment fees, mandatory course fees, and mandatory enrollment fees. It’s important to note that housing and travel expenses do not count as necessary educational expenses. 

In other words, if failing to pay an expense would obstruct your ability to graduate with a degree, that expense likely qualifies as a necessary educational expense. 

In addition, the following requirements must be met for your scholarship money to be considered tax-free. First, the total money earned from all essay scholarships cannot be greater than the total amount your university or college charges you for your education. This rarely happens and is usually not a problem for most students. 

Secondly, the recipient of the essay scholarship money must be currently completing a degree at an accredited college or university. Third, the money cannot be given in exchange for a service or job provided. Scholarship money is not a payment or a salary; it is gift aid that is given to a student to help them pay for college. 

Lastly, the money cannot be marked for other expenses such as room and board (which are not necessary educational expenses). Typically, donors will not stipulate how the money should be spent, so this is rarely an issue. 

The most important part of the essay application is simply finishing it. Many high school students and college students won’t even bother to apply for essay scholarships. As a result, just turning in an application that meets all of the requirements and answers the prompt places you ahead of a good chunk of your peers. Still, it’s good to fine-tune your scholarship essays and make sure you turn in your best work. There are several steps students can take in order to take their scholarship essays to the next level. Click here to read our full guide on how to write a scholarship essay.

Applying for scholarships is not as difficult as it seems. Most applications give clear instructions and are easy to complete. A good place to start is finding a scholarship search resource that works for you. One easily accessible way to find scholarships is through your school. For high school students, the guidance office may be able to connect you with scholarship opportunities. College students, including graduate students, will want to talk to their financial aid office instead.

High school students, as well as undergraduate and graduate students, can apply whenever they like. Very few scholarships exist for students below the high school level, and while some opportunities are available to recent college graduates, most are for those still in school. Students at any level between high school and graduate school can start to apply for scholarships at any time. High school seniors are the group of high school students that will likely have the easiest time finding scholarships they can apply for. Many donors looking to create opportunities at the high school level view high school seniors as the demographic most concerned with generating funding for college.

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Pursuing a college education can be expensive. But there are many ways to help pay for college. Students can look into grants, financial aid, student loans, and more. But scholarships are some of the best ways to fund your college education.

There are thousands of scholarships up for grabs each year. Each has its own eligibility requirements. One of the easiest kinds of scholarships to win are essay scholarships. These scholarships are perfect for those who enjoy writing. 

But what if you don’t particularly like to write? You can still win some cash for school if you consider yourself a decent writer. Spending an hour or two writing a scholarship essay can pay off big! We’ve even included an easy guide to writing scholarship essays at the end of this article to help you out. 

There are many scholarship essay contests available each year. The scholarship winners can take home prizes anywhere between $100 to $10,000 or more. So if college seems unaffordable right now, below is a list of 30 scholarship essay opportunities worth trying.

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1. better business bureau ethical torch essay scholarship.

The Better Business Bureau offers high school students the annual Ethical Torch Essay Scholarships. The main goal of the essay scholarships is to award young individuals for making ethical decisions. High school students can apply for this scholarship by writing an essay about themselves. In it, they must describe different ways they have used ethics and integrity in their own lives. 

The essay scholarships contest is open only to high school students in three regions. These include San Diego and Imperial County, Orange County, California, and Greater Arizona.

Five individuals will be awarded scholarships for their essays. Prizes range from $1,500 (first place) to $500 (fifth place).

2. Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

The Bird Dog Foundation offers annual essay scholarships to high school seniors pursuing higher education. They are awarded to several deserving high school seniors. This scholarship essay aims to create admiration among young people for field and outdoor sports like hunting and fishing. It is only open to high school students in the 12th grade who are getting ready to go to college.

Students must be residents of Arkansas, Tennessee, or Mississippi. And they must be affiliated with a bird dog club or field trial association in any U.S. state. The first-place winner will receive $2,000. The second-place winner will receive $1,500. And the third-place winner will receive $1,000. Each scholarship award will be paid to the college or university where the student is registered to attend.

3. Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy offers three essay scholarships. They are for individuals who need assistance paying for their college tuition. The essay topic is typically based on American court cases regarding alcohol policy. The writer must compile an essay on what they think is necessary to resolve the case. The three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 toward their tuition. In addition, all three winners will be invited to the Center for Alcohol Policy’s Alcohol Law and Policy Conference. At the conference, they will be presented as speakers, where they will read their essays aloud to the attendees.

4. Fleet Reserve Association Americanism Essay Contest

Each year, the Fleet Reserve Association features an essay contest. This one is for junior high and high-school participants. Students are required to write 350 words on Americanism and patriotism. The essay scholarships aims to stimulate young people’s pride and support of America. Students will compete locally, regionally, and nationally. 

Each grade has three national winners, with one grand national winner among all grades. The top national winner will receive $5,000. In addition, the first-place winner in each grade will be awarded $2,500. The second-place winner in each grade will be awarded $1,500, and the third-place winner in each grade will be awarded $1,000.

5. Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives Essay Contest, George Watt Prize

Since 1998, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives has offered a yearly essay contest celebrating George Watt. Mr. Watt was a great writer and activist who helped create the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. Students around the globe are eligible to participate in this contest. The topics to write about can change periodically. However, the most popular essay topics include various aspects of the Spanish Civil War. The contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

There will be three pre-college winners, one undergraduate winner, and one graduate winner. All winners’ essays of the essay contest scholarships will be published. The pre-college winners will receive $250. The college students will receive $500, and the graduate winner will receive $1,000.

6. American Backflow Prevention Association ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay

The American Backflow Prevention Association has an annual essay scholarship contest. The organization founded this opportunity more than two decades ago. The name of the competition is the ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Essay . The award is aimed at students interested in managing cross-contamination and preventing backflow. This helps to minimize the risks of dangerous bacteria and chemicals moving into the water. The essay topic changes yearly, but the goal is to educate individuals and bring attention to maintaining safe and pure drinking water. The contest is open to high school students only. The winner will be presented with $1,500 toward their college tuition.

7. Herrman & Herrmann Innovation Scholarship Essay

Herrman and Herrmann provides an Innovation Scholarship Contest annually. Students are encouraged to be creative and to send their entries in as poems, essays, art pieces, videos, or songs. The topic is on a community service project that brought positive changes to your community. It must have inspired your growth or altered your future plans and goals in some way. After finishing the creative piece, individuals must also write a 300-word essay. The topic will be about a teacher who inspired their creativity. 

High school students in 11th and 12th grades may apply for these essay scholarships. Undergraduate college students in the United States may also apply for this scholarship. Graduate students are not eligible. There will be three winners in Texas and three winners across the country. First place essays will be awarded $2,500. Second place essays will be awarded $1,500, and third place essays will be awarded $1,000. In addition, the teachers featured in the first-place winners’ essays will also receive $1,000.

8. Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship

Invensis offers the Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship . Invensis is a global outsourcing services company. Students in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia may compete for this scholarship. Topics may change each year. However, the most recent topic was “How robotic automation is shaping the future of business process outsourcing.” Each applicant will be required to write at least 600 words or more. The contest is open to undergraduate students from ages 18 to 26. Graduate students are not eligible for this contest. The winner will receive $500. And their essay will be featured on the company’s website, social media, and blog.

9. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The Profile in Courage Contest is conducted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum . These essay scholarships are meant for high school students in the United States. Students will write about the political bravery of an American elected official during or after 1917. Incidentally, this was John F. Kennedy’s birth year. The winner will be awarded $10,000, and the second-place runner-up will be awarded $3,000. In addition, five finalists will receive $1,000, and the eight semifinalists will each receive $100.

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10. Margaret Mary Missar/John Carroll Society Scholarship

The John Carroll Society has provided essay scholarships since 1997. Students can be freshmen, sophomores, or high school juniors. Applicants for these essay scholarship contests must be enrolled in Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. proper. Applicants must write an essay about a topic chosen by the John Carroll Society. Typically, the focus is on a subject that requires the student to give deeper consideration to their faith. 

The first-place winner will be granted a scholarship of $2,000. The second-place winner will be awarded a scholarship of $1,000. Finally, there will be two or three third-place winners chosen. They will receive scholarships of $500 each. In addition, ten applicants will receive mentions for their essays and scholarships of $100 each. The first-place winner’s essay will be published in the Catholic Standard.

Related: Do Online Colleges Usually Require an Admissions Essay?

11. Asbestos.com Essay Scholarship

Asbestos.com is an organization of The Mesothelioma Center . They provide $5,000 in scholarship money for essays. Students must be willing to write and bring awareness to the issue of cancers caused by asbestos. Applicants will be required to write an essay with 750-1,500 words on the topic of mesothelioma. The winner’s essay will be presented on the asbestos.com scholarship page and social media accounts. 

The first-place winner will be awarded $3,000 toward their tuition, and the second-place winner will be awarded $2,000 toward their education. In addition, each winner must be able to show an official college transcript from their school. These scholarships essay contests are for college students 18 years of age or older who are enrolled in a full-time U.S. institution. This also applies to high school students getting ready to attend college.

12. Negative Population Growth Essay Scholarship

Negative Population Growth awards essay scholarships every year. Only high school students and undergraduate college students can earn these essay scholarships. Essay topics are generally about a population-related challenge. The applicant must provide a recommendation on how they would solve the specific challenge. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 toward tuition, and the second-place winner will receive $2,500 toward tuition. In addition, several other applicants will receive $1,000 and $1500 scholarships.

13. Optimist International Essay Contest

Optimist International offers an annual essay scholarship contest. It is open to individuals under the age of 19 who are not yet college students. The scholarship’s objective is to spark young people’s interest in writing about the world they live in. Each applicant can write about their own experiences, the experience of the country they reside in, or a piece of history that relates to the topic. 

Topics are different each year. The most recent topic was “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Each essay submission will compete at the club level first. They will then move onto the district level if their essay is considered one of the top. The district-level winner will be awarded a scholarship of $2,500.

14. Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay

Regions.com features an annual scholarship essay competition. These essay scholarships aim to help provide financial assistance to individuals planning to pursue a college education. However, it is also open to those who are already college students. The essay topic recognizes black history month. It can be about any African American who was inspirational to your life, experiences, and goals. The word count is 500 words or less. 

High school seniors who live in a state with a Regions branch may be awarded a $5,000 scholarship if they win. And college students who live in a state with a Regions branch may be awarded a scholarship of $3,500 if they win. There will be 15 high school seniors and 15 college students who will receive scholarships.

15. Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest

The Ayn Rand Institute is dedicated to the remembrance of Ayn Rand, a best-selling Russian American writer. For over three decades, the institute has provided a contest for students to win scholarship money for college. The essays are typically based on Ayn Rand’s novels, and the main goal is to encourage students to learn about her wisdom, knowledge, and writing. 

There are different essay topics for high school students and college students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. With these ssay scholarships, you may be able to win between $25 and $25,000.

16. Vegetarian Resource Group Essay Scholarship

The Vegetarian Resource Group offers essay scholarships for high school seniors in the United States. The contest is for students who have encouraged their schools or communities to engage in vegetarianism. There will be two $5,000 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship awarded. If your essay wins, it will become the Vegetarian Resource Group’s property. And your name will be given to the media to acknowledge your outstanding work.

17. Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contest

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) offers a Patriot’s Pen Youth Essay Contes t. These essay scholarships aim to inspire young people to look at the history of America. Plus, it helps them reflect on their personal experiences in the modern-day society of America. VFW will choose a specific topic related to patriotism, and applicants will be required to write between 300 to 400 words. The current topic is “My Pledge to Our Veterans.” 

These essay scholarships are only available for high school students and middle school students. Each submission will compete at the state level and may go on to the national level. Middle school students can win $5,000, and high school students can win $30,000.

18. Bill of Rights Institute We the Students Essay Contest

Once a year, the Bill of Rights Institute offers a We the Students Essay Contest . Applicants for these essay scholarships are required to write about what civil discourse means to them. The goal is to encourage individuals to write essays about their own experiences and ideas. The Bill of Rights Institute seeks essays containing creativity, engagement, and examples. 

First-place winners will be awarded $7,500 and a scholarship to the Constitutional Academy. In addition, five runners-up will be chosen and awarded $1,500 each. Plus, eight individuals will also be acknowledged for their essays and receive $500 each.

19. Unigo College Review Scholarship

Unigo offers a unique College Review Scholarship every year. This contest is open to current college students or those that have previously attended a college. Applicants are required to write a short, 250-character essay about a college listed on Unigo’s website.

The winner of this essay scholarship will be awarded $1,000. The funds will go toward tuition for the school they attend or plan to attend. The essays will be evaluated based on writing ability, originality, creativity, and overall quality.

20. The Christopher W. Keyser Scholarship

Keyser Law, P.A. offers the annual Christopher W. Keyser Scholarship . It is designed to provide financial assistance to students pursuing an education related to the law field. Acceptable majors include criminal justice, pre-law, English, history, political science, and journalism. Communications, sociology, and a Bachelor of Individualized Studies are also acceptable. 

Applicants can choose between three topics and must write between 2,000 and 3,000 words. Only current college students and students entering college are permitted to apply for these essay scholarships. The writer of the winning essay will receive a scholarship worth $1,500.

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21. Learncurious Phyllis F. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing

Learncurious features three annual essay scholarships. It is called the Phyllis F. McCarthy Scholarship for Excellence in Writing . There are three topics for applicants to write about, and essay submissions must be 3,000 words or less. The first-place winner will receive a scholarship of $1,000, and the two runners-up will receive $50 each. All winners and their essays will be showcased on the Learncurious website and blog. Only high school seniors and high school juniors are permitted to write an essay for this scholarship. Those who are already undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible.

