Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 10, 2016

Scholarships for Writers

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:

Wallpops Scholarship for the Arts

Deadline: 5/27/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $1,000

The Wallpops Scholarship for the Arts is available to full – time high school students and college freshmen who demonstrate a passion for the arts. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Wallpops Scholarship for the Arts.

Financially Fit in Your 40s Essay Contest

Deadline: 5/30/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Financially Fit in Your 40s Essay Contest is open to undergraduate students. You must submit an essay of between five and ten pages on how one can achieve financial success by his or her 40s in order to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Financially Fit in Your 40s Essay Contest.

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.

You, Me and Poetry Scholarship Slam

Deadline: 7/13/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

April is National Poetry Month — the largest literary celebration in the world! — and we want you to help us celebrate. Share with us your unique poetry experience. Writing unites us all, but we have different reasons for why it is important to us. What do poetry and being a poet mean to you? Why did you decide to become a poet? How did poetry enter your life in the first place? Maybe there was a specific poem that struck you, or you just found a connection with your pen and paper (or keyboard) and couldn’t stop writing. Tell us in a poem your personal poetry story for your chance to win.

Get more information on the You, Me and Poetry Scholarship Slam.

JAM Paper Teacher Scholarship

Deadline: 7/15/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The JAM Paper Teacher Scholarship is available to students who are pursuing careers in education or a related field. You must submit an essay of 400 to 500 words on “Why do you want to become a teacher?” in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the JAM Paper Teacher Scholarship.

“From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 4 Awards between $500-$1,000

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who hold at least a 2.5 GPA. To be considered, you must submit an essay of at least 1500 words that addresses the following three topics: Which tracks of the book “From Failure to Promise – 360 degrees” presented or reiterated the most important life lessons for you and why, which factor was the most vital to the author’s evolution in going from “flunk-out” to “professor” and how does the “Seven Spheres of Influence and Integration Model” affect your worldview as related to civic responsibility.

Learn more about the “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

Youth Forward Scholarship

Deadline: 8/01/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of up to $1,500

Provided by the National Driving and Traffic School, the Youth Forward Scholarship is open to current high school and college students.

You must submit an essay of no more than 500 words on your commitment to volunteerism in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Youth Forward Scholarship.

Solutionreach Scholarship

Deadline: 8/07/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $4,000

The Solutionreach Scholarship is open to currently enrolled undergraduate students. You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and submit an essay of between 800 and 1200 words on the following topic in order to be considered for this award:

Discuss the advantages to providers and patients of an innovative patient relationship management strategy as supported by the cloud-based platform offered by Solutionreach and how they improve provider/patient relationships

Learn more about the Solutionreach Scholarship.

Clubs of America Scholarship Award

Deadline: 8/31/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Clubs of America Scholarship Award is available to currently enrolled students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0. You must submit an essay of at least 600 words about your career aspirations and how your current course load will help you achieve success. YouTube video submissions are also accepted and should be no longer than five minutes.

Learn more about the Clubs of America Scholarship Award.

“Hit The Books” Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/16
Available to: Ages 18-25
Award Amount: $500

The “Hit The Books” Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 18 and 25.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on the importance of education in your life and how the scholarship money will assist you in achieving your goals.

Bonus points will be awarded to students who find a creative way to include their passion for coffee within their essay without losing sight of the primary topic.

Learn more about the “Hit The Books” 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.

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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