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Scholarship Poetry Contest

September 7, 2007

by Paulina Mis

Wooing a girl with poetry may be a bit seventeenth century, but today’s students can still take advantage of their creative talents. Scholarship poetry contests are common, and writing a poem sure sounds more fun than writing an essay on, let’s say, how Lincoln’s study of law prepared him for the challenges of presidency (those who disagree may visit Scholarships.com to see if they are eligible.) If you can do better than the trite “Roses are red” love tribute, you may have a shot at winning money for college. Take those poems out of your diary, and share them with the world: it can pay off.

Below are four scholarships for the poets at heart. For other options, you can conduct a scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

Poetry Out Loud Scholarship: Competitive students will like this one. A Poetry Out Loud Contest winner must compete at the classroom level before advancing to the school level. After that, winners move on to the state and then finally get to compete at the National Finals. State winners will receive $200 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington to compete in the national competition (the runners-up will win $100). At the National Finals, a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school grants will be awarded.

Live Poets Society of New Jersey: This is an annual poetry contest for students with a poetic flair and a passion for expression. If you miss this year’s deadline, just give it another shot next year: all high school students are eligible. There are many prizes so everyone should try. The best poet will receive the “Poet of the Year” $1,000 scholarship. There will also be a first place winner, 4 second place winners, and 6 third place winners. Numerous honorable mention winners and hundreds of regional winners will be recognized.

Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship: The Amy Lowell Scholarship will award students of any age the chance to pursue their education while traveling abroad. Although winners are not required to be enrolled while living abroad, they will not be able to come home either—not even for family visits. Bringing plenty of pictures and singing up for long-distance phone plan is a good idea. The prize is hefty, so those who are willing to cut their strings can make a bundle. For the 2008-2009 year, the award is $49,000. One member of the English Department at Harvard University, two recognized poets and a group of trustees will be judging the entries so proofread twice.

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 on 12/4/2008 3:00:53 AM

Rain is my cover
From the ocean to the sky
Like a blanket falling from heaven
It is like cold icesicle hitting my face when im sad
It is warm milk on my skin when im happy

But you sometimes scare me rain
You turn the sky black in the middle of the day
You throw angry strips of lightning in the clouds
You thrash at the calm water in the lake
You drop like a waterfall hitting the sharp rocks at the bottom

But just as quickly you come, you go
Taking your safe but scary cover with you
Leaving me alone
Alone in my thoughts
Where even silence has sound
A place I dare not stay
For sometimes in my mind I become my own enemy

The song says rain, rain go away
But in my case never leave me ,stay to wash me clean
Stay to cover my tears when I cry
Yes rain you are my cover
My safe wet blanket

People may dislike you
Curse when you come
But me I welcome you
You are my ironic sunshine
Thank you rain

Rebecca J on 11/13/2008 5:15:57 AM

my head is like a crazy maze
as I sit and stare into a daze
My heart is slipping into the grains
as my head goes crazy in the brain
I feel it close but so far away
but my vision is blured into a fade
Alone. Alone. Alone.
by myself in what I call home
I hear the whispers of the wind
and russling leaves in a blend
My mind is going insane
my body aches with pain
One two three it all goes away
In the silence my still body lays.

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