College Prowler Monthly Essay Contest

If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

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.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Scholars Helping Collars

Deadline: 2/15/18
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Brighter Future Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.

Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”

Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Love Your Career Scholarship

Deadline: 9/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.

Learn more about the Love Your Career 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.

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.

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Stuck at Prom Scholarship

What Is It: Sponsored by Duck Tape, this is a contest to design and create prom outfits using Duck Tape® and wear them to prom for a chance to win a college scholarship.

 

Who Can Enter: Entrants must be legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Maryland, Vermont, Colorado and the Province of Quebec, who are at least 14 years of age or older. You must also attend a high school, home school association or other school-sanctioned prom in the 2016 calendar year.

 

What Are the Prizes: First Place: $10,000. Second Place: $5,000. Third Place: $3,000. Runners-Up: $1,000. Singles Winners: $1,000.

 

Selection Criteria: The top ten entries are selected by judges based on: Workmanship (20%), Originality (20%), Use of Color (20%), Accessories (20%), Use of Duct Tape (20%). Online voting of the top ten finalists is used to select winners.

 

Important Deadlines: Entries open in early April and close at the end of May. Ten finalists are announced in mid-June, and voting closes during the beginning of July. Winners are announced in mid-July.

 

Foreclosure.com Scholarship Contest

What Is It: This is an essay contest responding to an annual prompt always somehow related to the housing industry.

 

Who Can Enter: The contest is open to legal residents of the fifty United States, the U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico who are thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application and who are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited, post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university, or trade school).

 

What Are the Prizes: Four winners will each receive a scholarship prize in the amount of $1,000. One of the five winners will be awarded an additional $5,000 top prize.

 

Selection criteria: Entries are judge on writing ability (25 percent), creativity (25 percent), originality (25 percent), and overall excellence (25 percent). In the event of a tie, the essay with the higher overall excellence score will be declared the winner.

 

Important Deadlines: Beginning in early February of each year, students submit a completed scholarship application along with an original, previously unpublished response to the scholarship topic online at the Foreclosure.com website no later than mid-December.

 

Flavor of the Month Scholarship

What Is It: This contest, held annually during the National Ice Cream Month of July, asks entrants to submit a written response of 250 words or less to the question:

 

Summer and ice cream go hand-in-hand. In fact, July is National Ice Cream Month, and that’s the inspiration behind this award. We think people are very similar to ice cream; some are nutty, others a little exotic, while some are very comforting. If you were an ice cream flavor, which would you be and why?

 

Who Can Enter: Entrants must be 13 years of age or older at the time of application and must be legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia. To be eligible, entrants need to be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

 

What Are the Prizes: One $1,500 scholarship

 

Selection Criteria: A qualified panel of judges will select one winner based on the criteria of writing ability (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). In the event of a tie, the winner will be the Applicant with the higher score for overall excellence.

 

Important Deadlines: Beginning July 31, 2016, entrants may submit a complete scholarship application online at the Sponsor’s Website. Entries must be received no later than July 31, 2017 and winners are announced by November.

 

Facing Acne Scholarship

What Is It: Applicants submit a short video answering the questions below.

 

Videos should be kept to five minutes or less. Questions to address are:

 

  1. How has the Internet changed the way you take care of your health?
  2. What future developments do you hope to see in the use of the Internet as a tool for maintaining and improving your health?

 

Who Can Enter: To enter, you must be a high school senior (home schooling is accepted) in the U.S. OR a college student currently enrolled in an accredited U.S.- based college or university. You must also be a U.S. Citizen, have a high school diploma (or GED) or expect to receive one before the 2017-2018 school year, be working towards a degree at an accredited U.S. Based college or university, or planning to do so, and have and maintain a 3.00 GPA.

 

What Are the Prizes: One $2,000 scholarship is awarded.

 

Selection Criteria: The video that thoroughly answers the questions given in the most original, creative, entertaining and informative way will win the scholarship. Presentation is important. Not only should the video be creative, entertaining and informative, but also remember that editing and production are important. That means you don’t want to just talk to the camera the whole time. Your response should clearly answer the questions above, but it should do so in a creative way. Be original, use different locations, effects and transitions, and of course, make sure the video and audio quality are up to par.

 

Important Deadlines: The deadline for entry is March 31, 2017, 11:59 pm PST.

 

Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship

What Is It: This is an essay contest that asks entrants to write a response in 250 words or less to the prompt:

 

Imagine that your high school/college has been overrun with Zombies. Your math professor, the cafeteria ladies and even your best friend have all joined the walking dead. Use your brain to flesh out a plan to avoid the Zombies, including where you would hide and the top 5 things you would bring with you to stay alive.

 

Who Can Enter: Contest is open to U.S. Citizens who are at least 13 years old. Entrants must be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2021) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education.

 

What Are the Prizes: One $2,000 college scholarship.

 

Selection Criteria: A qualified panel of judges will select one winner based on the criteria of writing ability (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%). In the event of a tie, the winner will be the Applicant with the higher score for overall excellence.

 

Important Deadlines: Essays and applications must be submitted by October 31, 2017. The Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around January 31, 2017.

 

As you can see from the above list, there are plenty of non-traditional scholarships out there. From vegetarian advocates to duck calling experts to avid fans of the Walking Dead who are already planning for the apocalypse, there is something out there to suit almost any interest. You just need to know where to look.

 

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