$1000+ Scholarships for High School Writers

$1000+ Scholarships for High School Writers
Saving up for a college education can take a long time and with a group effort from all family members. As a high school student, you can save up as early as your first year by participating in different competitions and applying for scholarships that interest you. Once you start hunting for scholarships, you will find various scholarships available for you. Below is our list to get started on the journey. We have found scholarships for high school writers starting from $1,000 and up to $10,000.

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Gen and Kelly Tanabe is a merit-based scholarship program to help students fund college. The scholarship is open to 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate students including adult students. Winners are chosen based on submitted personal statements.

Deadline: The deadline for Spring 2022 is July 21, 2022.
Prizes: The first-place award is a $1,000 scholarship.

JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) conducts an annual student Essay Contest to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen’s works in new generations of readers. The theme for 2022’s essay contest is Jane Austen’s first book “Sense and Sensibility.” “Essays can focus on relations between siblings or pairs of siblings, between mothers and their offspring, or perhaps on characteristics (apart from sense and sensibility) embodied by a related or unrelated pair.”
Deadline: June 2, 2022
Prizes: First place award is $1,000, second place receives $500, and the third prize receives a $250 scholarship.

The Ocean Awareness Writing Contest provides a platform for young people to understand environmental issues through artistic creation and creative thoughts, explore their relationship with the changing world, and become advocates of positive change. The theme of the 2022 Ocean Awareness Competition is “The Funny Thing About Climate Change.” 

Deadline: June 13, 2022



Junior Division

Senior Division

Gold Award












Honorable Mention




Rover.com connects pet parents with trustworthy pet sitters and dog walkers. Currently, Rover is offering Rover Scholarship to the graduating high school senior who submits the best answer to an essay prompt in 400 to 500 words. The topic for this year is: “How did growing up with a pet in your life (could be a friend’s or family member’s) impact the person you are today?” 

Deadline: May 1st, 2022

Prizes: One winner receives a check of $2,500

American College Foundation provides students with a visionary scholarship, which is worth up to $5,000. Students will submit their recent unofficial transcript, scholarship application, and a 500-word essay submission for the prompt “Why College is Important to Me”
Deadline: May 1, 2022
Prizes: Students will win up to $5,000

We the Students is the essay contest sponsored by the Bills of Rights. The topic of 2022’s essay is “How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society?” Students must be in grades 8-12, between the ages of 14-19, and attending school in one of the listed states, Washington DC, or US Territories to be eligible to apply. The essay is 500-800 words. Citations are not included in the word count.
Deadline: April 15, 2022
1st Place – One at $7,500.
Runners Up – Five prizes at $1,500 each.
Honorable Mentions – Ten prizes at $500 each.

John Locke Institute Essay Competition is hosted by John Locke Institute, an independent educational organization located in Oxford, UK. Professors at the John Locke Institute are from famous universities like Oxford, Princeton, Brown, and Buckingham University. There are seven subject categories (excluding Junior Category): Philosophy, Politics, Economics, History, Psychology, Theology, and Law. For each subject category, three questions are given from which one is chosen to write about, not exceeding 2000 words.

Deadline: TBD


  • Each winner of a subject category and the winner of the junior category receives a scholarship worth $2,000 towards the cost of attending the John Locke Institute program. 
  • The best essay overall will be awarded an honorary John Locke Institute Junior Fellowship, which comes with a US$10,000 scholarship to attend one or more of our summer schools and/or gap year courses.

YoungArts identifies the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and provides them with creative and professional development opportunities throughout their careers. All applications are judged by esteemed discipline-specific panels of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process, and award winners are offered a lifetime of artistic support and ongoing connection with an extraordinarily robust network of peers and mentors. The Scholastic Awards offers 10 categories of visual, literary, and performing arts: Classical Music, Dance, Design Arts, Film, Jazz, Photography, Theater, Visual Arts, Voice, and Writing
Deadline: TBD for 2023 application (opens summer 2022)
Finalist Gold: $10,000, Silver: $5,000, Level 1: $3,000, Level 2: $1,500, Level 3: $1,000
Finalists who attend National YoungArts Week are also considered for nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
Honorable Mention winners receive $250
Merit winners receive $100

The Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contests are created by the Ayn Rand organization, in memory of this great novelist. There are three contests within the competition: Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged, named after three of the novels she has published.
Deadline: April 28, 2022, for Anthem and The Fountainhead, September 26, 2022, for the Atlas Shrugged.




The Fountainhead

Atlas Shrugged

1st Place

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Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay program, where high school students can express themselves through a recorded essay. The 2021-22 theme is: America: Where Do We Go From Here?
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2021. 2022 date TBD.
The first-place winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college, or vocational/technical school.
Other scholarships range from $1,000 – $16,000
The first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is “What Does the Second Amendment Mean to You?”. Students will write a 1,000-word essay for submission. The contest is open to all students in elementary, junior high, and high school.
Deadline: December 31, 2021. 2022 date TBD
First place: $1,000
2nd place: $600
3rd place: $200
4th place: $100

Fleet Reserve Association provides students from grades 7 to 12 with the annual essay contest to promote Americanism and patriotism. Students will write a 350-word essay, local winners will advance to regional and national to compete for national prizes.
Deadline: December 1, 2021. 2022 date TBD.
National Winner: $5,000
Top 3 essays in each grade category will receive $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place

John Locke Essay Competition Prep

Description: In this John Locke Essay Competition Prep course, students will learn the ins and outs of essay writing, in preparation for entering the competition. We offer prep classes in three categories: Junior, History, and Law. Students will choose one topic, compose an original thesis and argument, and write an essay for submission. Students will engage in a guided analysis of primary and secondary sources, develop critical thinking skills, and discover interesting insights. In addition to the group lecture classes, students will receive guidance on their individual projects from the instructor, in one-on-one sessions.

Class schedule: 6 group sessions (90 minutes per session) and 6-9 one-on-one sessions (60 or 90 minutes per session)

Writing Competition

Description: The class will show a range of tools to learn the nuances of controlled, purposeful writing, including figurative language, effective structuring, and specific forms. Students will work directly with both literary and media texts as they plan and write their own. This class will help students prepare for the following competitions: NY Times Opinion Editorial, Write the World: Poetry, and the Ocean Awareness Contest.

Class schedule: 12 classes total (6 group classes – 90 minutes, 6 one-on-one – 60 minutes)

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