Last Updated: July 18, 2012
by Andrea Cerny
Now that school’s out, you might have some extra time on your hands. Why not take advantage of some of that extra time by applying for a whole bunch of scholarships?!
Essay contests aren’t always the same as scholarships. For scholarships, the prizes are most often awarded directly to the institution the winner is attending to ensure it goes toward tuition and associated fees. Often, the prizes for essay contests are awarded directly to the recipient. These awards are excellent for use towards other educational costs that scholarship money might not be eligible to cover, such as room and board, books, and supplies.
Essay contests sometimes require a bit more effort to apply for than scholarships do. Because of this, students sometimes shy away from them and instead look for scholarships that require less effort. Try not to fall into that trap! Free money for your education is worth any effort you can give. Remember, when it comes to scholarship money, you only get what you give! The more effort you put into your scholarship search, the more likely you are to receive more benefits.
Here are some tips for applying to an essay contest:
Read and follow the directions. Word and page count rules are especially important in essay contests.
Research and brainstorm. Be sure you know what you are talking about before you start, and make sure the subject matter you decide on matches the assigned topic.
Write multiple drafts. After your first draft, set it aside for a while. Then go back to it to make any necessary revisions.
Proofread. After you’re finished with your final draft, go over it again to look for errors. See if a parent, friend, teacher, or guidance counselor can proofread it for you as well.
Make your essay stand out. Start off with an attention-grabber, and make sure your essay contains memorable and unique elements that will stick with the judges after they’ve finished reading it.
Now that you’re armed with this information, check out some great essay contests that you can enter right now!
1. Independence Day Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: July 2 Award: $250 – $5,000
The topic: “I declare! What it took to declare our independence.”
2. Hands Along the Nile Essay Contest
Deadline: July 3 Award: $750 – $4,000
The topic: “What lessons can American politicians and people learn from the Egyptian Revolution? Particular consideration will be given to answers which cover both social and political lessons.”
3. DirectTextbook.com Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: July 15 Award: $250 – $2,500
The topic: “What is a principle? How are principles important to your life?”
4. Womenetics Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship
Deadline: July 27 Award: $1,500 – $5,000
The topic: “Creating Effective Leadership for the 21st Century: Popular Culture and Positive Role Models for Women and Girls.”
5. DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship
Deadline: July 31 Award: $500
The topic: “How will you draw upon your cultural heritage to shape your vocational aspirations, offer creative value to your future employer, and serve your community?”
6. Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest
Deadline: July 31 Award: $250 – $1,000
The topic: “Did Lincoln free the slaves? In light of the complicated path he pursued to reach the milestone of the Emancipation Proclamation, does Lincoln really deserve his reputation as the Great Emancipator?”
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Original Post Date: June 26th, 2012