22. The Lincoln Forum Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

The Lincoln Forum offers essay scholarships through the Platt Family Essay Contest . Each year, students are given a topic about Abraham Lincoln to write about. This essay contest is only open to undergraduate students pursuing college courses at a school in the United States. Graduate school students do not qualify. There are several creative writing scholarships. The grand first-place winner will receive a scholarship of $1,500, and the second-place winner will receive a scholarship of $750. The third-place winner will receive a scholarship of $500. The winners will also be featured on the Lincoln Forum Platt’s website. Entries must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. 

23. Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition

Writer’s Digest has been hosting a writing competition for almost 90 years. This essay scholarship contest is for helping new and budding writers win money for college. It is also designed to feature students’ work for others to read. 

Each year, around 500 winners are chosen for several different essay scholarships. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000, an interview with Writer’s Digest, and a free trip to the annual conference. The first through tenth place winners are awarded between $25 to $1,000. Winners will also receive a subscription to Writer’s Digest magazine. Submissions will be published on the website. Plus, they will receive discounts on all purchases through the website.

24. Maryland Criminal Defense Group Outstanding Citizen Scholarship

Every year, the Maryland Criminal Defense Group sponsors an essay scholarship. It’s named the Oleg Fastovsky Outstanding Citizen Scholarship. This essay contests scholarship was created to help students pay for their college expenses. Applicants must write about being a good citizen and participating in community service projects. Individuals must also show they possess the qualities of an outstanding citizen in this 500-word essay. The award for these creative writing scholarships is $1,000. High school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students are eligible. The winner must show proof of enrollment or a current transcript.

25. The Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship

BransonShowTickets.com offers an essay scholarship called the Branson Show Inspired Scholarship . This essay scholarship aims to inspire and encourage individuals to chase their dreams and pursue their goals. Students entering the competition must write about their own personal and professional ambitions. The winner will secure a scholarship for $1,000. Students between 16 and 19 who live in the United States can enter this competition. If you are already affiliated with BransonShowTickets.com, you may not apply.

26. American Bullion Scholarship

American Bullion, Inc. provides annual scholarship opportunities to assist students in paying for their college tuition. This essay scholarship aims to help students gain knowledge about valuable assets, such as gold. Students will write an essay between 500 to 1,000 words on a given subject. Applicants must be American citizens and currently enrolled in a full-time program at a college or university. The winner will receive $1,000 toward their tuition. Graduate school students also qualify for this contest.

27. Galvanize the Future Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

The American Galvanizers Association offers an annual essay scholarship. It is called the Galvanize the Future Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest. This contest was developed to offset tuition costs for students in civil engineering and related programs of study. The scholarship is available to part-time and full-time students. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply for these creative writing scholarships. Students must be enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited college in North America. The essay must be between 1,000 to 2,000 words. A topic will be provided. 

28. International Bipolar Foundation High School Essay Contest

The International Bipolar Foundation provides an essay competition each year. It is designed for young people who desire to raise awareness of mental health issues. These essay scholarships are open to high school students, and three winners are announced annually. The grand prize winner will receive $1,000. The second-place winner will receive $500, and the third-place winner will receive $250. In addition, all three winners will be featured on the International Bipolar Foundation’s website. Undergraduate and Graduate school students do not qualify.

29. IvyPanda Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship

Each year, IvyPanda.com awards $1500 in essay scholarships to talented students who demonstrate the art and skill of essay writing. Scholarships are given to two winners. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, and the runner-up will get $500. Essays must be between 500 to 700 words. A list of potential topics is provided. This scholarship essay is open to high school or college students from any country. 

30. Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness 

Annually, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America features an essay competition. It is titled the Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship Essay Contest. These essay scholarships are meant for high school seniors who are getting ready to go to an accredited college directly after graduation. All essays must be between 1,200 to 1,500 words and express how Alzheimer’s affects your personal life, family, and community. In addition, you should write about what you have learned about managing the disease. The top essay will receive $5,000. There will also be several runners-ups chosen and awarded for their excellent work.

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How To Write the Perfect Scholarship Essay

Applying to college can be trying. There are exams to pass, forms to fill out, and plenty of other challenging tasks. It’s a time-consuming process. Because tuition is so costly, most students try to do everything possible to save money on their education.

There are numerous ways to offset the cost of college, including financial aid, student loans, and grants. But, of course, applying for financial assistance also requires a lot of effort and—you guessed it—more paperwork!

Additionally, students may be eligible for scholarships. Some of these are a breeze to apply for. Others require students to work a little bit for their free cash. Such is the case with essay scholarships.

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Essay Scholarships

Essay Scholarship Contests

Essay scholarships are special essays that students write as a supplement to a scholarship application. All scholarships require students to fill out an application form of some type. But a vast majority of those applications require an essay. It might be a short, three or four hundred-word answer to a question. Or it could be a longer paper requiring several thousand words. Either way, when an essay is required, it’s usually the most crucial part of a scholarship application. 

Essay scholarships can make or break your chances of winning a scholarship, so you’ll want to be sure to get them right. Essays give the scholarship committee a chance to know you better. And a good essay will make your application shine. Organizations want to know they are awarding scholarships to the most worthy applicants. So your scholarship essays will give them a sense of who you are and your educational goals. Essay-required scholarships are your chance to prove you are deserving of a particular scholarship. 

There are many variables with essay scholarships. For example, some organizations request a lengthy piece of content with a specific writing prompt. Others only require a short paragraph or two on a general topic. But no matter what the requirements, there are some common tips for doing them right. Here’s a rundown of the most essential considerations for essay scholarships:

1. Get Started!

Getting started on your scholarship essay is often the most challenging part of the process. And if you’re a born procrastinator, the struggle is real. However, the sooner you dig in, the better off you’ll be. 

Be sure to verify all deadlines and give yourself plenty of time to finish your essay. Don’t wait until the last minute to get started. No matter what level of writing skills you have, creating a winning essay takes time. So don’t expect you can complete a masterpiece overnight!

2. Write an Introduction and an Outline

Staring at a blank screen will keep you stuck, so just dig in. Read through your prompt and start writing whatever comes to mind. You can perfect your thoughts later on. But for now, you need to get something “on paper” to get your creativity flowing.

Once you’ve written a rough introduction, create an outline. An outline can help you structure your essay in a way that makes it easy to read. 

Here’s a great tip: Most annual scholarship program web pages publish the essays of previous winners. Read them. Looking over the winning essays can give you some much-needed inspiration. Plus, it will give you a better idea of what the organization is looking for .

3. Write the Body of Your Essay

This will take up the bulk of your time when completing your scholarship essay, so be sure to schedule it well in advance. It’s a good idea to plan on working on the main part of your essay over several days. This way, you can write for an hour or so each day and not get too burned out.

Remember that your goal at this stage is to persuade the organization to award you the scholarship. So you will need to convince them they should give you their money. Think about why you feel you deserve the scholarship. List your accomplishments and the traits that distinguish you from other students. Think about obstacles you have overcome and your goals for the future. Then, work these into your essay topic in a natural way.

4. Follow Instructions Carefully

You would be surprised how many students miss out on perfect scholarship program opportunities because they did not follow directions. Dont be like these unfortunate applicants. Instead, read through the instructions before, during, and after you write your essay. 

