At Crossword Hobbyist, we believe in the importance of education for all students–no matter their background. Making a successful crossword puzzle is incredibly challenging. We strive to encourage and reward the creative thinking and hard work that goes into writing crosswords with our annual Crossword Hobbyist Scholarship.
Each year, we award a great prize to one talented student. Instead of the typical essay or proposal, our crossword scholarship is awarded to the best puzzle-maker in the land. To apply, students must create and submit one 15×15 newspaper-style crossword puzzle on Crossword Hobbyist according to the instructions below.
Our annual scholarship winner receives a $1,000 tuition scholarship and a free, lifetime subscription to Crossword Hobbyist. Up to five finalists will also be awarded a free lifetime subscription to Crossword Hobbyist. Semi-finalists will receive an honorable mention on our website. The Crossword Hobbyist Scholarship competition is open to all current or incoming undergraduate students who will be enrolled for the fall 2021 semester or quarter. We verify enrollment with the winner’s school before dispersing the award.
To be considered for competition, all crosswords must be original, written solely by the applicant, and not previously published elsewhere. Additionally, they must be created and published publicly on Crossword Hobbyist following all instructions and guidelines outlined below.
To apply, create a free account on Crossword Hobbyist. Once you log into your account, click on “My Puzzles” in the navigation bar and click the “Create Newspaper Puzzle” button. Finally, set up your puzzle in a 15X15 grid.
Next, write your puzzle! Your original crossword must fit the theme of My Hobby/Interest. We want to know what you’re passionate about and we want to learn it square by square. Your puzzle can cover anything you care about: music, cooking, spirit animals, vintage ceramic buttons, base jumping, skateboarding, cupcakes, homework, retro video games–the sky really is the limit.
The best (and winning) puzzles tend to meet the professional, newspaper-style crossword standards and tips outlined on the link. Puzzles should have a maximum of 78 words. Creators who make puzzles with fewer black squares also increase their odds of winning. Don’t forget to give your puzzle a title, which can provide fun clues to the subject or theme of the crossword. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.