Essay Scholarships

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

Elizabeth Hoyt

September 28, 2016

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.

Green Home Improvement Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Green Home Improvement Scholarship is open to high school seniors entering college and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. You must submit an essay of between 1,000 and 2,000 words on why green home improvement is important in today’s world in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Green Home Improvement Scholarship.

Digital Marketing Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Digital Marketing Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must be studying marketing, commerce, business or IT and submit an essay of 500 words or less to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Digital Marketing Scholarship.

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/04/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 25 Awards from $100 to $20,000

The Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay that describes an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. GED students under the age of 20 may also apply.

Learn more about the Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

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.

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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