Follow every step precisely. You can be creative in your essay, but when it comes to the instructions, dont showcase your personality by trying to “do things your own way.” For example, if the instructions say to use Times New Roman, don’t deviate and use Arial instead. Be respectful and follow the guidelines exactly.

5. Conclude With Something Memorable

Final impressions are important. To stand out from the crowd, craft a conclusion the committee will remember. Focus on some final thoughts demonstrating your personal growth in overcoming obstacles. And conclude by honing in on the future. For example, tell the committee how you plan to use those lessons at college over the coming years. 

6. Proofread Like Your Life Depends on It

Do you know what happens to students who don’t thoroughly proofread their scholarship essays? Nothing. That’s because they don’t win. Are you serious about winning the scholarship? Then be doubly serious about checking your essay for spelling and grammar mistakes. Use a proofreading app like Grammarly to review your paper multiple times. Then, go over it again for good measure. 

Before you submit the essay, sleep on it. Chances are, you’ll find a few more typos after you take a break for a bit. It wouldn’t hurt to have a teacher or another student also go over it. 

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Qualifying for 30 Scholarship Essay Contests

What are the qualifications for essay scholarships? Several factors can qualify you for a college scholarship program. Here are the most common ones.

Academic Achievements

One of the most common qualifications organizations look for in scholarship applicants is academic achievements. Therefore, many scholarship providers want to know about your classes, GPA, and standardized test scores. These numbers indicate your ability to meet the academic requirements of college. 


Like academic achievements, merit is another common requirement for scholarships. Merit is subjective and depends on the organization giving out the award. For example, the committee may be looking for students with strong leadership skills or volunteer experience. Or they may want to see your involvement in student government or athletics. Merit means that you have exceptional abilities in a particular area.

Financial Need

Some scholarships are need-based. They are awarded primarily on your financial circumstances. Unless they are independently wealthy, the majority of students qualify for some type of need-based financial aid. You can check out the EFC formula guide to find out more about what constitutes financial need. 

Age and Grade Level

Scholarships are typically awarded to college students, but this is a broad cross-section of people. For example, one essay scholarship program may only be open to those under 18. But for another, only graduate students are eligible. In addition, some common age and grade level requirements may include:

As you can see, the age and grade requirements can vary widely. So it’s essential to read the fine print before you even begin your scholarship essay. After all, you dont want to do all that work and find out you’re not even eligible!

With some scholarship programs, you only need a stroke of luck to win. These scholarships are like the lottery. If your name or number is randomly drawn, you win! If you don’t possess other scholarship qualifications, luck-based scholarships might help. That’s because each student who enters has the same chance to win. So be sure to apply to every luck-based scholarship opportunity you can. You never know when a windfall is coming your way!

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Combination Requirements

The truth is that most scholarships have a combination of requirements. For example, you might be eligible for a scholarship based on financial need plus a winning essay. Or you may be eligible to win an essay contest only if you are a low-income senior in high school. Some scholarships with essays only have one specific requirement. But with most scholarship contests, you will need to meet more than one of the criteria to be eligible. 

When Should You Start Applying for Scholarships?

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Each scholarship is different, with deadlines falling throughout the year. There are no standard dates like with college applications, so it depends on the cutoffs for an individual scholarship. However, in some cases, you must apply as early as one year before starting college. Remember, you’ll want plenty of time to work on the scholarships that require essays.

High school juniors and high school seniors who plan to attend college should start looking for scholarships as early as possible. Missing a scholarship deadline means losing out on free money for your education.

Some students like having a notebook and calendar handy to keep their scholarship and deadline information organized. That way, they can refer back to it regularly to ensure they don’t miss any crucial scholarship opportunities. Remember, you can apply for as many scholarships as you want. Millions of dollars in scholarships are up for grabs every year, so keep filling out those applications!

Closing Thoughts

Scholarships are one of the first types of financial assistance to consider, as they are a gift that does not need to be repaid. Additionally, students can earn more than one scholarship. Earning multiple essay scholarships can help current or prospective college students pay for college. Provided by various generous organizations, essay scholarships are ideal for those with a knack for writing. 

The outstanding scholarship opportunities mentioned on this list can help fund your college education. And if you are willing to put in the effort, you may be able to win one of these scholarship contests.

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The Best Writing Scholarships of 2023

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Immerse education.

💰Top award: $7,141 to 10 recipients

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The Immerse Education Essay Competition provides the opportunity for students aged 13-18 to submit essay responses to a pre-set question relating to their chosen subject. 10 winners will receive a 100% scholarship, with runner-up prizes also awarded. 100% Scholarship Award For Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney & London Summer School Essay Competition.

Organization: Immerse Education.

Deadline: January 04, 2024.

Additional awards: Runner-ups: 50% of scholarship.

Categories: Critical Essay.

Creative Writing Award

💰Top award: $40,000 to 1 recipient

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The winner will be offered the opportunity to occupy during her or his first academic year the residence room where J. D. Salinger lived; and Leadership standing in the Ursinus writing community. The winner will be expected to join the previous award winners in reading subsequent creative portfolios, and will help the Office of Admission in selecting the next winner. Award winners are also expected to be prominent members of Ursinus’ Literary Society, The Lantern, and the creative writing community.

Organization: Ursinus College.

Deadline: January 15, 2024.

Categories: Critical Essay, Journalism, Nonfiction, Novel Writing, Personal Essay, Playwriting, Poetry, Portfolio, Research, Screenwriting, and Short Fiction.

The Sub Pop Loser Scholarship

💰Top award: $7,000 to 1 recipient

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Sub Pop Records is extremely proud to offer a grand total of $15,000 in college scholarship money to three eligible high school seniors. To apply you must submit a one-page essay using any combination of our questions as a guide (or write something completely your own, be inspired and creative!). Applicants must be residents of Washington or Oregon in pursuit of higher education.

Organization: Sub Pop Records.

Deadline: March 23, 2023.

Additional awards: Second place scholarship of $5,000, third place scholarship of $3,000.

Categories: Personal Essay.

Islamic Scholarship Fund Program

💰Top award: $10,000 to 10 recipients

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Students who are Muslim or active members of the Muslim community may apply for the Islamic Scholarship Fund. The ISF awards multiple scholarships each year ranging from $3,000-$10,000, though the amounts and number of recipients will vary. Students must submit applications including essay questions, work samples, and letters of recommendation, and must also be majoring in an ISF-supported field related to media or politics.

Organization: Islamic Scholarship Fund.

Deadline: March 21, 2023.

Additional awards: Multiple awards of varying amounts will be given.

BBB Torch Talk Scholarship

💰Top award: $2,000 to 6 recipients

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BBB Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to educating consumers on a variety of marketplace issues; this scholarship is in pursuit of that goal. Applicants must attend high school in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington or Western Wyoming, and will submit a 500-word essay for BBB’s online magazine Torch Talk on one of the given topics.

Organization: Better Business Bureau.

Deadline: March 16, 2023.

