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AES Essay Contest

Not just engineers- general essay prompt

500-1000 words

Grade 12

Past prompt:

Reflecting on your personal experiences and/or circumstances, tell us something about yourself that distinguishes you as a potential scholarship candidate.


October 6, 2017


Elks National Foundation

2013 Most Valuable Student Scholarship .cfm


November 27, 2017

VFW Voice of Democracy

3-5 min audio essay

Grades 9-12

$1000 – 30,000

October 31, 2017

Bennington Young Writers Competition

Poetry, fiction ( short story, 1 act play ) , nonfiction

Grades 10-12


Ist $500

2nd $250

November 1, 2017

We The Students Scholarship Contest

Bill of Rights Institute

Grades 9-12

Essay topic: To what extent in the U.S. does the government have the duty to monitor internet content?


February 5, 2018

Free Speech Essay Contest

FIRE- Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

800-1000 words

Grades 11-12


December 31, 2017


Healthy Lifestyles

Essay Scholarship

Grade 12

3.0 GPA

800-1200 word essay on the impact of nutrition, diet, exercise and/or alternative therapies on personal health


December 1, 2017

American Legion Oratorical Contest

8-10 min speech+

3-5 min assigned topic

Grades 9-12

Speech aspect of the U.S. Constitution, emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government

Top prize $18,000 - national winner, multiple levels of prizes

First contest, the local “Post”, happens in December!

Music Student Scholarship Essay Contest

SBO Magazine

Member of band/orchestra

Essay: 250 words

Grades 9-12

“What would you say to your fellow classmates who are not in the music program - why should they be?”


December 31, 2017


Optimist International



Essay: 700-800 words

Grades 9-12

“Can society function without respect?”


Early February, 2018 - email “ for local club contact

Young Playwrights Inc National Playwriting Competition

Grades 9-12

10 national winners

January 1, 2018

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

1000 words

Grades 9-12

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year JFK was born.

Multiple $500 prizes, Second prize of $1000 and top prize of $10,000 for winner

+ trip to Kennedy Library

January 4, 2018

Scholastic Writing and Arts Awards

11 writing categories

$5 /submission

Grades 9-12

Categories: critical essay, dramatic script, flash fiction, humor, journalism, novel writing, personal essay/memoir, persuasive writing, poetry, short story, portfolio ( seniors only $ 20 )

Regional: Key award; National:


Varies: December 2017 through January 2018

Letters About Literature

Center for the Book- Library of Congress

writing contest; Grades 9-12

Readers write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, about how that author's work changed the student's way of thinking about the world or themselves.   See website for guidelines.

State Winners


National Winners $1000

December 9, 2017

NHS Scholarship Program

Grade 12 NHS members

475 national semifinalists - $2,850 scholarship

24 national finalists - $5,150 scholarship

1 national winner - $22,650 scholarship

Opens October, lots of deadlines beginning January 30 to submit student application and recommendations. See website!

Association for Women in Math Essay Contest

500-1000 words

Grades 9-12



Essay should be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career

Prize + essay published online at the AWM web site.

January 31, 2018


United States Institute of Peace Essay Contest

Grades 9-12

1,000-1250 word essay

Why Diplomacy and Peace Building matter

$2,500, trip to Washington D.C. and Semester at Sea

February - March 2018, consult website

OSAC –Scholarships

Oregon Student Access Commission :

1 application

400 scholarships

*Some require essays*


$500 for

Early Bird registration

Scholarship amounts vary

2/15 early bird deadline, 3/1 final.

Chinese American Citizens Alliance National Essay Contest

Chinese ancestry

Grades 9-12

Contact Portland host to register- see website for details -

Timed essay contest- 2 hours to write 500 word essay on day of contest ( in March )


( national )

Also local prizes

Feb. check back in fall/winter for details on March contest!

The Vegetarian Resource Group College Scholarship

Grade 12

Prompt: How did you promote vegetarianism in high school + community, in college and beyond.

See website for more details.

One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000

February 20, 2018


Engineer Essay Contest

Boys and Girls

Max 1500 words

Grades 9-12

investigate an infrastructure system in your community - suggest improvements


Feb 1, 2018

Oregon Collectors Association

Hasson-Newman Memorial Scholarship

1000-1500 words

Grade 12

Prompt: Credit in The 21st Century


March 1, 2018

Annual Kaplun Essay Contest

Level 1: Grade 9

250-1000 words

Level 2: Grades 10-12

250-1500 words

Lever 1 ( Grade 9 ): My favorite Jewish hero or heroine . . .

Level 2 ( Grades 10-12 ): The influence of the Hebrew Bible . . .


March 1, 2018

Greenfield Peace

Writing Contest

  • Essays, poems or fiction - max 600 words

  • Grades 11 and 12

Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

2017 Prompt: How would you solve the public health crisis of gun violence? 2018 Prompt TBD.


Plus 1 year membership in Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

March 2018

DNA Day Essay Contest

American Society of Human Genetics

750 word essay

Grades 9-12

2018 prompt: Do you think medical professionals should be required to be involved for all genetic testing or should consumers have direct access to predictive genetic testing? In defending your answer, use at least one disorder to explore the implications of involving, and not involving a medical professional such as a genetic counselor.


March 9, 2018

National WWII Museum Online Essay Contest

Max 1000 words

Accept first 500 entries; Grades 9-12


December 29, 2017


NW EEO Alyce Marcus Scholarship

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Association

GPA 2.75+

Grade 12


Explain how your background, experiences, or community involvement up until now and your plans for the future help promote diversity acceptance


to senior in Portland Metropolitan area

April 2014, check back in fall/winter for details

Annual Signet Classics Student

Scholarship Essay Contest

Essay: 2-3 pages

Submitted by English teacher

Grades 11-12


2018 book: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

See website for essay questions -

Pick one of the 5 topics.


April 2018

Harry S. Chandler Memorial Scholarship

Oregon Southwest

Industry Liaison Group- labor law

See counselor before applying

Only 3 candidates selected from each school

Grade 12

OSWILG: committed to working towards equality in the workplace –OOEC

2 page essay: “How diversity has influenced my life and the role it will play in achieving my education goals”

$1000 to




April 2018

Humanists of Greater Portland Scholarship Essay Contest

750- 1000 words

GPA 3.0+ Grade 12

2017 topic: How does one develop a moral compass without religion or dogma


April 2018

The National Student Poetry Contest ( The America Library of Poetry )

Grades 9-12

poem no longer than 20 lines- any subject

$500 plus random drawings for laptop computers

April 30, 2018


National History Day/

Local partner: Oregon

Historical Society

Essay( 1500-2500 words ), web site design , documentary ( 10 mins limit ) , exhibit perform.

Grades 9-12 senior division

State coordinator : Kristen Pilgrim, Oregon Historical Society

2018 Theme: Conflict and Compromise in History

National level:


April 22, 2018


Abbott and Fenner Annual Award Essay

500-100 words

Grades 11-12
Describe your educational career and life goals. Explain your plan for achieving these goals. Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.


June 14, 2018

Scholarship List September 11, 2017

College and Career Center

U.S. Grant High School 2245 NE 36th Avenue, Portland, OR 97212 503-916-5160

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