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Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 05, 2015

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:

Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $750

The Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited two- or four-year college/university.

To be eligible, you must be pursuing a career in sports journalism, with a special interest in golf, golf course architecture, golf course turf grass management / greens superintendent, or professional golf management.

Students involved in amateur college golf may also apply. In addition, you must demonstrate academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, and involvement in golf-related activities.

Get more information on the Walter J. Travis Memorial Scholarship.

Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: 6/05/15
Available to: College Junior through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,500

The Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship is available to junior and senior journalism, communications, and public relations majors.

You must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and be a member of PRSSA to be considered for this award.

You must submit two to three writing samples with your application.

Get more information on the Stephen D. Pisinski Memorial Scholarship.

Easterday Poetry Award

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through High School Senior
Award Amount: $500

The Easterday Poetry Award is available to high school students with an interest in poetry.

You must write and submit a poem of less than 20 lines that will be judged on creativity, originality, imagery, artistic quality and poetic expression.

The poem must be unpublished, the sole work of the entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest.

Get more information on the Easterday Poetry Award.

Tannenwald Writing Competition

Deadline: 7/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Sponsored by the Tannenwald Writing Foundation, the Tannenwald Writing Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate law students.

You must submit a paper on any federal or state tax-related topic to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Tannenwald Writing Competition.

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship available to any students of any degree seeking category.

You must be a US citizen, submit an essay between 500 and 1,000 words long and must fully answer one of the following questions to be eligible for this award.

Essay Topics to Choose From: 1. How might excessive perspiration influence one’s perception of self? Or, how might viewing someone else’s excessive perspiration influence your perception of them? 2. Explore the connection between social anxiety and excessive perspiration. 3. When is sweat “good / acceptable / attractive” and when is sweat is sweat “bad / unacceptable / unattractive”?

Learn more information about the The SweatBlock “Social Confidence” Scholarship.

Storage.com Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 8/01/15
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The Storage.com Scholarship Contest is open to current undergraduate students and soon-to-be freshmen students.

You must submit an essay of between 250 and 500 words that describes what experiences, lessons, and opportunities you hope to pack into your years in school.

A short video of no more than 15 seconds may be submitted via Instagram or YouTube detailing what you are looking forward to most in college.

Learn more information about the Storage.com Scholarship Contest.

Free Speech Scholarship

Deadline: 8/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Free Speech Scholarship is available to students enrolled at an accredited technical school, college or university.

You must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit a minimum 500 word essay on why “Freedom of Speech makes America great” to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Free Speech Scholarship.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

Sponsored by Digital Responsibility, the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students.

You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

Patriot’s Pen Competition

Deadline: 11/01/15
Available to: Maximum Age 14 Years
Award Amount: $500

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: “What Freedom Means to Me." Get more information on the Patriot’s Pen Competition.

Writers of the Future Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $4,000

The Writers of the Future Contest is open to amateur writers.

Your entry must be a new short story or novelette with a science fiction, fantasy, horror or speculative fiction theme, which has not been previously published.

Poetry and children’s literature cannot be accepted for this contest.

There are four quarterly deadlines each year (September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30) with three prizes per quarter of $1000, $750, $500 and a yearly grand prize of $4000 is offered.

Learn more about the Writers of the Future Contest.

John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies is open to current students who have authored, or is in the process of authoring, a substantial research-based writing about comics.

Preference is given to master theses and doctoral dissertations, but all students of comics are encouraged to apply.

A self-contained excerpt of the project, cover letter, resume, and letter of reference are required.

Learn more about the John A. Lent Scholarship in Comics Studies.

William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

The William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship is available to students at the University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

You must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and plan to teach high school journalism to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
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.

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