Maryknoll Essay Contest 2012 Toyota

Referencing Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ in which he calls on all people to respect the earth and stop exploiting it, we asked students to explain why it is so important to heed the pope’s call and to give at least two examples of what they or others are doing to care for the earth. We received 7,261 essays from students competing in two divisions (grades 6–8 and grades 9–12). “We were truly inspired by the thousands of students—and their teachers—from all over the United States who expressed their understanding of the need to personally take to heart the message of Pope Francis to care for our common home,” says Maryknoll Sister Mary Ellen Manz, who coordinated the judging. Following are the winning essays.


DIVISION I (Grades 6–8)
First-Place Winner: Grace Smith

Respecting Earth, Through Myself and My Government

Taking care of our common home is an idea that, for our world today, is no longer an issue of tomorrow but an issue of today. It is such an important idea because humans are the reason the environment is in a decline in the first place, so it is our responsibility to fix what we started. Pope Francis thinks that taking care of our common home should be a corporal work of mercy; Mother Teresa wanted us to stop wasting precious environmental goods. So how, exactly, are we supposed to help the environment? If one wants to stop contributing to the bad activities that will lead to earth becoming a gray wasteland, simple steps can be done to do so. I personally try to use less power at school and at home, and I write letters to my state politicians to ask them to vote “yes” on bills in congress that cut environmental strain. Using less energy and urging politicians to make Delaware more eco-friendly are simple ways that I treat the environment better and respect Earth, our common home.

Decreasing the amount of energy that I use and encouraging my friends and family to do the same is a way that I can directly affect the amount of fossil fuels burned for energy.

Wherever we go, my friends and I turn off unused lights and only use the amount of water that is necessary. These are particularly easy ways to help the environment because they take no time out of the day, require little to no effort, and are easy habits to get into and spread to other people.

Whenever citizens feel that an issue their local politicians are voting on pertains to them personally, they can mail a letter to the politicians to ask them to consider their circumstances and why they want the politicians to vote a certain way. An issue that pertains to me personally is conservation of the earth. While singular people who use less energy are contributing to a greener world, if companies continue to pump out dangerous chemicals into the air and water, nothing can be done to stop the environment’s decline. So whenever an environmental vote comes up, I mail a letter to my local representatives to remind them that voting to put checks on big manufacturing businesses is one of the most important things for preserving the earth and its resources. Even though I can’t vote yet, I can still make a difference in government through my politicians.

Maryknollers Sister Mary Reese and Brother John Blazo congratulate Grace Smith. (L. Nordmeyer/U.S.)

Everyone who is able must put in an effort to save our earth, before it is too late. With every voice and outlet available, citizens of every country need to work against the earth’s deterioration. If we all work together, as a whole world, we can make the earth beautiful, green and safe for all the generations after us. We have to be aware of the life or death situation of pollution and other ecological burdens; we have to be aware that our lives are dependent on the earth’s life, and if we destroy the earth, we destroy ourselves. Pope Francis understands this better than any other pope before him. He knows that God wants us to protect the beautiful world he gave us. God wants us to protect our common home, with every way we can.

Grace Smith, an eighth-grader at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Del., wins the $1,000 Bishop Francis X. Ford Award, named for the Maryknoll priest who was in the first group of Maryknoll missioners to China and died in a prison there in 1952


DIVISION II (Grades 9–12)
First-Place Winner: Meenu Johnkutty

Saving Our Earth

I am running on the back trails of the small city of Somers, New York, crushing decaying vibrant orange, red and yellow leaves underneath my feet. The streams alongside the trail gurgle as small fish scurry away at the sound of my feet pounding on the dirt. The air is crisp and fresh, and I am in awe of this remarkable splendor, the work of an intelligent Creator. But, the scene changes rapidly as I board the train that will bring me back home. The train cuts through paths made in the woods, where soda cans and cigarette boxes are carelessly strewn on the tracks and the streams are tinted brown with waste and carry plastic bottles instead of live fish. My eyes, which were once overwhelmed by the beauty of a New York autumn, are now saddened at our failed responsibility as a human race to take care of our spinning blue and green planet.

