Attention all students: You can be the next J.K. Rowling! This is your chance to show off your writing skills, get published and win a cash scholarship.

You do not have to be an advanced writer to take part. All you need is your imagination and Microsoft Word.

Just think about how many words we use every day in conversations, texts and emails. This is an opportunity to use words in a creative and unique way. You may have some questions before you dive in, so here are the answers!

Scholarship Essay Contest Details

What is the deadline and where/how do I submit my scholarship essay?

All submissions are due by May 17, 2018 and must be delivered via email to solidessay(at) as a Microsoft Word or Google Docs attachment. If you submit the scholarship essay in the body of the email, it will be disqualified. Be sure your full name and email address are typed at the top of the essay. Failure to do so will disqualify your entry. Any entries received after the due date will be disqualified.

What is the word limit?

Minimum number of words is 600 and maximum is 800.

Who will review my scholarship essay submission?

English teachers and editors will review each submission. We will redact your name before the essays are submitted to the judges so they can review each one anonymously. We have found this is the fairest way to review submissions.

How many winners will be chosen and when will I find out if I'm one of them?

Three winners will be chosen as follows:

  • First place wins a scholarship of $1000
  • Second place wins a scholarship of $700
  • Third place wins a scholarship of $500
Winners of SolidEssay Scholarship Essay Contest will be notified via email no later than May 28, 2018.

Once the 3 winners are chosen, their names will be published on our website and on our social media channels.

Scholarship Essay Contest Guidelines

  • Plagiarism of any kind will result in immediate disqualification. We will use plagiarism checking software.
  • Essays are to be written in English.
  • You may choose only one of the topics below.
  • If you want to include an image, you may do so, but your essay must still be between 600 and 800 words. Please be sure to give proper credit for any image or photograph that was not created or taken by you. If you were not the original creator of the image or photograph, and your essay was chosen as a winner, we will not be able to include it.

Scholarship Essay Topics

This is where the fun begins. Select ONE topic below and be sure to include the topic number after your name and email address on the top, first page of your essay. For example:

Email address
Topic: #2

Are you ready? Here are your topics:

TOPIC #1: Virtual reality – what kind of future will it allow us to have?

  1. Explain the current and future uses of virtual reality
  2. Describe the pros and cons of using virtual reality

TOPIC #2: Are some careers still only for men?

  1. Describe careers that are still mostly male-dominated and explain why
  2. Explain how (if possible) women can enter these professions

TOPIC #3: Is online classroom the classroom of the future?

  1. Explain the pros and cons of the online classroom
  2. Describe how we can transition to online classrooms and the possible impact

TOPIC #4: How can you turn your passion into wealth?

  1. Identify what is wealth and how it can be quantified
  2. Give examples of "passions or hobbies" that can be used to generate "wealth"
  3. Explain the process of using your passion to generate wealth

TOPIC #5: Should foreign language classes be mandatory for all students?

  1. Identify the main (or most universally used languages)
  2. Explain why all students should be taught these languages
  3. Give examples of how you think life would be better if we all spoke at least two languages

Don't be discouraged if you are not selected as one of the three winners. You've made the leap and have written an essay and that's commendable. So have fun with this and good luck!

Below are a few links that might help you in your writing:

By submitting your essay to, you give us permission to publish your work on our company's website, social media channels or use it in other marketing materials.

Previous contests (Closed)

Scholarship Essay Writing Contest (January-September, 2017)