Flag House Scholarship Award

💰Top award: $1,812 to 1 recipient

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Do you know of an unsung history-maker in your community? Is there an organization in your community working to keep the legacy of a historically significant, but often overlooked, individual alive and relevant? Identify a person living or from the past whose professional work, activism, or personal story has made a significant impact on you or your community. Describe why their story is unique and explain how they have changed history. Response should be limited to 350 words.

Organization: The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

Deadline: March 26, 2023.

Categories: Research and Critical Essay.

Unpublished Writer's Award

💰Top award: $1,000 to 1 recipient

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The winner of this award receives $1,000, an invitation to accept the award at our annual awards ceremony, promotion on our website, and a feature of their work in our Magajournal and quarterly newsletter. Applicant must email an original, unpublished fiction work (short story or novel excerpt) not to exceed 2,000 typed words on double-spaced pages

Organization: Go On Girl! Book Club.

Deadline: March 31, 2023.

Additional awards: Invitation to awards ceremony, promotion through website and publications.

Categories: Short Fiction and Novel Writing.

Marguerite Young Endowment Fund

💰Top award: $1,500 to 10 recipients

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The Marguerite Young Endowment Fund was established at The Pittsburgh Foundation to provide scholarships for students who plan to study theology. Candidates must be attending a Protestant seminary as a master of Divinity candidate, preparing for full-time ministry and/or be a seminary intern at a Protestant Church. Application must includes proof of this, as well as a personal essay.

Organization: The Pittsburgh Foundation.

Christine B. Dexter Scholarship

💰Top award: $2,000 to 1 recipient

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The Christine B. Dexter Scholarship was established in honor of Christine B. Dexter after her passing from stomach cancer in 2008. This scholarship awards undergrad students a $2,000 scholarship towards their fall tuition. All recipients demonstrate a history of community service and resilience through their cancer journey.

Organization: Christine B. Foundation.

Incight Scholarship

💰Top award: $2,500 to 50 recipients

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The INCIGHT scholarship is open to students in Washington, Oregon, and California who have a documented disability. Applicants must complete two detailed essay responses (video essays also welcome) in order to be eligible. The number of awards and total amount awarded will be determined during the selection process, and winners will be notified in June.

Organization: INCIGHT.

Deadline: April 01, 2023.

The AAF-Greater Evansville Scholarship

💰Top award: $1,500 to 3 recipients

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The AAF-Greater Evansville awards scholarships to deserving high school and/or college students yearly in April. To be eligible, students must plan to pursue a career in advertising, marketing, public relations or graphic design. Application varies yearly but includes various education details and personal statements.

Organization: American Advertising Federation of Greater Evansville.

Categories: Journalism.

Aspiring Literary Scholar Award

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The winner of this award receives $1,000, an invitation to accept the award at our annual awards ceremony, promotion on our website, and a feature of their work in our Magajournal and quarterly newsletter. Candidate must submit an essay not to exceed 800 words on the topic "The Power of The Written Word."

Dr. Jerry Pournelle Scholarship

💰Top award: $2,500 to 1 recipient

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The Dr. Jerry Pournelle Scholarship may be awarded to a candidate of any gender majoring in engineering, math, biological or physical sciences, or “science fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several scientific topics.

Organization: The Heinlein Society.

Categories: Research, Personal Essay, and Critical Essay.

Dr. Yoji Kondo Scholarship

college scholarships requiring essays

The Dr. Yoji Kondo Scholarship may be awarded to a candidate of any gender majoring in engineering, math, biological or physical sciences, or “science fiction as literature” as an eligible field of study. Applicants must submit a 500-1,000 word essay on one of several scientific topics.

Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship

💰Top award: $1,000 to 15 recipients

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Project Sleep’s Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship is a national scholarship program to support students with narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia. Students must complete an application form that includes a response to the esssay question: "If you could go back in time and speak to yourself on the day you were diagnosed, what would you say? Write a letter to yourself on that day."

Organization: Project Sleep.

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Apply to writing scholarships for every kind of student. Whether you’re looking to submit a short piece or your entire portfolio, you can explore opportunities on this page to find exactly the right scholarship for you — and potentially win thousands of dollars to fund your education.

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What are writing scholarships?

Writing scholarships are financial awards given to students based primarily on written work, though other factors are usually taken into consideration as well. Most writing scholarships involve a prompt or series of prompts to which applicants must respond. Some writing scholarships — especially those that award large amounts of money — require applicants to submit past writing samples, or even a full portfolio.

The good news is that, with so many writing scholarships to choose from, you don’t have to apply for any that are “out of your league.” Indeed, though most students have heard of writing scholarships, you may not realize just how many different varieties there are! Here are five of the most common types of writing scholarships, all of which you can find in this directory.

1. Personal essay scholarships

Personal essay scholarships involve writing on a topic related to your own experience. You’ll often see personal essay prompts like, “How have your experiences influenced your choice of major?” and “What are your career aspirations and how do you plan to achieve them?” Other prompts may ask you to write about a role model, a life-changing event, an aspect of your identity, etc. Suggested length is usually about 500-1,000 words, but varies depending on the level of detail requested and how many essay questions are provided.

Just about every scholarship these days has a personal essay component of some kind. This is because personal essay responses both demonstrate writing skills and give the judges a clear sense of each applicant’s goals. No one wants to throw away money on an aimless student — so if you’re applying for a personal essay scholarship, make sure to convey both your writing abilities and your ambitions in your work!

2. Critical essay scholarships

Critical essay scholarships are more in line with what students might consider  “academic” essays. The prompts typically ask applicants to analyze works of literature. However, unlike open-ended English class essays, most critical essay scholarships provide a very specific prompt (e.g. “Examine The Great Gatsby in the context of its World War II-era revival”).

Critical essay scholarships can also involve non-literary subject matter. Some may ask applicants to evaluate a historical event or figure; others may ask them to defend their stance on a political or legal issue. Though the line between critical and personal essays can sometimes blur, for the purposes of this directory, we define critical essays as those that use evidence from an external source to prove a point.

3. Short fiction scholarships

Short fiction scholarships include scholarships for short stories, one-act plays, poetry, and any other form of fiction that isn’t a novel or full-length script. Short fiction scholarships tend to be easier to find than long-form fiction scholarships, since most judging panels don’t have time to read more than a few thousand words per entry. Therefore, if you write fiction and you’re hoping to nab yourself a scholarship, this category is the way to go! (That said, if you’re a hardline novelist, some places will accept a sample chapter or two as short fiction entries.)

4. Journalism scholarships

Journalism scholarships are for students interested in pursuing a career in news, magazine, and/or online journalism. These scholarship applications almost always ask for writing samples to show the candidate’s interest. Depending on the organization, they may prefer topical news reports, informative articles, thinkpieces, or a mix. Some journalism scholarships provide a prompt and ask applicants to write a new article, but the focus is usually on samples. Speaking of which…

5. Portfolio scholarships 

Portfolio scholarships are the most rigorous kind of writing scholarship, requiring a substantial body of work from each applicant — usually 5-10 pieces of writing, if not more. The upside is that awards for portfolio scholarships tend to be pretty sizable, and may even cover your entire tuition!