Though many might not realize it, our world is slowly slipping away from our fingers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, since the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide levels have increased by 30 percent, methane concentrations have doubled, and nitrous oxide levels have gone up 15 percent. When greenhouse gases accumulate in extraordinary levels, the amount of heat trapped in our atmosphere increases as well. This warming of the planet, termed global warming, has disastrous effects, ranging from the melting of polar ice caps to the extinction of many wildlife species. Our responsibility for this global issue, as well as our duty to fix it, is immense. Thus, the need to heed Pope Francis’ call to “protect our common home” must not be taken lightly, or we run the risk of losing our planet forever.

Our only solution to this pressing issue is collective global action. Anaerobic digestion (biological processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen) is one solution that has been gaining popularity all over the world. Personally, I became passionate about global warming as a freshman in high school when I researched and wrote a winning essay about the benefits of implementing biodigesters in rural communities. During a visit to my parents’ village in India, I was shocked to see mounds of trash burning on the sides of the dirt roads. However, if biodigesters were used in these communities, this burning trash could be used to produce biogas. The benefits of biogas are extraordinary, ranging from home heating to developing rural communities. Anaerobic digestion has already coined many successes in China and western European countries. Even in the United States, the students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh piloted an anaerobic digestion program that produced enough biogas to power up to 10 percent of the 13,500-student institution! Thus, with the implementation of anaerobic digestion, our landfills, rife with biodegradable material, can be siphoned into biogas production that can power many appliances in the future.

First-place essay contest winner Meenu Johnkutty of Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, N.Y., is flanked by (l. to r.) principal Father Mark Vaillancourt, dad Johnkutty Geevarghese, mom Sheba and Maryknoll Father Robert Jalbert. (J. Bergmeier/U.S.)

Along with supporting a future run with renewable energy sources like the sun, water and wind, we must also protest projects within the United States that threaten our future as a clean energy superpower. The Dakota Access Pipeline is one such project that threatens this future. This pipeline would transport over 470,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the United States, thus delaying the transition from fossil fuels to alternative sources of energy. Protesters have been protesting this pipeline since October 2014. Thus, the time to switch to alternative forms of energy, which will stop our dependence on a finite fossil fuel supply, is now. We must protest and join in the fight against greedy corporations that do not weigh environmental risks as heavily.

As a teenager passionate about global warming and climate change, I want to see a future where my generation and future generations will not have to pay for the damage caused by greed and self-driven interests. What good is a world that has profited from big oil companies when the very world we are standing on will no longer be the planet earth that we know, the mother earth that has held us and nourished us? What will we say to our grandchildren who will look into our eyes and ask, “Why didn’t you stop this?” By heeding the pope’s call and taking action within our communities, we can and must slow down climate change before it is too late.

Meenu Johnkutty, a 12th-grader at Kennedy Catholic High School in Somers, N.Y., wins the $1,000 Bishop Patrick J. Byrne Award, named for the missioner who died on a forced march in Korea in 1950.


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Ellie Kooney, Grade 8
St. Gerard School
Lansing, Mich.
Ellie shares “simple ways to help protect our earth” that her family uses, including recycling, composting, using LED lighting and driving hybrid cars. “Be kind to our earth,” she advises, “because it is an amazing gift and we need to save it before it is all gone.”

Katie Hess, Grade 12
Bethlehem Catholic HS
Bethlehem, Pa.
Finding relief from anxiety through nature has led Katie to work to preserve the environment and encourage others to do so. “I would never have imagined there being a useful purpose to my suffering,” she writes, “yet here I am, striving to make a difference because of it.”



Tobin Doherty, Grade 8
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School
Vienna, Va.
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, says Tobin, has shown him he can do something about ecological problems like water pollution. Raising money for clean water in poor African countries is just one action he has taken. “We need to do something now, no matter how small,” Tobin says.

