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The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship

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The Resolve to Evolve Scholarship is about more than just making resolutions — it's about creating change and furthering our evolution as individuals and a society. We must resolve to proactively and progressively confront challenges, however daunting. The "R2E" essay scholarship is an opportunity to move beyond finger-pointing and offer constructive criticism and workable solutions for problems facing an administration or an organization.

Part I

Entry must be a response of no more than 5,000 characters to one of the following two-part questions:

Question #1

With proposed minimum wage hikes, jobs that are ideal for supporting youth, high school and college students are now less available - but are more available for individuals trying to support their families in a struggling economy. It is important to consider the pros and cons of Fight for $15, including: who would benefit and what would happen to employers and employees. As a current or prospective student seeking to earn a degree and pay for college, do you think the minimum wage should be increased? What would be the long-term results of the decision?

Question #2

Time is money, and while it may seem commonplace to graduate college within four years, only 19 percent of students earn their degree in that time. On average, it takes students six years to complete an undergraduate degree. Students seldom take advantage of the shortcuts that could help reduce time spent in college: such as taking summer courses at community college or cutting back extracurricular and social involvement. In your opinion, what factors contribute to the never-ending college education, and how do you propose students finish their degree within four years?

Only original, unpublished essays will be accepted. Any writing found to be anything other than an original work of the applicant will be disqualified.

Part II

Please submit a response of no more than 1,200 characters that addresses why attending college is important and outlines the applicant’s academic and career goals. Please also include an answer to the following question:

What do you feel will be your biggest obstacle in attending college and how do you think obtaining a college degree will help you reach your goals?

Part III (for finalists only)

If selected as a finalist, applicant must provide proof of enrollment (i.e., official/unofficial transcripts, printouts of courses or certificate of enrollment/admittance from high school) as well as a letter of reference that specifically addresses the applicant’s potential and provides support for receipt of scholarship assistance. This letter cannot be from a relative (ask a teacher, employer, supervisor or coach) and we recommend securing all documents as soon as possible; this will expedite the award process if applicant is selected as a finalist.


The Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship is open to all United States citizens who are registered users of Scholarships.com, will be enrolled in high school during the 2015-2016 academic year and will be between the ages 13 and 19 at the time the scholarship is awarded.

Entries will be accepted only within the application dates and are limited to one per person. Entries do not carry over to subsequent contests but applicants are welcome to submit future entries if their essay is not chosen. Once an applicant has won, they are no longer eligible for future Scholarships.com-sponsored scholarships. All submissions from past winners will be automatically disqualified and discarded. Once submitted, all entries become the property of the Scholarships.com.


The applicant who submits the best overall essay will receive a $2,000 scholarship. One (1) winner will also be selected from each grade level (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and will receive a $1,000 scholarship each.

Applicants may begin submitting their materials on September 1, 2015. The deadline for entries is December 1, 2015. Finalists will be notified in mid-December for additional materials. Winners will be announced and awarded in late December.

Submission Method

All essays must be entered online through the submission form on Scholarships.com. Copy the text of essay from its original document and paste it into the designated boxes of the online submission form. Part One must consist of no more than 5,000 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and Part Two should be no more than 1,200 characters (including spaces and punctuation). Spelling and grammar do count; please provide the necessary checks prior to submission.

View past winners of the Scholarships.com Resolve to Evolve Essay Scholarship.

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Last Edited: September 2015

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