Essay Scholarship Contests

$10,000 Ayn Rand Essay Contest. Site Excerpt: Annual Essay Contest for Ayn Rand's Novel THE FOUNTAINHEAD for 11th and 12th Graders and the ATLAS SHRUGGED contest for 12th Graders and College Students: First Prize: $10,000 Cash Award, Second Prizes: $2,000 Cash Awards, Third Prizes: $1,000 Cash Awards, Finalist Prizes: $100 Cash Awards,  Semifinalist Prizes: $50 Cash Awards.

$1,000 Second Amendment to the Constitution Essay Content - Site Excerpt: Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 10-12) and Junior (grades nine and below), with separate prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First prizes are $1,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds; second prizes, $600 in Savings Bonds; third prizes $200 in Savings Bonds; and honorable mention, $100 in Savings Bonds. December Deadline

$1,000 Gaia Community Autumn Scholarship. Site Excerpt: Gaia Community provides an oasis for those of us committed to waking up, listening to our deepest calling, and living the lives we were meant to live, while empowering and inspiring others to do the same.

$500 Scholarship. Site Excerpt: Scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled or planning to participate in a college, university or graduate school program during the spring/summer/fall term. Students who apply must be a United States citizen or permanent resident with a minimum 2.5 Grade Point Average. Various Deadlines.

$70,000 (in total awards) Mensa Education and Research Essay Scholarship. Site Excerpt: The scholarship process begins during the first week of September and ends with the scholarship application deadline of Jan. 15. No application forms are available at any other time.
$2,000 College Prowler Essay Contest. Site Excerpt: The essay can be on any topic and could be an essay you wrote for a class, another scholarship, the school paper, an admissions essay, etc. Just make sure the essay is 1,000 words or less. New winner every month.


$2,000 Spring Scholarship Site Excerpt: In responding to this question, you must make reference to one book that has had a significant influence on your thoughts concerning this topic. In addition to the guidelines set forth above, we will be looking for well-crafted essays that use correct spelling and good grammar. October Deadline

$20,000 American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program. Site Excerpt: High School Seniors may enter this contest for the opportunity to win 1 of 10 $2,000 Scholarships. Scholarship payable to the winner’s college, university or certified trade school in the United States. Student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall. May Deadline
$5,000 College Week Live Scholarship. Site Excerpt: You can win a college scholarship just for attending CollegeWeekLive! Five students will win college scholarships totaling $10,000, good at any accredited institution! By submitting an Application, you will be registered to participate in the March Deadline
$5,000 Holocaust Remembrance Project. Site Excerpt: First Place winners will participate in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and other historic sites.  In addition, scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded to the first-place national winners. April Deadline
$1,000 - $10,000 National Peace Essay Contest. Site Excerpt: First-place state winners receive college scholarships of $1,000 and also compete for national awards of $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 for first, second, and third place respectively (national awards include state award amounts). February Deadline
$2,500 AFSA High School Essay Contest. Site Excerpt: Analyze and explain how the members of the Foreign Service promote United States national interests by participating in the resolution of major international problems. April Deadline
$1,000 Lincoln Forum Essay Contest. Site Excerpt: The contest is open to anyone, regardless of age or citizenship status, who is enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student in an American college or university. July Deadline


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