Joseph D’Agostino, Grade 9
St. Thomas Academy
Mendota Heights, Minn.
Describing a composting project he began, Joseph praises his teacher for inspiring him. “Not only did he provide evidence of how humanity is negatively impacting our climate,” Joseph says. “He gave my class the opportunity to do something about it.” Joseph hopes to assist his teacher.

Featured Image: On Ash Wednesday, Meenu Johnkutty accepts award from Maryknoll Father Robert Jalbert. (J. Bergmeier)




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Culinary Scholarships
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Scholarships for Volunteers Reward Students Who Give Back
Deadline: Various
There are local and national funds available to students volunteering in their communities.

OCCC ACT NOW Scholarship
Deadline: Various
The ACT NOW scholarship is offered as an automatic merit-based tuition waiver program for the 2016 graduating class of high school students. The waiver amounts are based on the student's composite score on the national ACT. Students who score a 21 are eligible for a 3 hour credit tuition waiver. Scores of 22 - 23 receive a 6 hour credit tuition waiver, scores of 24-26 will receive a 9 hour credit tuition waiver, and scores of 27-30 will receive a 12 hour credit tuition waiver. Students with exceptional scores a 31 or higher will receive a 15 hour credit tuition waiver. All waivers are per semester; freshman year only.

Folds of Honor Foundation
Deadline: Accepted Year Round
Provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.

McNair Scholars Program
Deadline: Year Round
Scholarship program is designed to prepare students for careers as graduate students, professors or professional researchers. Must be full time student, with 42 hours or more completed, 3.0 GPA & first generation college student or student from an underrepresented ethnic group.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Deadline: Various
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Deadline: Various
Part of the National Defense Education Program, science, math, and research for transformation. Open to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Varsity Tutors Scholarship
Deadline: Monthly
Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship.



Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship
Sponsor: Appel Law Firm LLP
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to college students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applicant must have sustained injuries from a car or truck accident or been affected by someone else’s accident.

Chuan Ai Lu Engstrom Memorial Scholarship
Sponsor: PCB Solutions
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current, full-time students at an accredited American university or college with a minimum GPA of at least 2.5. Applicant must submit an essay on a given topic related to the global economy.

Raise Me Up Scholarship
Sponsor: Schultz & Associates
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who have parents who are divorced and/or been raised in a single-parent household. Applicant must submit an essay or video on their family.

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Amount: Up to $18,000
Closing Date: August 14, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to high school seniors or college freshmen and sophomores who are at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens. Applicant must have financial need. Applicants selected for the program will complete work sessions during each summer break in Washington, D.C. If selected, student will be given an annual salary, benefits package and up to $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, mandatory fees, books and supplies.

Race Entry Student Scholarship
Sponsor: Race Entry
Amount: $500
Closing Date: August 15, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students attending an accredited university inside the USA who have run in an organized race (5K, 10K, half marathon, or marathon).

Once Upon A Poem Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are 25 years of age or younger, who are current or former high school students, and who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories. Applicant must submit an original poem on a given theme related to classic fairy tales.

#BrokeScholar Opportunity Scholarship
Sponsor: BrokeScholar
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students officially accepted to or currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university for 2017. Applicant must tweet or post a picture on Instagram showing their best idea for making money as a college student.

Apartment Advisor Annual Housing Scholarship
Sponsor: Apartment Advisor
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to full-time students over the age of 18 who are currently enrolled at a college or university. Applicant must submit an essay on their dream dorm room or off-campus apartment.

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program
Sponsor: American Red Cross
Amount: Up to $2,500
Closing Date: August 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to all high school and college students. Applicant must host an American Red Cross blood drive between June 1 and August 31, 2017.

Make Me Laugh Scholarship
Sponsor: Unigo
Amount: $1,500
Closing Date: August 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students 13 years of age or older who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and who are currently enrolled (or will enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education. Applicant will need to submit a short response to a given prompt.

Student Video Contest
Sponsor: American Road & Transportation Builders Association
Amount: $500
Closing Date:  – extended to August 29, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students in elementary school through graduate school. Contestant must submit a video on transportation infrastructure.

