Essay Scholarships

Scholarships with essays often have interesting topics which allow you to express your opinion through the written word.

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 04, 2017

Essay Scholarships

If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

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.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

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 about the Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest.

Texas History Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/31/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshman
Award Amount: 3 Awards between $2,000 – $4,000

The Texas History Essay Contest is open to graduating high school seniors. To enter, you must submit a 1500 – to 2000 – word essay that reflects your research and study of Texas history and its relevance to the development of Texas.

Learn more about the Texas History Essay Contest.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the four topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

We The Students Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 2/05/17
Available to: Ages 14-19
Award Amount: 15 Awards between $500 – $5,000

The We The Students Scholarship Contest is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 19. To be considered, you must submit an essay of between 500 to 800 words that focuses on the ideas of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and their relevance today.

Learn more about the We The Students Scholarship Contest.

Optimist International Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/28/17
Available to: Ages 16-17
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Essay Contest is open to students who are under the age of 18. To be considered for this award, you must write an essay on the topic, “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction” and submit it to your local Optimist Club.

Learn more about the Optimist International Essay Contest.

The Future is Female Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/17
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

The Future is Female Scholarship is available to female students. You must be a U.S. citizen and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also answer five short essay questions.

Learn more about the The Future is Female Scholarship.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/28/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

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.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

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