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Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

July 29, 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:

My Biggest Success Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available To: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The My Biggest Success Scholarship is available to high school seniors and students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 500-word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the My Biggest Success Scholarship.

CreditRepair.com Scholarship

Deadline: 8/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

The CreditRepair.com Scholarship is available to students enrolled an accredited university or college.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and submit a minimum 800-word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the CreditRepair.com 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.

Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship

Deadline: 10/15/15
Available To: Ages 16-19
Award Amount: $1,000

The My Biggest Success Scholarship is available to high school seniors and students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

You must submit a 500-word essay to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Branson Shows Inspired 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.

Journalism or Communications Scholarship – AQHA

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $8,000

The Journalism or Communications Scholarship is available to student members of the American Quarter Horse Association.

You must be a high school senior or a student currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or vocational school.

You must also be studying journalism or communications to pursue a career in news, editorial or print journalism and/or photojournalism.

You must also have at least a 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Journalism or Communications Scholarship – AQHA.

Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship is available to students currently attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university.

You must create a form of social awareness that inspires other students to focus on Looking Twice for Motorcycle Safety to qualify for this award.

This can be a video, artwork, essay or anything that would engage other students to focus on safe driving.

Student must have a valid driver’s license.

Get more information on the Look Twice, Save A Life Scholarship.

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Deadline:12/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Giva’s Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is available to undergraduate and graduate students.

To be eligible, you must submit a 600- to 1,000-word essay answering the following questions: “How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?”

Get more information on the Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award.

Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in a career as a foreign correspondent.

You must submit a cover letter, a resume, and a 500-word writing sample to be considered for this award.

Scholarship winners are also eligible for paid internships that the OPC Foundation underwrites at foreign bureaus of major media organizations.

Get more information on the Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholarship.

Custom Jewelry Scholarship

Deadline: 12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Custom Jewelry Scholarship is available to students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at any accredited college, university or trade school.

You must submit a minimum 1,000-word essay on the following topic: “Why buy custom jewelry?”

Get more information on the Custom Jewelry Scholarship.

Hidden Triforce of Wisdom Scholarship

Deadline:12/15/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Hidden Triforce of Wisdom Scholarship is available to high school seniors and current college students.

To be considered, you must describe, in a 500- to 2,000-word essay, a time when you have displayed an exceptional amount of courage or wisdom to accomplish a goal in life.

Get more information on the Hidden Triforce of Wisdom Scholarship.

Better America Scholarship Program

Deadline:12/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Better America Scholarship Program is available to students currently enrolled at an accredited university or college.

You must submit an essay in 200 words or less describing how you intend to change America in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Better America Scholarship Program.

Respshop.com Scholarship

Deadline: 1/31/16
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Respshop.com Scholarship is available to undergraduates, graduate students, and high school students who plan to attend college within the following seven months.

You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit a 500-700 word essay about snoring, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, or CPAP therapy.

You may steer your essay in any direction you like, but you should relate sleep disorders or CPAP therapy to your personal life or to your community.

Get more information on the Respshop.com Scholarship.

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.

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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