College Scholarships Essay Contests

Win Scholarship Money Now! 10 Essay Contests for High School Sophomores and Juniors

by MyCollegeGuide.org

Learn how to win college scholarship money now with these 10 essay contests for high school sophomores and juniors.

Opportunities abound for high school sophomores and juniors to write essays and win college scholarship money. For potential pay-days as big as $10,000, it’s time well-spent.

My College Guide has gathered a list of 10 essay contests that high school sophomores and juniors can participate in. Be sure to check each contest’s website for complete rules and deadlines. Now, get your laptop ready and start writing!

American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Write an essay for this prestigious national essay contest for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State and full tuition to cover a Semester at Sea voyage once you enroll at an accredited university. Any high school student can enter. New essay contest rules and the application are posted in November each year. The deadline is typically in April.

Bennington Young Writers Awards: Students in grades 10 through 12 can participate in this writing contest. Choose from one of three categories: poetry, fiction or nonfiction personal or academic essay. The deadline is usually November 1 each year. Top prize is $500.

DuPont Challenge Science Essay Contest: Middle school and high school students can participate in this essay contest. Write an essay on a science-related topic on one of four of the identified challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment and being innovative. The deadline is typically in February each year. Prizes range from a $250 U.S. Savings Bond to a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. First, second and third place winners also receive a trip to Orlando.

EGirl Essay Contest: The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online.

First Freedom Student Competition: Write an essay (or create a video) about a topic examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. Top prize is $2,500. The deadline is usually in November each year.

The Fountainhead Essay Contest: High school juniors can read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and write an essay on one of three topics. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000. The entry deadline is typically in April.

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest: Write an essay on a U.S. elected official “who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.” The winner gets $10,000, second place gets $1,000 and up to five finalists receive $500 each. The deadline is typically in early January each year.

George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest: The National Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsors this annual essay contest. Students compete at the state and national levels. You must write an essay on a topic related to the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. The top national winner receives $2,000. State/local deadlines are usually by no later than December 31 each year, but these deadlines can vary depending on location.

National Peace Essay Contest: The U.S. Institute of Peace offers this contest. First-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $1,000 scholarship. National award winners receive $2,500 to $10,000. Essays are typically due in February.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Apply in one of 28 categories to earn a scholarship and have your artwork exhibited or writing published. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. New submissions are typically accepted beginning in September each year. Deadlines vary by region and contest.

for the opportunity to win $5,000 towards the college of your choice.

Submit your three page essay answering the following question:

Out of the Easy references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield. How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in “Out of the Easy” and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.— Charles Dickens

No purchase necessary

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

SUBMISSIONS

  •  Please be sure to see full details and complete Official Rules at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com.
  • Essays must be exactly three double-spaced pages, single or double sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around.
  • Essays must be submitted by entrant’s English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must submit their entries through their parent or legal guardian.
  • Entries may be uploaded to http://www.OutoftheEasy.com
  • Uploaded entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

Entries may also be mailed to:

Penguin Young Readers Group
School and Library Marketing
345 Hudson Street
New York, New York 10014
Attn.: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Mailed entries must be postmarked no later than May 24, 2015, and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  •  Winner will be selected on or about June 8, 2015.
  • Void where prohibited by law.

PRIZE

One winner will receive a check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars to be used toward winner’s college tuition made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending (ARV = $5,000.00).

JUDGING

Five (5) finalists will be selected by Sponsor, and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Sponsor.  Entries will be judged based upon the writer’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters and on style, content, grammar and originality.

Official Rules for the Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT ENHANCE YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO WIN.

Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.

HOW TO ENTER

  1. To enter theOut of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest (the “Contest”), read these Official Rules and write an essay based on the following topic:

Out of the Easy, by Ruta Sepetys (the “Author”), references the following quote from Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield: “Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.” How does this quote relate to the journey of the characters in Out of the Easy and also to your personal journey as you prepare for college?

  1. Essays must be submitted as exactly three double-spaced pages in length (no more or less), single or double-sided pages, in 12-point Times Roman with one-inch margins all around. Full-time matriculated students must have their essays submitted by their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor. Home-schooled students must have their essays submitted through their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Essays may be uploaded to the essay contest page at http://www.OutoftheEasy.com. All submissions must be accompanied by the entry form, which should include: the student’s first and last name, grade, mailing address, home telephone number, email address, school name, and name, telephone and email address of their English teacher, school librarian, guidance counselor or other college application mentor, or if home-schooled, the name, telephone and email address of their parent or legal guardian.
  1. Entries may also be mailed to Penguin Young Readers Group, School and Library Marketing, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest with all entry information as noted above. Entrants will receive an email from schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com to let them know that their submissions have been received.
  1. Contest begins January 1, 2015. To be eligible, all emailed entries must be received no later than May 30, 2015, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time. All mailed entries must be postmarked by May 24, 2015 and received on or by May 30, 2015.
  1. Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
  1. Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete or damaged. Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc. (“Sponsor”) assumes no responsibility for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries. Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies are not responsible for technical malfunctions of any kind which may limit the ability to participate, or by any human error which may occur in the processing of the entries. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, Sponsor shall have the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest.

JUDGING

  1. On or about July 15, 2015, five (5) finalists will be selected by a panel of qualified judges chosen by Sponsor., and then one out of the five will be determined to be the winning essay by the Author.
  1. Entries will be judged based upon the entrant’s understanding of one of the book’s central themes, the journeys of the characters, and on style, content, grammar and originality. Equal weight will be given to each criterion. The decision of the judges, Author and Sponsor with respect to the selection of the winner and in regard to all matters relating to this Contest shall be final and binding.
  1. Winner will be personally notified by the Author via a conference call arranged by Sponsor.

PRIZE

  1. One winner will receive a scholarship check in the amount of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) to be applied toward the winner’s college tuition, to be made payable to the college/university that the winner will be attending. In order to receive the prize, winner will be required to provide Sponsor with proof of acceptance at such college/university, such as an acceptance letter or other such proof. Total Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) of prize = $5,000.00.
  1. In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prize.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories and possessions.
  1. Employees of Sponsor, Author and their parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.

GENERAL

  1. No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
  1. All expenses, including taxes (if any), related to receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winner.
  1. Winner may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The Affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or winner will forfeit the prize and another winner will be selected. If a selected winner is under eighteen (18) years of age, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winner’s chosen college or university shall be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form, in connection with its receipt of the $5,000.00 prize
  1. By accepting a prize, the winner grants to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use his/her entry in connection with this Contest, and to further use the winner’s name, likeness and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
  1. By participating in the Contest and/or accepting the prize, contestants release Sponsor, the Author, their parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them, from any liability, injury, damages, cost or expense, including reasonable attorney’s fees, arising out of or connected to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of any prizes.
  1. Any dispute arising from this Contest will be determined according to the laws of the State of New York, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering, the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.

WINNER INFORMATION

For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 9, 2015 to School and Library Marketing, Penguin Young Readers Group, 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention:Out of the Easy College Scholarship Essay Contest Winner Information.

 

SPONSOR

School and Library Marketing

Penguin Young Readers Group

A Division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC

345 Hudson Street

New York, New York 10014

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