Essay Contests For High School Seniors
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Essay Contests For High School Seniors

If you want to become a better writer, it is up to you to nourish your creative impulses. Even if your grades do not reflect your potential, it may surprise you to know that not having great grades may not disqualify you from receiving scholarships and educational grants. This is particularly the case for young writers, whose versatility and creativity is in high demand. If you are soon going to graduate from high school, do yourself a favor and begin preparing for your future: read on and apply to these essay scholarships, many of which reward winners with cash prizes that will help you offset your college tuition costs. Make sure you get organized and apply early!

The Holocaust Remembrance Project, sponsored by the Holland and Knight Charitable Foundation, is a contest aiming to highlight the struggles of Jewish people during the Holocaust. This contest, which boasts cash prices starting at $2,500.00, has found widespread support from the Jewish community, including Holocaust survivors.

Another is the Ayn Rand Essay Writing Contest, a popular competition sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute. Topics for the essay address the themes of Rand's wildly popular novels "The Fountainhead" and "Atlas Shrugged," as well as others. Applicants must read these books and then apply them to real situations, as demonstrated with their essays, for a first place cash prize of $10,000. Other smaller prizes are available for essays about Rand's novella, "Anthem."

The Resolve To Evolve Scholarship is available to students who have already been accepted into a university, and awards winners with $1,000 towards tuition. The winning essay will also be read by political officials, many of whom will often contribute financial assistance. The essay topics for this contest are usually focused on societal issues and their solutions.

The Alvin Cox Memorial Scholarship was inspired by Alvin Cox, a teacher who inspired many students to fight for their dreams to attend college. Applicants must write about why they are pursuing a college education, and how financial assistance will benefit them. While prizes for this scholarship are lower than for other competitions, the honor of receiving this prize is undeniable, and in any case, every little bit helps. All applicants must be at least 19 and be enrolled with, at minimum, three credit hours in their college.

Finally, the National Peace Essay Contest is for students interested in the politics of international peacekeeping. Participants can receive up to $10,000 for their winning essay.


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