Essay Scholarships

Many students dread the essay portion of their application. This means that they often put the essay off or write it hastily. Both of these are mistakes that can lead to lower quality essays. Instead of viewing it as one more thing to do (after all, your time is already stretched so thin), try to see it as a unique opportunity to inform the selection committee about your worldview, qualifications, interests, and hobbies.

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship Fund: This scholarship was created to honor Mary Grant, who had an avid interest in writing. The scholarship is only available to undergraduate students at Tufts university. Students who show an interest in genealogy, writing, and creative writing are given priority. This scholarship is offered through the English department at Tufts. Additional information is available at this website.

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest: This scholarship is open to high school students who are of Native American descent. In order to apply, applicants must submit an essay entry based on the prompt for the current year. Essays may not exceed 1,200 words. The current prompt requires that students think about what role they should take in advancing Native American initiatives. This scholarship provides writing tips for students. Every year, four prizes are offered for the top essays. The award includes a $2,500 scholarship for college as well as a paid trip to the National Museum of American Indian in Washington, D.C. In order to be eligible, students must be a current high school student in grades 9-12. Students must be a member of a Native American community. Students who are interested in applying must submit a completed application prior to April 30th. Additional information can be found at this website.

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials Scholarship Essay Contest: This scholarship was created to enhance awareness of the importance of the plumbing industry. In order to be eligible, applicants must be in their final year of high school. Students who are currently enrolled in a college or vocational program are also eligible for this scholarship. In order to apply, students must write an essay that is between 800 to 1,600 words on the current prompt. The prompt for this year requires students to think about which division they feel is making the largest impact. Students can e-mail their essay and cover page to essay@iapmo.org prior to May 1st in order to be considered for this award. In addition, students must show a copy of their full-time schedule in order to prove that they are eligible for this scholarship. All essays must be types and double spaced. Students are able to cite provided that they give credit to the original source. Additional information is available at this website.

Many scholarships that are not specifically essay scholarships require an essay as a component of the application. Thus, should be sure to leave enough time to fully answer the prompt and proof read their work. This will increase the applicant’s chance of winning an essay scholarship.