My Dislikes And Likes Essay Scholarships

If you’re a skilled writer, a few hundred (or even a thousand) words is no biggie.

Students that can easily express themselves through writing flock toward scholarships with interesting essays and the scholarships on this list are just that.

All of the below scholarships require an essay entry – some as short as only 250 words – with interesting essay topics that range from safe driving and technology to America heroes and animal activism.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

If you enjoy expressing your opinions through writing, the scholarships on this list await your entries.

Scholars Helping Collars

Deadline: 2/15/18
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Scholars Helping Collars Scholarship is open to current high school seniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words with two to three photos of your volunteer efforts to help animals in need and how that involvement has changed your lives or shaped your perceptions on the importance of animal welfare in order to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Scholars Helping Collars.

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/18
Available to: Ages 13-21 Years
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $250

The Live Deliberately Essay Contest is open to all students aged 14 – 21. You must submit an essay of no more than 750 words based on the prompts listed on the sponsor’s website. This year’s prompts will ask you to consider a time in your life when you pursued a path that was “narrow and crooked,” but felt like it was the right path for you. In what ways are/were you able to, as Thoreau advises, walk that path with “love and reverence?” How has navigating that path shaped you into the person you are becoming?

Learn more about the Live Deliberately Essay Contest .

AFSA High School Essay Contest

Deadline: 3/15/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The AFSA High School Essay Contest is open to high school students. To be considered, in a 1,000 – to 1250 – word essay, you must identify two cases – one you deem successful and one you deem unsuccessful – where the U.S. pursued an integrated approach to build peace in a conflict – affected country.

Learn more about the AFSA High School Essay Contest .

Brighter Future Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $500

The Brighter Future Scholarship is available to undergraduate, graduate or law students enrolled at an accredited college or university. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and submit 500 word letter of intent that identifies a problem and explains how you intend to use your education as a way to begin solving that problem, thus creating a brighter future.

Learn more about the Brighter Future Scholarship.

NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/20/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: Awards from $750-$2,000

The NPG 2018 Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on one environmental issue from the sponsor’s chosen list and explain how it is made worse by population growth and describe what measures you would recommend our nation’s leaders take to ensure we protect our fragile environment for generations to come. You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2018 Scholarship Contest.

E-Waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/2018
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students. You must submit a short statement that completes the sentence “The most important reason to care about e-waste is…” and be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the E-Waste Scholarship.

Feldco Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Feldco Scholarship is available to current and prospective college students. To be considered, you must submit a 700 – to 1000 – word essay on the following topic: “How has your family contributed to who you are today?”

Learn more about the Feldco Scholarship.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/01/2018
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

The Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest is open to U.S. citizens attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1000 words on one of the five topics related to immigration listed on the sponsor’s website in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest.

Love Your Career Scholarship

Deadline: 9/10/2018
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Love Your Career Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited college or university. You must submit an essay of at least 1,000 words describing at least three steps that you plan to take in the next year to start a path towards having a career that you love in order to qualify for this award. Topics may include: What are your passions that could be turned into a career? What are some ideas you have for a business based on things that you love and are skilled at? You must also interview a professional in your chosen field that has at least three years of experience.

Learn more about the Love Your Career Scholarship.

MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Marine Corps Gazette, the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest is open to all Marines on active duty and to members of the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.

The contest honors the essay that proposes and argues for a new and better way of “doing business” in the Marine Corps.

Learn more information about the MajGen Harold W. Chase Prize Essay Contest.

Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship is open to undergraduate students at Tufts University.

You must possess the same creative qualities in the writing of prose and poetry to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to students whose writing reflects an interest in ancestry and genealogy.

Get more information on the Mary Grant Charles Prize Scholarship.

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"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Winners of our
"I Love Dance" Essay Contest

Students submitted essays during the month of February about why they love to dance, how dance and BAC has influenced their lives, and how dance makes them feel.  Winners were chosen by a panel of BAC faculty and staff. 

