Scholarship Essays 2016

If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Scholars Helping Collars

Deadline: 2/15/18
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Brighter Future Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.

Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”

Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Love Your Career Scholarship

Deadline: 9/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.

Learn more about the Love Your Career Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

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Begin this year with plenty of scholarship opportunities for a better tomorrow. A better tomorrow – that’s exactly what we, at Fastweb, want for you. After all, isn’t that the reason scholarships exist in the first place?

Kick off your New Year on a great note – starting with plenty of scholarship opportunities for every student. There are endless possibilities with new and exciting scholarship opportunities in 2016, including the opportunities listed below.

Let’s make 2016 the year YOU win a scholarship!

All it takes is some hard work, determination and effort towards your scholarship applications. Remember, don’t even think about giving up if you don’t win right away – that’s not a scholarship winner’s attitude.

Start your New Year off right by applying for the below 2016 scholarships but make sure you don’t stop there! Be sure to keep checking out your 2016 scholarship matches for even more opportunities to make this year count.

Below, find a selection of the many scholarships available in 2016 to get you started off on the right foot – and the right financial path – this year:

Note: remember to keep checking back, too, because we’ll keep updating with new and exciting scholarship opportunities!

Looking for 2017 scholarships, instead? You can find a long list here.

$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Caption a Pet Pic to Protect Animals from Secondhand Smoke

Deadline: 5/31/16
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000

You could win an easy $5,000 scholarship just by taking a pic of an animal and giving it a caption to show how secondhand smoke affects pets’ health! By captioning a cute pic (“Smoke makes life RUFF for dogs!”) you can be part of the movement to finish smoking for good. By participating, you’ll also automatically enter to win a $5,000 scholarship. Purrfect!

Get more information on the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Caption a Pet Pic to Protect Animals from Secondhand Smoke .

Rover College Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Rover College Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college freshman, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 400 and 500 words that answers the question: “Sharing economy companies like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and Rover have seen a big rise in popularity over the last few years. How do you think the sharing economy will change in the next 5 years? What impacts do you think it will have on the lives of college students, both in big cities and small towns?”

Get more information on the Rover College Scholarship.

Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize

Deadline: 6/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize is open to undergraduate, graduate, and first- year postdoctoral students attending colleges or universities anywhere in the world. You must submit a research paper or bibliographic study (7,500 word limit) related to the history of cartography. In addition to a cash award, the winner will receive a one- year membership in the Washington Map Society and have his/ her paper published in “The Portolan,” the journal of the Washington Map Society.

Get more information on the Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize.

Because College is Expensive Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The $500 “Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to all students (seniors in high school, current undergrads and grad students) and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per person is all that is necessary.

Get more information on the Because College is Expensive Scholarship.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: 160 Awards of $1,000

The CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes is open to high school and college students. To enter, you must enroll in the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS educational resource program.

Get more information on the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.

Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 6/30/16
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest is available to high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a college or university.

You must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which raises awareness of the severity of the consequences of drunk driving among your peers to qualify for this award.

The video must be uploaded to YouTube and be no longer than three minutes long.

Get more information on the Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest.

You, Me and Poetry Scholarship Slam

Deadline: 7/13/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

April is National Poetry Month — the largest literary celebration in the world! — and we want you to help us celebrate. Share with us your unique poetry experience. Writing unites us all, but we have different reasons for why it is important to us. What do poetry and being a poet mean to you? Why did you decide to become a poet? How did poetry enter your life in the first place? Maybe there was a specific poem that struck you, or you just found a connection with your pen and paper (or keyboard) and couldn’t stop writing. Tell us in a poem your personal poetry story for your chance to win.

Get more information on the You, Me and Poetry Scholarship Slam.

James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: 5 Awards from $100-$5,000

The James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students at colleges / universities in the United States.

To be considered, you must submit an essay on the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer.

Some suggested topics for your essay are:

• Why are alternative therapies used by cancer patients when they are not FDA approved?

• Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer?

• Should medicinal medicine and folk knowledge have any relevancy in cancer?

• It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market.
  Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?

Get more information on the James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19.

To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, “How My Passions Impact the World” to be presented at your local Optimist Club’s contest.

Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are in good academic standing.

You must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant, have been accepted to or applied to a study abroad program or internship and plan to study abroad for at least four weeks in one country in order to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students is available to students who are from a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

You must be attending a participating school of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, nursing or a related allied health field to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the HRSA Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students.

Invite a Friend to Fastweb

Award: $500
Deadline: Last day of each month; Refreshes monthly
Available to: All Fastweb Members

You and a friend could win $500! Simply invite a friend to join Fastweb. Once your friend completes the registration, you’re both entered to win $500.

Learn how you can Invite a Friend to Fastweb and qualify you and a friend for $500.

Looking for scholarships in 2017? You can find the list here.

Need Money to Pay for College?

Every semester, Fastweb helps thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants, and internships, for which they actually qualify. You'll find high value scholarships like VIP Voice's $5,000 Scholarship, and easy to enter scholarships like Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship, and internships with companies like Apple, Google, Dreamworks, and even NASA!

Join today to get matched to scholarships or internships for you!


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