“You Deserve It” Scholarship
Sponsor: ScholarshipOwl
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: August 29, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students who are residents of any of the 50 United States, District of Columbia or U.S. Territories and are 16 years of age or older and are either enrolled now, or will be enrolled within three months of registration in a qualified high school, college or university in the United States.


Camera Runner Photography Scholarship

Everyone knows how to take a picture with their phone or camera, but only a person who is truly interested in photography can feel if a shot will make a good picture or not. Camera Runner provides reviews of cameras and camera gear to help people take better pictures. Applicants must submit an essay explaining what they like about photography and include a favorite picture they’ve taken.


  • Enrolled in an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university
  • Part-time and full-time students may apply
  • No specific field of study is required

Award: One $500 scholarship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017

Learn more and apply for the Camera Runner Photography Scholarship.


Discover Student Loans Scholarships

Discover Student Loans wants to help you pay for college! By completing a short application, students are entered into a scholarship sweepstakes. Applicants can earn three additional sweepstakes entries by referring friends through email, Twitter, and Facebook. Scholarship winners will be randomly selected.


  • Resident of the United States
  • At least 16 years old
  • High school senior or college student enrolled at least half-time
  • Parents of students may also apply

Awards: 13 $2,500 scholarships

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017

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Hammock Expert Scholarship Program

The Hammock Expert recognizes that investment in knowledge pays the best interest for the future. To apply, students must submit an essay explaining how they see technology impacting the world in the future.


  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • High school, undergraduate, or graduate student

Awards: Two $1,500 scholarships

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017

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Mirror Message Scholarship

Make the world happier, starting with your school! Seven out of ten girls believe they don’t measure up in some way. Join a movement of members spreading positivity in their schools. Post encouraging sticky notes on mirrors in bathrooms, a place that can trigger low self-esteem. Upload pictures of the positive notes you’ve posted and be entered to win the scholarship.


  • Reside in the U.S.
  • No citizenship requirement
  • Younger than 26 years old

Award: One $1,000 scholarship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2017

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Once Upon a Poem Scholarship

What would happen in a fairy tale if you were in charge? Maybe you’ve always been curious about a different character’s perspective. Are these stories in need of a modern twist? Share your version of a fairy tale in a poem for your chance to win.


  • 25 years of age or younger
  • Current or former high school student
  • Attending college within the U.S.

Award: One $1,000 scholarship

Application Deadline: August 30, 2017

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Additional August Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with August deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.



AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship

AfterCollege believes that what's good for students is good for everyone: schools, employers, community and other students! That’s why they not only help students find jobs and internships but also offer scholarships to help fund their education. Students must submit a personal statement that describes their goals. Students may also upload an introductory video.


  • 18 years of age or has submitted a parental consent form
  • Legal resident of the United States
  • Currently enrolled students working toward a certificate, diploma, associate or bachelor’s degree provided by a post-secondary institution such as a community college, career, vocational or trade school
  • Fields of study may include IT, Web Development Programming, Business Management, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant, Licensed Vocational Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies

Award: One $500 scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Learn more and apply for the AfterCollege Vocational & Trade Study Scholarship.


Beauty + Wellness Scholarship

Skin Care Ox’s mission is to simplify the world of skin care by creating the most informative, high quality skin care guides, product reviews and advice available on the web. They’re dedicated to those who want to take skin care into their own hands and hope to support students who are committed to maintaining personal wellness by providing this scholarship.


  • Female
  • Graduating high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student
  • Citizen of the United States
  • No major or GPA requirements

Awards: One $500 scholarship and an organic beauty basket

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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Don't Text and Drive Scholarship

According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, texting while driving makes drivers 23 times more likely to get into a “safety-critical event.” The purpose of this scholarship is to help students understand the risks of texting while driving. Applicants must submit a 140-character message pledging to not text and drive. Finalists will be asked to write a 500 to 1,000 word essay about texting while driving.


