College is expensive and every little bit helps. There are many writing scholarships available to students looking to attend college. You will need to be prepared to write because many of them involve writing an essay. We have listed some of them below as well as links to other resources. You might also be interested in our writing contests for kids section.
Unigo Scholarship - Unigo runs a number of annual scholarships. One is a $10,000 writing scholarship open to students in the U.S. of at least 13 years of age. The 2018 scholarship has a Dec. 31, 2018 deadline. The essay question is "Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What's their favorite mobile app?"
Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing - This scholarship from Mystery Writers of America is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. It is to be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs. The MFA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each.
The Distinguished Artist Award in Creative Writing - The award is for high school seniors who intend to register at Hope College the fall of their first year at college. The application requires a writing sample, an essay and a recommendation letter. The award is listed as a $10,000 award in several directories.
Disney Imaginations - Imaginations is a design competition created and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering with the purpose of seeking out and nurturing the next generation of diverse Imagineers. It is open to college students and recent graduates.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards - Multiple scholarships and awards are offered through the Scholastic Awards. These include scholarships of $10,000 presented to 8 writers for what is called a Gold Medal portfolio. A writing portfolio consists of 8 distinct works.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - NATAS awards several different $10,000 scholarships associated with careers in the television industry, including television journalism.
Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship - The Richard G. Zimmerman Scholarship is named after a long-time National Press Club member who endowed a scholarship in aid of high school seniors who wish to pursue a career in journalism. Recipients receive a one-time award of $5,000.
Signet Essay Contest from Penquin Random House - This annual contest awards five high school juniors or seniors a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education. They also get a Signet Classics library for their school. Essays are to be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students. There are five essay topics to choose from.
Writing Scholarship Lists
The following sites contains lists of scholarships, including many English and creative writing scholarships as well as numerous essay writing contests/scholarships. Some of them are designated for students in certain geographic regions and some are need-based so be sure to read the details before you apply.
- Best Value Schools - English and creative writing scholarships
- BigFuture Scholarship Search - select writing/journalism from the drop box.
- CollegeExpress - 100s of essay contests/scholarships
- FastWeb - list of scholarships for creating writing majors
- Scholarships.com - Essay writing scholarships
- Discover Scholarship Search - select writing under passion and hobbies
- StudentScholarships.org - enter essay or writing in the search box