It’s a pretty safe assumption that everyone planning to
apply for scholarships is able to write. It is difficult to get very far
in high school or college without at least some rudimentary written communication
skills. It’s certainly impossible to make it through the ACT, SAT, or
college application process without them. So when you come across
essay scholarships or other writing scholarships it can be easy to get
discouraged and think that there’s going to be way too much competition and you
have no chance of winning. After all, everyone can write. However, not everyone
is willing or able to put in the effort required to write well. Based on that simple
truth, writing scholarships become excellent
scholarship opportunities for those students dedicated and diligent enough
to write a scholarship-worthy essay.
Winning scholarships is possible, especially
when you put a bit of effort into your writing. Scholarships are often awarded based
on some basic and fairly universal criteria of verbal ability—things you’ve probably
heard your English teachers emphasize again and again. When writing scholarship
essays, be mindful of the rules of spelling and grammar, as well as essay structure
and organization. Have an introduction and conclusion, stick with one main idea
per paragraph, and use source support where necessary. Inject some style, but don’t
go for an extremely informal tone unless the
essay contest specifically calls for one. Check out our other
resources on writing scholarships for more tips on how to
pay for school with your mastery of the written word.
AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
March 01, Annually
Science and technology increasingly shape our world. New discoveries and inventions have exciting outcomes, but can also lead to unexpected consequences. Science writers have the opportunity to explain those discoveries, and what they mean, to the public. Even though science is a global activity, the demographics of the journalists who cover it don't reflect that diversity. AAAS offers the [...] More
Matters of Life & Death Scholarship Writing Contest
May 15, Annually
The goals of the Matters of Life & Death Scholarship Writing Contest are to help California students develop awareness of the issues surrounding end-of-life decision-making and to financially assist college-bound scholars. Each applicant must answer the question: Why do I need an advance directive when I turn 18?
To participate in the Matters of Life & Death Scholarship Writing Contest you must [...] More
New York Financial Writers' Association Scholarship
April 15, Annually
The New York Financial Writers Association Scholarships are for journalism students in the New York City metropolitan area who wish to pursue a career in business or financial journalism.
Applicants should follow these directions:
- Complete application providing your present address and telephone number and, if different, your permanent home address and telephone number. Applications should be [...] More
Play Writing Contest
March 01, Annually
WRITE A PLAY! NYC, the New York City School Playwriting Contest, is open to all NYC students. Plays are judged in three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. All entrants receive a Certificate of Merit, a written evaluation of the play and an invitation to the annual Awards Ceremony.
Plays must be submitted by students, not teachers. There are no restrictions on length, style, or [...] More