  • High school freshmen through seniors or current college or graduate students
  • Citizen or legal resident of the United States

Award: One $1,000 scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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EssayPro Essay Writing Contest

Essay Pro’s main goal is to make students’ lives better across the globe. This goes beyond helping with academic assignments. There are talented young men and women out there and Essay Pro wants to hear from them! All students are invited to take part and earn more than just a good grade for their writing.

Awards: 1st place: $500 scholarship; 2nd and 3rd places: $250 scholarships

Deadline: September 20, 2017

Learn more and apply for the EssayPro Essay Writing Contest.



Hit the Books Scholarship is an online coffee retailer that carries a wide variety of coffee products. They provide this scholarship as a way to help future leaders meet their educational goals. Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 500 words explaining the importance of education in their lives and how the scholarship will assist in meeting their goals.


  • 18 to 25 years old
  • Enrolled in an accredited college or university

Award: One $500 scholarship to be used for educational books and materials

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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Shout It Out Scholarship

Have something on your mind? Let it out, or better yet SHOUT it out. Give your thoughts a voice and earn free college money at the same time. Unigo’s Shout It Out Scholarship committee wants to know what you have to say. Whether it's a message for the world or just a quick "hi mom," this is your opportunity to speak up and win money for college. Let your keyboard be your megaphone, and shout out your message. Tell the world what you have to say in 250 words or less!


  • 13 years of age or older
  • Legal resident of the United States
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education OR
  • Enroll in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education by no later than the fall of 2023

Award: One $1,500 scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2017

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Staples for Students Scholarship

Staples is helping students head back to school with the chance to win a college scholarship and a trip to see Lady Gaga in concert. Students can apply online if they’ve made qualifying purchases. However, no purchase is required to apply, and applicants may submit an entry by mailing in a short statement explaining which Staples product they believe would be most useful for a student to have as they return to school.


  • Legal resident of the United States
  • At least 13 years of age

Awards: One Grand Prize winner will receive a $50,000 scholarship and a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga in concert; 5 First Prize winners will receive a trip for two to Las Vegas to see Lady Gaga in concert

Deadline: September 16, 2017

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Youth Forward Scholarship

National Driving and Traffic School is a top-rated provider of driver’s education online as well as online traffic school. Their program allows you to fulfill mandatory driver’s education requirements in an easy, fun, online format. This scholarship seeks to reward a few deserving students for their commitment to the spirit of volunteerism.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in high school, university or college
  • Must be a full-time student

Awards: Two $500 scholarships

Deadline: September 1, 2017

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Additional September Scholarships

Looking for more? Here's a list of additional scholarships with September deadlines. Learn about eligibility requirements and how to apply through the links provided below.



BodyTechReview Scholarship
Sponsor: BodyTechReview
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to student-athletes who have graduated from secondary school and are currently enrolled in a university. Applicant must be an athlete who is actively participating in their school’s sports competitions.

Civil Rights and Criminal Law Essay Competition & Scholarship
Sponsor: Spolin Law
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to current undergraduate and graduate students who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit an essay on what the U.S. Constitution means to them.

Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship
Sponsor: Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation
Amount: $2,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled in a HVACR training program at an accredited school. In addition to the general scholarship, there is a scholarship specifically for military veterans.

College Women of the Year Award
Sponsor: Glamour Magazine
Amount: Up to $10,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Promotion is open to women who are legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada (except Quebec) who are full-time college students attending a four-year college or university in the United States or Canada for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicant can also enter if she previously attended a college or forewent college to pursue an idea, company or project she is dedicated to. Applicant must submit a complete application, list of awards and activities, a short essay describing the most meaningful achievement, a photo, and two recommendations.

Commercial Video Scholarship
Amount: $500
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents of the United States who are high school seniors and will enroll in college in the Fall semester or are current undergraduate college students. Applicant must submit an original commercial promoting car insurance.

Commercial Video Scholarship
Sponsor: Cheap Auto Insurance Co.
Amount: $5,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents of the United States. Scholarship is open to high school seniors who will enroll in college in the Spring semester or current college students. Applicant must submit an original commercial about car insurance driving habits good or bad.

