Scholarships for Writers

The written word is a powerful thing.

Elizabeth Hoyt

August 08, 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:

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.

Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, 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 1000 – 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?”

Learn more about the Giva Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award.

College Scholarship Essay Competition

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The College Scholarship Essay Competition is available to prospective or current students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit a 500 word essay on the following topic: “What steps could lawmakers take to strengthen current laws that are aimed at reducing distracted driving and what additional legal measures could be passed to make our roads safer?”

Learn more about the College Scholarship Essay Competition.

Youth Forward Scholarship

Deadline: 12/01/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,500

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.

Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest

Deadline: 1/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Essay Contest on Biographies of Contemporary Women in Mathematics is open to all students in three categories: grades 6 – 8, grades 9 – 12, and college undergraduates. Your essay must be primarily based on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career and be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length. The winning essays will be posted on the AWM web page and the grand prize winner will have his or her essay published in the AWM Newsletter.

Learn more about the Association of Women in Mathematics Essay Contest.

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.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize 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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