Writing Scholarships

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
Application Deadlines: 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
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
The goals of the Matters of Life & Death Scholarship Writing Contest are to help California students develop awareness of the issues surrounding aid in dying and to financially assist college-bound scholars. Each applicant must answer the question: Why should a mentally competent, terminally ill adult family member have the right to choose aid in dying? What would you say to another family member [...] More

New York Financial Writers' Association Scholarship
Application Deadlines: 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

Write A Play! New York City Playwriting Contest
Application Deadlines: March 02, 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

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