CPFI Scholarship
Sponsor: Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International
Amount: $250
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students in good standing in an accredited North American pharmacy college/school or training program, as well as a current member of the national CPFI organization.

CVP Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Community Veterinary Partners
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students currently attending college or who will be attending college or graduate school in the next year. Applicant must have a love for animals.

Dream Big Scholarship
Sponsor: RentLingo
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 1, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to any student (including international students) 18 years or older currently attending a college or university. Applicant must submit a short online form and essay on their dream job.

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Wendy's High School Heisman
Deadline: October 2, 2017
A $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to one senior male and one senior female from each state. Wendy's High School Heisman is looking for all types of high-achieving seniors from more than 29,000 public and private high schools within the U.S. We consider young men and women who participate in a wide range of sports as well as school and community activities. Students must be seniors during the 2017-2018 academic year, graduating with the class of 2018. Have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of B (3.0) or better. Participate in at least one of the 47 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Association and sponsored by your school. Be a leader in school and in the community and serve as a role model for underclassman.

AES Engineering Solutions
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Award Amount: $500.00. AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question: When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey? This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

Create Real Impact Scholarship
Deadline: October 6, 2017
Grand Prize: $1500. Distracted and reckless driving is the #1 killer of teens in America. Winning entries will focus on SOLUTIONS and STRATEGIES to stop this deadly epidemic. Remember: distractions come in all shapes and sizes, such as 200 pound humanoid shapes (passengers) to small rectangular boxes (cell phones) to cylindrical cardboard containers (coffee cups). While extremely dangerous and highly illegal, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving is NOT the focus of this contest. Entries focused on drinking alcohol or using drugs and driving WILL NOT be accepted. Create an original work showcasing your idea for a solution or strategy to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university). Residency, age, and current enrollment at an accredited educational institution will be verified. All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.


The #FeelsLikeHome Scholarship
Deadline: October 13, 2017
Want $1,000 for college? can help make that happen. If you are currently enrolled in college (or headed there in 2017!) and want to win a $1,000 scholarship to help cover expenses, consider entering the #FeelsLikeHome Scholarship contest. will award a $1,000 scholarship to one highly motivated student who can thoughtfully respond to the prompt below. The Prompt: At, we know the importance of finding the perfect place to call "home." One of the most difficult parts of going to college can be making your college home feel as comfortable as your home! Snap a picture that shows us how you've made (or plan to make) your college experience feel like a home away from home, and share on Instagram or Twitter. Include a short explanation of your picture, tag @homesdotcom, and use the hashtag #FeelsLikeHome. Eligibility: You must be a graduating senior in high school or a current freshman, sophomore, or junior in college. You must be between the ages of 16 and 22. We reserve the right to verify the date of your high school graduation and/or college enrollment. Any and all content may be used in future marketing.

The TravelNurseSource "Future U.S. Nurse Scholarship
Deadline: October 13, 2017
Travel Nurse Source is awarding a $2,000.00 scholarship to a nursing student who composes a winning essay to our scholarship essay contest.Travel Nurse Source helps nurses find traveling assignments in hospitals and facilities in all 50 states. Nurse shortages continue to plague our country and the staffing gap is estimated to continue as baby boomers age. Healthcare systems of the future rely heavily on America's future nurses to sustain the ever-increasing demand. We support the education of this country's future nurses. Requirements: We would like you to author your personal narrative including a brief introduction about yourself, your interests, and anything else you feel explains your story and reason for wanting this scholarship. Then in a 750-1000 word essay, please tell us about (1) your desire to become a registered nurse and how you plan to contribute to society as an RN, and (2) the significance that receiving this scholarship would have on you. Eligibility: To be eligible for our scholarship contest, you must be: a legal US resident, and either (1) a current student of a baccalaureate or higher degree in an accredited U.S. nursing school in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better, or (2) accepted into a baccalaureate or higher program for the upcoming semester.


