Scholarships for Writers

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 07, 2016

Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

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:

Helen McCloy/ MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $500

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America, the Helen McCloy/ MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing is available to students who have talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

In addition to the application, you must submit a copy of official description of program printed by your institution/ sponsor of program, a writing sample, two letters of recommendation, and a short essay on your interest in mystery writing.

This scholarship is to be used to offset tuition and fees for U.S. workshops, seminars, or university/ college- level writing programs.

Get more information on the Helen McCloy/ MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing.

Anthem Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/25/16
Available to: Maximum Age 16 Years
Award Amount: $2,000

The Anthem Essay Contest is open to students in 8th, 9th and 10th grade.

You must submit an essay of between 600 and 1,200 words based on Ayn Rand’s “Anthem.”

You must choose on one of the three topics provided on the sponsor’s website.

Essays will be judged on style and content.

Get more information on the Anthem Essay Contest.

Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 4/14/16
Available to: Ages 16-18 Years
Award Amount: $1,000

The Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school juniors and seniors.

This year’s essay competition is based on the book, “Little Women”.

You must write an essay on one of five selected topics listed on the Web site to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Annual Signet Classic Scholarship Essay Contest.

All I Need Scholarship Slam

Deadline: 4/15/16
Available to: Ages 13-25 Award Amount: $1,000

We all know this familiar question: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what’s the one thing you would take with you? You might be quick to answer with your favorite book or an empty journal to fill with all the new existential thoughts you’d have while on an island by yourself.

Well, we want to take this challenge a step further. What is the one thing you can’t live without? Is it a person, an object, or even an idea that you hold close to your heart?

Tell us in a poem about the importance of the one thing you feel you absolutely need and why, for your chance to win $1,000 for college.

Get more information on the All I Need Scholarship Slam.

Book Marketing Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Book Marketing Scholarship is available to high school and college students.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 1500-word essay on persuasive writing.

Get more information on the Book Marketing Scholarship.

Gene Roddenberry Memorial/Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for Aspiring Writers and Artists

Deadline: 6/15/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Provided by Starfleet Academy, the Gene Roddenberry Memorial/Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for Aspiring Writers and Artists is available to students pursuing studies in acting, dance, music, writing, literature, graphic arts and other media related fields.

Applicants must be members in good standing with STARFLEET and must have been so, for at least one (1) year before the application deadline.

Get more information on the Gene Roddenberry Memorial/Sir Patrick Stewart Scholarship for Aspiring Writers and Artists.

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 Freshmen through College Seniors
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 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.

James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 5 Awards from $100-$5,000

The James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges / universities in the United States.

To be considered, you must submit an essay on the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer. Some suggested topics for your essay are:

• Why are alternative therapies used by cancer patients when they are not FDA approved?

• Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer?

• Should medicinal medicine and folk knowledge have any relevancy in cancer?

• It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market.
  Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?

Get more information on the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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