If you decide to apply to a portfolio scholarship, make sure you have several strong pieces of work in your oeuvre, and consider writing a few new pieces as well. What you shouldn’t do is rush through a dozen new pieces to throw together as a portfolio. If you don’t have samples at the ready from previous assignments or projects, you’ll be better off applying to a less intensive writing scholarship.

Why apply to writing scholarships?

Applying to writing scholarships is a huge undertaking, especially if you’re pursuing multiple scholarships at once. It can sometimes feel like the effort isn’t worth it, or that you have little chance of actually winning any awards. But in truth, submitting to writing scholarships is one of the best investments you can make in your education, your creative writing skills, and your professional life.

Scholarships for larger amounts do attract more applicants, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to land — only that you have to work a little harder to stand out. And you can definitely sway the odds in your favor by applying to lots of small scholarships ($500 or less) for which you’ll have fewer competitors. Remember that every little bit helps! For example, if you plan on taking out student loans, even a $500 scholarship could save you much more in interest down the line.

Another compelling reason to apply to writing scholarships is that oftentimes, you’ve already done the work, or the work required is minimal. For scholarships that require writing samples, you’ll simply submit what you’ve already written in the past — and even for scholarships with specific prompts, you rarely have to write more than a couple of pages. If you were seriously committed, you could apply to a scholarship every day, spending a single concentrated evening on each application.

Jumping off that thought, as English majors love to say: the more writing scholarships you apply for, the better a writer you’ll become. Writing tons of scholarship essays will make you a much more creative and efficient writer. Not only will this help with your personal writing projects, but it will also be invaluable to your education and even your career! Writing is a crucial skill for every major — you’ll always have to write papers and emails to professors, after all — and even if you don’t plan to pursue a writing-based job, you'll still need writing skills to polish your résumé.

Finally, remember that there’s a writing scholarship out there for everyone, no matter what your interests or intended field. This directory includes plenty of creative writing scholarships, yes; but there are also personal essay scholarships for future doctors, lawyers, salespeople, and so much more. You have nothing to lose by giving it a shot, so why not start searching for your dream writing scholarship today? (And if you’re unsure about your writing skills, you might benefit from some of the resources below.)

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Last updated February 28, 2023

Here's our ultimate list of easy scholarships you can apply to now! We selected these scholarships based on a few criteria: Do they require a long essay? Do they have a minimum GPA requirement? Do they have an extensively long application process?

To stay organized during your scholarship search, use our free scholarship application requirements tracker ! Have any questions about searching for and applying to scholarships? Text #Scholarships to 33-55-77!

Disclaimer: Some scholarship websites or organizations found on this list may sell your personal information to third parties, including (but not limited to): your name, email address, home address, and phone number. While we aim to share scholarships and scholarship websites that do not sell any student data, we know that those with larger money scholarships may. We encourage you to always be intentional about the scholarships you apply to and the information you share with them.

BigFuture College Scholarships //  College Board

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

BigFuture by College Board regularly gives scholarships to students who are in the process of applying to college and navigating financial aid for the first time. They award scholarships for things like  completing your FAFSA ,  searching for scholarships ,  practicing for the SAT , and more.

The DeDe McGuire Foundation Scholarship //  The DeDe McGuire Foundation

Deadline: February 28, 2023

Applicants to this scholarship must be current or incoming students at an  HBCU . Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and be able to provide current enrollment information, student ID, program of study, financial aid office and registrars office information for current enrollment verification.

Smart Owl Scholarship // Scholarship Owl

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: Monthly; Upcoming deadline February 28, 2023

To apply, all you need to do is register for a free Scholarship Owl account! Plus, Scholarship Owl will help you find and apply to lots of other scholarships.

School Survey Scholarship //  Niche

Amount: $1,000

To apply for this scholarship, all you need to do is take a short survey about your high school. The scholarship is open to current high school students, parents, and recent alumni.

Nitro Scholarship // Nitro

Amount: $2,000

This scholarship is super easy and has a big payoff. All you have to do is fill out their short application and you're entered in for a chance to win $2,000!

$2,000 No Essay Scholarship // Niche

Scholarships come in all shapes and forms. This scholarship by Niche is extremely easy. Create an account on Niche.com and interact with their website!

SuperCollege Scholarship // SuperCollege

The SuperCollege Scholarship is open to all students — high school students, college students, grad students, or adults planning on going back to school. It’s an easy scholarship that only requires you to fill out a simple application.

Sweet and Simple Scholarship // Unigo

Amount: $1,500

Getting gifts is always fun, but a gift doesn't always have to be extravagant to make you happy. Sometimes, it's just the sweet and simple things that work best. Share a sweet and simple gift you've received and why it meant so much to you in about 250 words or less and you'll be entered in to win $1,500!

The Southwest Airlines Scholarship // Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Amount: Up to $5,000

This scholarship is available to students at trade/vocational schools and 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. Applicants must express interest in a career in the airline industry. Special consideration is given to applicants who identify as black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC), are first-generation college students, and are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant.

Be Bold No-Essay Scholarship // Bold.org

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: March 1, 2023

Are you bold? Bold doesn't just mean "best" or "most accomplished." If you are earnest, determined, and moving, make an account with Bold.org and show them how bold you can be. The scholarship will be awarded to the student whose profile is most bold, according to these characteristics.

HOLA at Microsoft Scholarship // Microsoft

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2023

This scholarship is available to Latinx high school seniors who need assistance paying for college. Must be planning to study Engineering, Computer Science, or Business in college. Must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and higher. DACA recipients are eligible to apply.

McDonald's Black And Positively Golden Scholarship //  Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: March 27, 2023

This scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate college students attending an HBCU during the 2023-2024 school year. Must have a GPA of 2.7 and higher and be able to demonstrate financial need. 

Superpower Scholarship // Unigo

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 31, 2023

Having superpowers is cool, but which superhero or supervillain would you want to swap places with for one day? Tell Unigo your answer in 250 words or less to be considered for this $2,500 scholarship!

National Scholarship // National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs

This scholarship is open to African American high school seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 and above and submit a typed essay of no less than 300 words on the topic: “Explain the Benefits You Have Gained through the Contributions of Two (2) Trailblazers of African Descent within the past twenty (20) years, and How It Has Benefited You as a Person.”

LoadView Women in Computing Scholarship // Access Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2023

This scholarship is open to female students currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate students in the U.S. or Canada. Must be planning to pursue a degree/career in computing. Essay required with application. 

Our Turn Scholarships //  Our Turn

Amount: $500

Deadline: April 17, 2023

Any full- or part-time students between the ages of 16-25 are eligible to apply for this scholarship. There are two scholarships available; The Community Scholarship is for students already active in the Our Turn network, and The Equity Scholarship is for students that are new to Our Turn. Must write short essays answering Our Turn's prompts to be considered. 

Christopher Nohl Scholarship for Diverse Backgrounds // Christopher Nohl

Deadline: July 15, 2023

This scholarship is available for students in the United States who are currently enrolled in a University or High School, and have plans to attend a University. The scholarship is meant to help a deserving student with scholarship funding who wishes to start their own business in the future.

