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Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

August 04, 2014

The written word is a powerful thing. And those that work to harness that power are often rewarded by scholarship providers.

There are plenty of scholarships for writers available to students, whether the interest is in journalism, stories or writing of any other type.

But, such scholarship aren’t just limited to students with studies related to writing. They are also available to students who are able to communicate effectively through the written word. A true writer – a great writer – can write about absolutely anything. Even a “boring” scholarship essay is a challenge that a writer can take on to express oneself.

Scholarship providers know that writing takes talent and look to recognize such talent with awards and opportunities.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Check out the following scholarship opportunities that reward student writers:

Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award
Award: $500
Deadline: November 29, 2014
Available to: Maximum Age 21 Years

The Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award is available to students who are under the age of 21.

You must have completed a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work over the past two years, have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and submit an essay of no more than 1000 words on why you have chosen to volunteer your time with the organization(s) that you have and how your experience has changed your life in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award.

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest
Award: $1,000
Deadline: December 12, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest is open to students in grades k through 12.

To be eligible, you must submit an essay of about 1,000 words on the following theme: “What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?”

Learn more information about the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest
Award: Varies
Deadline: January 31, 2015
Available to: High School Freshman through College Senior

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Essay Contest on Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics is open to all students in three categories: grades 6-8, grades 9-12 and college undergraduates.

Your essay must be primarily based on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career and be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length.

The winning essays will be posted on the AWM web page and the grand prize winner will have his or her essay published in the AWM Newsletter.

Learn more information about the Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest.

Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge

Deadline: March 13, 2015

Award: $5,000

Available to: High School Freshman through College Freshman

The Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge is open to high school students in New York City, the Washington, D.C. metro area, Delaware /Delmarva Peninsula, and Southern New Jersey.

To be considered, you must write and illustrate a children’s book that addresses the topics of tolerance, inclusion and diversity.

Entrants are encouraged to create innovative ways to teach tolerance to young children, as well as gain new insights into these issues for themselves.

Students may work individually or in teams of up to four. Books must be between 16 and 24 pages and each page must include text and image(s).

Get more information on the Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest
Award: $3,000
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

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