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Scholarships for Writers

Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 29, 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.

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:

Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations

Award: $1,500
Deadline: June 6, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Public Relation Society of America, the Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations is available to undergraduate students who demonstrate an understanding and commitment to achieving excellence as a future public relations professional.

You must be a member of PRSSA to be eligible for this award. An essay is required.

Learn more information about the Lawrence G. Foster Award for Excellence in Public Relations.

Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest
Award: $2,500
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest is open to undergraduate students.

You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award.

To be considered, you must submit a 1500- to 2000-word essay on one of the social, political, or economical prompts provided.

Learn more information about the Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest.

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award
Award: $1,250
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on one of the following topics: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?” or “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?”

Learn more information about the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship Award.

Spokeo Connections Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: July 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Spokeo Connections Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors and full-time undergraduate students.

To be eligible, you must submit a 1000- to 1600-word essay on one of the three given topics.

A minimum 3.0 GPA is also required.

Learn more information about the Spokeo Connections Scholarship.

Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest
Award: $5,000
Deadline: July 13, 2014
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior

The Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest is available to U.S. citizen high school students.

You must write a 1500 word minimum essay on the theme “Happy Birthday America” to be eligible for this award.

Three winners will receive $5,000, $2,500, and $1,000 scholarships to the accredited U.S. college or university of their choices.

Learn more information about the Donna Foss Independence Day Essay Scholarship Contest.

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest
Award: $1,500
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Student, Year 5

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students.

To be considered, you must submit a 1000-word essay that addresses the following questions: “How has the book, From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professoriate positively impacted your pursuit of success and promise? What is your commitment to improving the lives of global citizens once you’ve reached your destined promise?”

Selection will be based on originality, quality of research, and effectiveness of presentation.

Learn more information about the “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship is available to students with an interest in counterintelligence, international affairs, and national security issues.

You must submit an essay of between 600 and 800 words discussing and analyzing an issue related to the importance of counterintelligence, international affairs, national security, and/or national defense to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint Scholarship.

Shine Bright Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Shine Bright Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students.

To be considered, you must submit a minimum 500-word essay on one of the following topics: “How can the Web give a company a competitive advantage?” or “How will you use your ‘personal shine’ to make a difference?”

Learn more information about the Shine Bright Scholarship.

"Hit The Books” Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: September 30, 2014
Available to: Ages 18-25

The “Hit The Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals.

Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

Learn more information about the “Hit The Books” Scholarship.

Build U. Scholarship
Award: $2,000
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Available to: Minimum Age 18 Years

The Build U. Scholarship is available to product design, interaction design, engineering, and computer science students.

To be considered, you must explain, in a 1000-word essay, how having a shared set of beliefs is important for building a great company.

Learn more information about the Build U. Scholarship.

Patriot’s Pen Competition
Award: $5,000
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: Maximum Age 14 Years

Sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the Patriot’s Pen Competition is open to students in grades six through eight.

To enter, you must submit a 300- to 400-word essay on the following theme: “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans.”

Learn more information about the Patriot’s Pen Competition.

The Proof-Reading.com Scholarship
Award: $1,500
Deadline: November 11, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Proof-Reading.com Scholarship is available to full-time students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.

To be considered, you must submit a minimum 1500-word essay based on the prompt provided.

A minimum 3.5 GPA is also required.

Learn more information about the The Proof-Reading.com Scholarship.

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.

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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