Fight for Freedom Scholarship // J. Ryan Brown Law

Deadline: July 31, 2023

Graduating high school seniors and college students are eligible for this scholarship. To be considered, applicants must write a 700-1,000 word-essay to answer the following prompt: "Share with us a bit of legislation or regulation that has been a recent controversial topic. Explain why you feel this piece of legislation or law should either be abolished or kept in place. We want to hear how this piece of legislation has personally impacted you."

Dennis Etchison Young Writers Scholarship // Horror Writers Association

Deadline: August 1, 2023

This award is available to high school students that are interested in writing horror and dark fiction. Applicants must provide a selection of their work (at least 1 completed short story over 1,000 words, 3 chapters from a novel in progress, or 4 poems), at least one letter of reference by their instructor(s), and a description of their goals with an education plan for use of the award.

Alex Austin’s Overcoming Adversity Scholarship // Access Scholarships Foundation

Amount: $500 – $1,000 for multiple recipients

Deadline: September 1, 2023

This scholarship is for students that have overcome hardship throughout their lives. High school and undergraduate students of all years are encouraged to apply.

Be the Boss Scholarship // GoSkills

Deadline: September 15, 2023

This scholarship was created for a female student who wants to start her own online business. Financial need and academic performance will not be considered when applying. 

Niche + Tallo Scholarship // Niche + Tallo

Deadline: Monthly

Niche and Tallo are partnering to bring monthly scholarship awards of $1,000! All you have to do is create a profile with Tallo and click this link to apply .

Easy Money Scholarship // Cappex

To apply, all you have to do is create a Cappex profile and tell them what you like to do in your free time. Easy, right? 

Missed the deadline on any of these scholarships? That’s okay! We’ll save this list so you can apply next year.

I have a dream scholarship // unigo.

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Unigo wants to know what you dream about! Write a short essay in 250 words or less about a bizarre dream you've had or what your dreams are for the future to be entered for this scholarship!

It's (NOT) All in Your Head Scholarship // DoSomething

Deadline: January 19, 2023

Help spread awareness about mental health to the community around you. To enter, print out some mental health posters and place them around your school. Once finished, upload a photo of the poster and you'll be entered in to win a $2,000 scholarship.

Future Leaders in Technology Scholarship // Bold.org

Deadline: January 16, 2023

The scholarship is open to high school students who plan to pursue a degree in computer science, electrical engineering or data science. You must also be a member of an underrepresented group, including: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx, American Indian or Native American, LGBTQA+, and Women. Must write an essay of 200 words or more answering this prompt: "What area of tech are you interested in studying and why? Tell us about a problem that you hope to solve by way of your future education and career in tech."

Top Ten List Scholarship // Unigo

Deadline: December 31, 2022

Why do you deserve this scholarship? Tell Unigo the top ten reasons why you deserve this scholarship in 250 words or less and you'll be entered in to win!

Unigo $10k Scholarship // Unigo

Amount: $10,000

There are a lot of easy scholarships out there, but for $10,000, this one doesn't get any easier. All you have to do is answer one short prompt (250 words or less). Unigo is asking the question, "Would you rather be smart, funny or rich? Why?" Answer this question and be entered in to win a $10,000 scholarship!

See Us, Hear Us: Envisioning Greener Futures Scholarship // DoSomething.org

Deadline: December 30, 2022

This scholarship is available to students ages 26 and under. No essay or minimum GPA is required. Applicants must "share how their community is impacted by climate injustice or environmental racism, along with their vision for a green future."

$50,000 "No Essay" Scholarship // Niche

Amount: $50,000

Deadline: December 14, 2022

Covering the cost of college expenses for four years without writing a single essay? Sounds too good to be true, but it isn't with Niche! They are giving one student $50,000 (their biggest scholarship yet!) to help pay for tuition, living expenses, books, and other educational expenses!

The Rise Above Scholarship // Silberman & Lam LLP

Deadline: December 1, 2022

The scholarship is open to any current high school senior, college student, or graduate student with a 3.0 or higher who is currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program at an accredited college or university in the United States. The candidate must submit a 500-750 word essay response to the prompt: Share a time where you felt like you were being taken advantage of as an employee, intern, or group member. How did this experience affect your professional relationships with those involved? Has your past experience helped you look for future or current employment red flags? How did a negative, professional situation turn out to be a positive one in the long run, and how did you learn from it?

Hustle Tech & Business News No-Essay Scholarship // Bold.org

Win a $10,000 scholarship when you with up for the Hustle free daily newsletter and share what you learned.

Education Matters Scholarship // Unigo

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Does your education matter? Yes, it does! Unigo is awarding one applicant $5,000 if they can answer the prompt, "What would you say to someone who thinks education doesn't matter, or that college is a waste of time and money?"

STEM Scholarship // NextStepU

This scholarship is open to students who are interested in pursuing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) major. Applicant must be 16-22 years old at the time of entry and be a registered user of NextStepU.com.

Minority/Women in STEM Scholarship // Bold.org

Amount: 5 winners, $1,000 each

Deadline: November 19, 2022

Any BIPOC and/or female high school senior or undergraduate who is a first-generation, low-income student interested in STEM may apply for this scholarship. Applicants must write a 400-600 word-essay answering the following prompt: “What are some challenges you've had to overcome while pursuing your education and how do you plan on making a positive impact on the world through your STEM education?”

Community Champions Scholarship // Ascent

Deadline: November 15, 2022

To apply for this scholarship, all you need to do is follow @AscentFunding on Instagram, like the Instagram post linked on their site, and leave a comment sharing your secret study tip that will get you through midterms, and tag your study buddy. Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored.

WayUp Dream Job No-Essay Scholarship // Bold.org

Deadline: October 1, 2022

This scholarship will be awarded to the student who makes the most of the WayUp platform, including creating a profile and applying to jobs and internships.

No-Essay Scholarship // Scholarships360

Deadline: September 30, 2022

To be considered for a $1,000 scholarship, simply create an account on Scholarships 360 and sign up for email newsletters. Engagement in these newsletters will help boost your chances of winning as well as provide you with other scholarships that you can enter into! It's a win-win situation!

Gyrl Power, IRL Scholarship // Gyrl Wonder

Deadline: September 2, 2022

This scholarship is available to women of color who are enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student during the 2022-2023 school year and are in good standing with their college or university.

Community Activist Scholarship // Bold.org

Deadline: July 13, 2022

This award aims to support students who strive to positively benefit their community and the lives of those around them. Any student who is passionate about helping their community may apply for this award. To apply, students will need to share what they do in their local community to bring about positive change.

Brown Girls Do College Scholarship // Brown Girls Do Ballet

Deadline: June 30, 2022

This scholarship is available to full time college undergraduate students across any field of study. Must write a 500 word essay on First Generation status (if applicable), plan for completing your undergraduate degree, and how dance has impacted your life. You don't need to be a dancer to qualify for this scholarship.

