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Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

February 16, 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:

Si Burick Journalism Scholarship

Deadline: 3/20/15
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,500

The Si Burick Journalism Scholarship is available to high school seniors from the Miami Valley who plan to pursue a degree in journalism.

Get more information on the Si Burick Journalism Scholarship.

Haiku Society of America
Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Deadline: 3/25/15
Available To: Grades 7 through 12
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Haiku Society of America, the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition is available to students in grades 7 through 12.

You must submit up to three original haiku poems to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition.

National WWII Museum Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: High School Freshman through College Freshman
Award Amount: $1,000

The National WWII Museum Essay Contest is open to high school students in the United States, U.S. territories, and military bases.

To be considered, you must submit an essay of up to 1,000-words that answers the following question: “How do you define a hero?”

Get more information on the National WWII Museum Essay Contest.

Annuity.org Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Annuity.org Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a U.S. college.

To be considered, you must submit a 700- to 1,400-word essay on the following topic: “You just won a $10 million lottery jackpot! Outline your plan to be a savvy investor.”

Get more information on the Annuity.org Scholarship.

Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journalism

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

Provided by the New York Foundation for Architecture, the Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journalism is available to students who have written an article in a current publication focused on design issues.

To be eligible for this award, you must be enrolled in an NAAB accredited school of architecture or a related program such as art history, interior design, urban studies or landscape architecture.

Get more information on the Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journalism.

Matters of Life and Death Scholarship Writing Contest

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: High School Junior through College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,000

The Matters of Life and Death Scholarship Writing Contest is available to college – bound high school juniors and seniors in California.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 1000 – word essay that answers the following question: “What does your community need to know to support a statewide Death with Dignity law?”

Get more information on the Matters of Life and Death Scholarship Writing Contest .

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.

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.

Writers of the Future Contest

Deadline: Rolling
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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