Year Round Scholarships for Writers

Here’s an awesome list of scholarships from December to November!

Cross Lites Scholarship 

This an end of year scholarship that is based on “Dr. Parker’s quotes” which includes “If you aim at nothing, you’re sure to hit it” type of quotes. The contest goes through a round of judges as well as voting from family and friends.

Due December 31

Letters to Literature

I was a state finalist for this contest my sophomore year, but this time I want to win. This contest is about writing a reflective letter to an author who wrote an inspiring book or inspired you.

Due January 9 annually

Optimist International Essay Contest

The award for this essay contest is tremendous including the fact that you may win around $2,000 in scholarship. Applicants will have to join their local Optimist club and then write an essay on the given topic such as “chasing optimism in the face of challenges.”

Due February 28

United States Institute of Peace Essay Contest

This is an essay contest with almost 56 awards including honorable mentions. Applicants have to write an essay relating the refugee/IDP crisis in a given country.” The essay does come along with a long application process but it’s well worth it.

Due March 15

Unigo’s All About Education Scholarship 

This contest features a short essay, 250 words or less, that’s all about your interpretation of education. It’s basically a “why is winning this scholarship important to you” kind of thing. It’s sweet and simple and $3,000 toward your education!

Due April 30

On the Gas – The Art, Science and Culture of Food Scholarship 

This was, by far, one of the most interesting essay scholarships I found. Writing a fascinating essay, 1,500 words, on this unique topic can get you $750. Applicants write an article related to food and drink, or anything related to food or beverage marketing.

Due May 15

Vinyl Fence Wholesaler Hockey Essay Scholarship

You can win $1,000 in scholarship money by writing about how playing hockey prepares you for the workplace. Hockey player? Looking at you!

Due June 1

NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Contest

The National Rifle Association and the National Foundation for Women Legislators are teaming up to allow six female juniors or seniors in high school an all-expense paid trip to D.C and scholarship money with an award winning essay.

Due July 10

Once Upon a Poem Scholarship Slam 

Are you a great poet? Do you express a talent in poetry? This scholarship for poets features a gratifying reward of $1,000. Sign up with Poetry Power by August 30.

Due August 30

#She’s Conservative Essay Contest

If you’re a high school senior or college student enrolled in a undergraduate program, this essay contest is an exciting opportunity to write up to 1,000 words on conservation and win $1,000.

Due September 27

$1,000 College Jump Start Scholarship 

This short and sweet writing contest is a great way to win $1,000. Applicants write a personal statement based on community service or educational goals and the application process is also hassle-free – for high school sophomores to seniors.

Due October 17

Courage to Grow Scholarship 

Applicants will write a 250-word essay based on the prompt with changes each month. The award is $500. Keep in mind – if you don’t win, keep trying! This is a scholarship offered each month!

Due November 30



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