Writing Scholarships

Most scholarships applicants who apply for scholarships have good writing skills. Without basic writing and communication skills, it would be difficult to make it through high school, let alone go to college. It would definitely be impossible to score well on the ACT, SAT, or the college application process without good writing skills. When applying for scholarships that involve essays or writing of any sort, do not doubt your chances of winning. Though many students can write well, not many applicants put in the effort to do so. Because of this, applications that involve writing or are purely essay-based are excellent scholarship opportunities for students who are diligent enough to write a scholarship worthy essay.

Winning scholarships is possible and students' chances are increased when they invest time and effort into their applications. Scholarships are often awarded based on basic criteria of written and verbal ability. When writing scholarship essays, be mindful of spelling, grammar, essay structure, and content. Provide a clear and concise introduction and conclusion, with one main idea per paragraph. Make sure the theme of your essay clearly addresses the topic provided on the application, and use sources if necessary. Have a clear writing style, and avoid being generic unless an essay contest states otherwise. Check out our other resources on writing scholarships for more tips on how to pay for college with the help of your writing skills.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy. There will be three cash prizes in each quarter: a first place prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $750, and a third place [...] More

New York Financial Writers' Association Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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. Complete the application providing your present address and telephone number and, if different, your permanent home address and telephone number. Applications should be available at your department or the NYFWA [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third [...] More

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Colleges Waiving SAT and ACT Requirements for Merit Scholarships

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by Izzy Hall

Many colleges have waived SAT and ACT score requirements for high school seniors currently applying to college due to how difficult it has been to sign up for standardized testing during the coronavirus pandemic. Now some colleges are also waiving standardized test score requirements when awarding merit scholarships to incoming students. Instead of requiring SAT and ACT scores, these schools will award scholarships based on high school GPA. [...]

Last Reviewed: September 2020

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