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Upper School Winners:

First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Michelle Zhang - Age 14
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Angelica Maloney - Age 12
Lower School Winners:
First Prize:
A $100.00 scholarship towards tuition at BAC
Madeleine Blandy - Age 9
Second Prize: A $50.00 Gift Certificate to Patterson's Back Bay Dancewear
Lily Swilling - Age 6
Congratulations to our Winners!
Thank you to all who participated!  Everyone did such a great job that we had a hard time picking the winners.  We loved reading about all the reasons you love to dance!  Here are some of our other favorite excerpts:

" . . . Dance has always been my passion.  Maybe it's the control of the dancer's body to execute each move flawlessly that intrigues me?  Or it could be the smile on the dancer's face that says they're loving what they are doing?  Either way I absolutely love dancing.  It brings such joy and happiness to so many people, both the person dancing and the people watching . . ." - Sydney, Age 12
" . . . BAC has influenced my life in a ton of different ways.  It has just made my life more exciting.  All of the teachers are so nice to us.  I have been coming here since I was three years old and I've enjoyed every moment of it.  I don't think I've ever had a bad day at BAC! . . . " - Brenna, Age 11
" . . . I love Jazz the best.  Jazz is very upbeat and fun.  You are straight and sassy and always moving around.  My second favorite is Ballet.  Ballet is as graceful as a swan. It is delicate and soft. Ballet is very mellow and pretty.  It is like a floating leaf dancing in the wind . . . " - Leila, Age 9
" . . Dancing is one of my biggest passions.  When I dance, it's like everything clears from my mind and I'm in a totally different world, especially with modern.  A lot of people think dance is really easy.  But I bet if you took one of my friends that do lots of sports into a modern or ballet class, they would have a very difficult time.  Being a dancer, you have to reach deep inside and find a very different person in yourself, and express that person.  That's a very hard thing to do and to discover about yourself . . . " - Taylor, Age 12
" . . . I love to do gallops.  Dance makes me feel happy and excited! . . " - Lucy, Age 3
" . . . I love dance for many reasons.  One reason is that it makes me twinkle and happy inside.  I love learning a new step because it's fun and hard, and that's what I like about dance . . . " - Emily, Age 8
 " . . . BAC has made my life more full and meaningful.  BAC has helped me to become a better dancer so that I can express myself better through movement.  BAC has influenced my life by helping me grow as a dancer and as a young woman.  Dance catches my heart and sets it twirling . . . " - Natalie, Age 14
" . . . Sometimes, after a class, your muscles feel sore.  I love that feeling! It tells you you've accomplished something, it tells you you've worked hard . . . " - Sophie, Age 11
" . . . It was one day in the Spring of 2012 when it hit me.  It was like a little bug or something bit me;   I was addicted.  Dance makes me feel a certain way I can't explain.  Like I'm on the top of the world, flying.  I can express all of my emotions through movement, and that alone is incredible.  Whenever I feel stressed, sad, or just angry, I listen to my favorite song and just, dance . . . " - Beaujena, Age 13
" . . . BAC is beautiful, lovely, awesome, active, nice, great, cool, creative, and loving!  The Ballet Arts Centre rocks! . . . "                - Chloe, Age 6
" . . . I love to dance and it is my passion to one day become a principle dancer, and it starts at BAC.  My life revolves around dance.  It feels like I do dance every day, and I like it.  The reason why I wanted to do dance is because I wanted to try something and go out of the box, and I think I made the right choice . . . " - Tea, Age 11
" . . . At BAC, every week I learn something new.  And when I hear the music come on I feel like a star rising.  From what BAC taught me, I feel like an awesome dancer, and the teachers are so nice - when I come in they always have a smile on their faces . . . " - Fiona, Age 8
" . . . Dancing makes me feel happy.  Every once in a while I like to do a little twirl.  When you dance, you express your feelings out lively.  Dancing can tell stories.  Just using your body can tell a story without using any words.  That's why dancing is still blooming in the world, continuing to share stories all over the globe . . . " - Sydney, Age 10
" . . . Dance is a symphony that is heard from movement and not sound
Dance simply slowly lifts you off the ground into another world
There are too many types to explain
But surely I will keep coming each year again and again
The voice of each step is unique and special to each and every dancer who has ever laid foot in a studio at BAC . . . "
- Eva, Age 9

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