STEM Works for Me Scholarship // DoSomething

Deadline: June 2, 2022

Out of all the STEM workforce in the US, only 1/3 are people of color, and even less are women. This scholarship hopes to help students find out the best STEM field for them. Simply take the quiz and share your results to be entered in to win a $2,500 scholarship!

Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship // Bold.org

Amount: $750

Deadline: Apr 16, 2022

The Hispanic Empowerment No-Essay Scholarship is meant to encourage diversity in academia. This $750 award will help high school seniors or current undergraduate students who are Hispanic pay their tuition or student loans.

Psychology Matters No-Essay Scholarship // Bold.org

The Psychology Matters No-Essay Scholarship is meant to support and encourage diversity in the profession of psychology. This $500 award will help current or aspiring psychology majors pay their tuition or student loans.

Financial Future Scholarship // InvestmentZen

Deadline: April 1, 2022

All applicants must be actively enrolled full-time in an accredited college/university in any country.

Student Loan Hero Scholarship // LendingTree

Deadline: January 31, 2022

The Lending Tree wants to help students pay for college.Fill out a quick form to apply.

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How Do You Win a Writing Scholarship?

Writing scholarships are unique since they ask you to use your words to win one. If you are an aspiring novelist, journalist or enjoy writing poems as a hobby, you may qualify.

Creative writing scholarships are about how you craft a story and develop characters. Essay contest scholarships often ask you to answer a question in a very original and clear way.

As such, each scholarship will have its own set of guidelines to follow. You may need to write a story for a specific topic and meet the word count limit. To apply for a writing scholarship, you’re going to have to write something original.

In some scholarships for writers, applicants must be literature or creative writing majors. Judges of these programs may want to see your transcripts and know about your academic goals along with a completed form.

For other essay scholarships, you might not have to be an English major at all. These can be sweepstakes where there is no essay required. Most of the time, anyone is eligible to enter these sweepstakes.

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What Writing Scholarships Can Students Apply for?

There are writing scholarships for eligible students at all levels of education. As long as you meet the terms the provider sets, you may apply.

Writing Scholarships for High School Students

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to eligible students in grades 9 to 12. This year’s topic is about political courage. To apply, you will write an essay of up to 1,000 words that has at least 5 sources. You can submit your essay online or by mail. Just make sure to follow the guidelines.

There are 15 awards in all. One first place winner receives $10,000 and one second place winner receives $3,000. Five finalists each receive $1,000 and eight semi finalists each receive $100.

Writing Scholarships for College Students

A writing scholarship for eligible college students is the Bobette Bibo Gugliotta Memorial Scholarship .

It is available from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). It was named to honor the author who created the idea for Mickey Mouse. There are up to two winners. Each winner receives a sum of up to $1,000.

DACA students, US citizens and legal permanent residents may be eligible. Applicants must live in Santa Clara or San Mateo County. To apply, you must send two writing samples. The other required documents are transcripts and grades, personal essay, letters of reference and proof of financial need.

What Creative Writing Scholarships Are Available to Students?

Creative writing scholarships are for eligible English majors and students who like to write a poem, script, fiction or play. You need to be very creative, imaginative and think outside of the box with the provider’s essay question.

Scholarships for Fiction Writers

Writer’s Digest offers Popular Fiction Awards . It is one of their oldest and most popular competitions. One grand prize winner receives $5,000 in cash. 10 other winners receive awards ranging from $25 to $1,000.

To apply, you need to be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and submit an entry fee. You also have to select a creative category. You can choose between spiritual, memoir, rhyming poetry, TV script, children’s fiction and more.

Scholarships for Creative Writing Majors

The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) offers the Helen McCloy Scholarship . It aims to nurture talent in mystery writing of all kinds. Writing topics may include fiction, nonfiction, play writing, and screenwriting.

Although you don’t need to be an MWA member, you do need to be a serious aspiring mystery writer. Applicants must also be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.

MWA will award $500 each to two winning writers. You may use the money to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, seminars or college level writing programs.

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay?

To write a scholarship essay, you want to be creative and follow the essay instructions. Here are five helpful tips to write your next winning scholarship essay.

1. Understand the essay question

You can only write a solid essay answer if you understand the question. When the question is direct, be direct when you answer it. If not, judges will spot the confusion no matter how good your writing is. Here’s an example: What are you planning to study in college and why? “In college, I plan to major in writing because…”

2. Reel the audience in

Open your essay with a hook or clear beginning. This captivates the reader’s attention. It may help judges who have to read many essays remember yours better. Of course, once you have reeled your reader in, keep up the good work.

Don’t stray off topic. Use the rest of your essay for more in depth details and examples. Then, conclude your essay to tie up all of your points. This shows the judges you used an outline and organized your thoughts well.

3. Follow the scholarship guidelines

Judges often have hundreds of essays to score. So, most essay scholarships have guidelines to help them reach a decision. Word count is the most common guideline to meet. So, even very creative essays may get points deducted if they are too wordy.

4. Spell check and proofread your essay

Make sure to proofread a few times and spell check your entire essay before submitting it. Also, proofread for any grammatical errors.  If it helps, you may print out your essay and read it off screen. Spell check software does not pick up mistakes related to context. For instance, you may spell “their” correctly but intended to write “there”. Try to avoid these mistakes along with slang.  

5. Don’t copy anyone

Many scholarship providers do not tolerate plagiarism which is unethical. You should tell a story that resonates with your personal goals and experiences. Be original and write from the heart so that your essay stands out.

Why You Should Apply for a Scholarship?

Writing scholarships may be useful if you want to pay for college. The money can offset tuition, fees, books and other expenses. You may be able to use a scholarship along with federal grant money too. And, unlike loans, you don’t repay these funds.

According to the NCES , cost varies by type of school. Also, a four year degree in creative writing is on the rise. If you choose an in state public college, tuition is about $7,368. If you study at a private college for out of state students, tution costs $35,878. 

Many writing and essay scholarships are easy to apply for. They may also be less competitive than ones that assess your grades. A final point, if you win, you get to add it to your resume and list of accomplishments.

List of Writing Scholarships

Check out our list of writing scholarships below. We have 1,733 awards worth $59M.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

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Total:  $12000

Awards:  12

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Deadline:  April 01, 2023

BHD Endowed Scholarship Fund for Teachers

Total:  $2500

Awards:  10

Foreign Service High School Essay Contest

Total:  $5000

Awards:  1

Deadline:  April 06, 2023

Brandon Wong & Associates Difference Makers Scholarship

Total:  $1000

Deadline:  May 30, 2023

2023 Amy G Law Firm Access to Education Scholarship

Deadline:  May 31, 2023

Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Total:  $42000

Awards:  28

Deadline:  June 13, 2023

Proyecto H.A.C.E.R. College Book Scholarship

Total:  $1750

Awards:  3

Deadline:  June 20, 2023

Express Medical Supply $500 Scholarship Award

Total:  $500

Deadline:  June 30, 2023

John Sexton Essay Contest

Total:  $7000

Awards:  7

R. Marlin Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition for Law Students


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