Writing

Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendric and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.

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Georgia Southern University

Four or more years; Public; $15,425 average out-state tuition; $4,371 average in-state tuition

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University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

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California State University-San Bernardino

Four or more years; Public; $17,622 average out-state tuition; $5,742 average in-state tuition

DePauw University

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Scholarships for Writing Majors

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Patricia Cornwell Scholarship

Davidson College

$30,000 January 10, 2025 See Details
 

Patricia Cornwell Scholarship

Davidson College

award

$30,000

deadline

January 10, 2025
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Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

$5,000 June 17, 2024 See Details
 

Editorial Freelancers Association Ruth Mullen Memorial Scholarship

UNCF, Inc

award

$5,000

deadline

June 17, 2024
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Coker English Recognition Scholarship

Coker College

$3,500 April 01, 2025 See Details
 

Coker English Recognition Scholarship

Coker College

award

$3,500

deadline

April 01, 2025
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Speak Up! Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)

$2,000 August 15, 2024 See Details
 

Speak Up! Scholarship

National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS)

award

$2,000

deadline

August 15, 2024
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Alfred University Competition Scholarship

Alfred University

Up to $2,500 Varies See Details
 

Alfred University Competition Scholarship

Alfred University

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Up to $2,500

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Betty June Silconas Poetry Endowment Scholarship

Sussex County Community College

$1,000 July 10, 2024 See Details
 

Betty June Silconas Poetry Endowment Scholarship

Sussex County Community College

award

$1,000

deadline

July 10, 2024
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Joshua Adrian Garland Memorial Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

$1,000 February 28, 2025 See Details
 

Joshua Adrian Garland Memorial Scholarship

Pellissippi State Technical Community College

award

$1,000

deadline

February 28, 2025
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Writers of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard Foundation

Up to $6,000 June 30, 2024 See Details
 

Writers of the Future Contest

L. Ron Hubbard Foundation

award

Up to $6,000

deadline

June 30, 2024
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Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

$500 February 16, 2025 See Details
 

Francisco "Frank" Maestas Memorial Scholarship

New Mexico Highlands University

award

$500

deadline

February 16, 2025
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The Willa Cather Foundation For Student Research Scholarship

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Fund

$400 Varies See Details
 

The Willa Cather Foundation For Student Research Scholarship

Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial and Educational Fund

award

$400

deadline

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