The Fountainhead Essay Contest

The Fountainhead Essay Contest

When you’re in school, book reports are worth little more than a headache. When you’re applying for college scholarships and grants, they're worth a lot of money---especially when you apply for The Foutainhead Essay Contest. Students who submit their essays can win up to $10,000! That’s a pretty good incentive to write, even if you’re not a fan of scholarship essay contests.

Before beginning, students will have to carefully read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Once they’re finished, they can choose between three book-related questions and write about their subject of choice. Myriad scholarship prizes are up for grabs.


1. One $10,000 grand prize 2. Five $2,000 second prizes 3. Ten $1,000 third prizes 4. Forty-Five $100 prizes 5. One Hundred and Seventy-Five $50 prizes


1. Applicants must be high school juniors or high school seniors. 2. Applicants may not be members or immediate family members of Ayn Rand Institute employees. 3. The essay must be the original work of the applicant. 4. Applicants may only submit one essay, and previous first-place winners may not reapply.


April 25, 2008 (must be postmarked by date)

Required Material:

1. A typed, double-spaced essay that is between 800 and 1,600 words in length.  2. A stapled cover sheet that includes the chosen topic number and the name, address, email, high school name/address and current grade level of the applicant.

Further details about the application process and about contacting the scholarship provider can be found by conducting a free college scholarship search. Once the search is completed, students eligible for the award will find it in their scholarship list. 

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