College JumpStart Scholarship
Deadlines: October 17, 2017
The College JumpStart Scholarship is an annual, merit-based competition -- financial need is not considered -- that is open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to help cover educational expenses. This award can be used at any college or university in the United States.




Dr. Pepper Scholarship
Deadline: October 18, 2017
Dr. Pepper is awarding over $1,000,000 in tuition to help students reach their biggest goals. How to enter: (1) Tell us how you'll change the world in 350 characters or less. (2) Rally your friends to vote. (3) Once you reach 50 votes, submit a video to inspire more fans. Dr. Pepper selects finalist to compete during throw-offs at NCAA conference championship games. Eligibility: You must be a U.S. legal resident of an Eligible State and within the Age Eligibility (18-24). You are not eligible if you or a member of your immediate family or household (whether or not related) is an (A) employee, officer or director of any Promotion Party, or (B) owner/operator or person responsible for purchasing or promotion decisions at retailers of Sponsor products. You must not be an active NCAA collegiate athlete (any division) in any sport, nor played professional, semi-professional, or Division I collegiate football at any time.

The Sleep Judge State of Sleep Scholarship
Deadline: October 30, 2017
The Sleep Judge is pleased to announce our annual State of Sleep Scholarship helping to increase the awareness around the importance of sleep. Each student who is awarded The Sleep Judge State of Sleep Scholarship will be given $1,500 towards their university or college fees. Eligibility Requirements: (1) Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States or Canada OR current college students already studying at an accredited U.S. or Canadian post-secondary institution. (2) U.S. or Canadian citizens. (3) Anticipating completion of high school diploma at time of application or already in possession of high school diploma / GED. (4) Planning to or already currently pursuing a degree at an accredited U.S. or Canadian post-secondary institution. (5) Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA or equivalent grade average.

The Wealthy Education Scholarship
Deadline: October 30, 2017
Apply to win a $3,000 scholarship. In order to spread financial literacy, we are opening our first annual Wealthy Education Scholarship Program to young students who share the same passion for investment with us. Who Can Join: All bona fide university and college students are welcomed to join. If you are below 18 years old, or if you're still in high school, be sure to get the consent of your parents or legal guardians before joining. Having a strong passion for investment and personal finance is a plus as we will be choosing a scholar who believes in the same vision and values as Wealthy Education. All we're asking for is that you write an essay that's 500 to 2000 words long about stock investment and personal finance. But we don't want it to be just about any finance story. Your essay must emphasize the importance of investment and valuable enough to help other people. Keep in mind that we give premium to uniqueness, so make sure to avoid the usual boring stuff such as general advice and clichés. Your essay must contain actionable tips that most readers should be able to relate to. In fact, the more personal it is, the better!

CARiD Scholarship Program
Deadline: October 31, 2017
CARiD is giving away $1,000 to offset your educational expenses for college! Just getting the essentials can add up quickly and CARiD wants to help - books, food, backpacks, some sweet spinners for your commuter vehicle, or whatever else you need to get ready for school! Most importantly - CARiD believes in higher education and wants to help you achieve your goals! Create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry and email it to Eligibility: Any current US student who (1) Is enrolled in post-secondary education in the upcoming semester (2) Is between the ages of 16 and 20 (3) Is not a CARiD employee (4) Is not related to an employee of CARiD or its partners. Winners will be announced on November 15.

Coca-Coca Scholars Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: October 31, 2017
We're looking for 150 incredible high school seniors to receive a $20,000 scholarship to the college of their choice. The Coca-Cola scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Applicants must be: current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S. (or selected DoD schools), U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees, anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application, planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution.

Pinot's Palette Scholarship for Artistic Excellence
Deadline: October 31, 2017
Pinot's Palette is one of the nation's largest paint and sip franchises. We welcome all USA students looking to achieve a degree in the arts to apply for our scholarship. We will award the chosen applicant with $1,000 to be used towards their tuition expenses and any other verified educational costs. Eligibility: (1) Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S.(2) U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or U.S. Permanent Residents. (3) Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application. (4) Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution. 

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