Open Ukraine Essay Contest Scholarships

Official Rules

The A Voice for Animals contest is now open. The competition has sections for 14-15 year old students and sections for 16-18 year old students.

The contest is also open to ESL (English as a Second Language) students.

 

Eligibility

 

Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled, and less than 19 years of age on January 22, 2018 (the date the contest opened for entries). No exceptions!

The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship, or country of residence.

You are strongly advised to read all the rules!

 

Fourteen and Fifteen Year Old Essay Submissions

This year we have two sections for this category.

Entrants in the 14-15 year old section are invited to either write an essay that addresses one of the following: the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering and present ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it. Or write an essay that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how one animal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

                                        OR TO WRITE AN

Endangered Species Essay

 

For the 2018 contest, there is a special prize that will be awarded in the 14-15 year old section for essays that address endangered species!

In addition to the monetary prize, the top three essay submissions from 14- to 15-year-olds addressing endangered species will receive a signed, personalized copy ofEndling No. 1: The Last,by Katherine Applegate (author of the Animorphs series and The One and Only Ivan). Honorable mention recipients will receive a signed copy.

The Earth is now in the midst of its sixth major animal extinction. The last mass extinction—approximately 65 million years ago—caused the disappearance of the dinosaurs. Although extinctions are naturally occurring, the current mass extinction is unique in that it is caused almost entirely by humans. A 2010 study of species concluded that at least one-fifth of the world's mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish are threatened with extinction due to human activity.

Submissions in this category should examine the threats to one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world, and present ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it. 

 Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your essay must be cited accurately.

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Please note: essays submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

 

1.Your essay must be no less than 1400 words and no more than 1500 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6.All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7.We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb.

 

Sixteen through Eighteen Year Old Essay Submissions

 

Entrants in the 16-18 year old essay section are invited to write an essay that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering; or the preservation of one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world, and potential solutions to alleviate animal suffering; or that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how oneanimal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your essay must be cited accurately.

 

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Please note: essays submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

 

1.Your essay must be no less than 1400 words and no more than 1500 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6. All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7. We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb.

 

Sixteen through Eighteen Year Old Video or Essay with Photos Submissions

Entrants in the 16-18 year old Essay with Photos or Video section must become involved in a project (new or pre-existing) that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering; or the preservation of one endangered species, occurring anywhere in the world; or that addresses the impact of climate change on the animal population and discusses how oneanimal species has been affected by climate change and presents ideas to raise awareness of this species and what can be done to protect it.

Students must submit either 1) an original video or a written essay with accompanying photos.

Projects should be worked on for at least two to three months and the project should have a direct impact on animals by means of either direct or indirect intervention. Your submission will document your project and your contribution to that project and, where possible, show how your project/involvement could alleviate animal suffering.

Your project could possibly be one of the following:

·     Form an organization to raise awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Create a school group to raise awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Participate actively in an organization that raises awareness about an animal issue and how to reduce suffering

·     Create or demonstrate a plausible alternative to a practice which causes animal suffering

·     Devise an activity of your own that will raise awareness about, or mitigate, animal suffering

If you choose to start a group, you will need to demonstrate how many people were in the group and that this group was active and made significant contributions in your chosen area. In all categories we will ask you to provide contact information for someone who will vouch for the originality and duration of your project.

If you wish to submit a joint project, a group of up to four students can contribute to the project. Only one member of the group should submit the entry form and the names of other group members must be included just one time on the project itself.

Your submission must:

·     be the original work of the author or authors;

·     show clearly which animal issue you chose to address and why;

·     show what you have done to help remedy this issue;

·     any sources you choose to quote in your presentation must be cited accurately. Citations substantiating your chosen project will be credited.

Submission format

All submissions must be made using the form which will appear below only while the contest is open for entries. Essays or videos submitted any other way (e.g. via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. Other forms of submission will require that you provide a URL to your submission because it will be on another website. The entry form will explain how to obtain, copy, and paste the required URL into the entry form.

The requirements for each category of submission are specified below.

Video

1.Your video must be no longer than three minutes long.

2.We will accept video submissions uploaded only to YouTube (www.youtube.com) or Vimeo (www.vimeo.com).

3.Give your video a meaningful title.

4.Add a brief synopsis of the video as the description of the video.

5.You must include your name in the video, but do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in either the video or its description.

Please note:

You must have explicit permission to use any footage, animation, music or photography you use (i.e. it must be original or archival stock).

Essay with Photographs

1.Your essay must be no less than 900 and no more than 1000 words excluding citations, page headers and footers (if used). Longer essays will be disqualified.

2.Your essay must be written in English.

3.Any citations, if included, must appear at the end of the essay.

4.You must include your name and essay title at the top of each page. Do not include any contact information (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) in your essay.

5.All pages of an essay must be numbered.

6.All pages of an essay must be double-spaced.

7.We will only accept essays in the following electronic formats:

o  Microsoft Word (".doc", ".docx")

o  Microsoft Works (".wps")

o  Microsoft XML Paper Specification (".xps")

o  OpenDocument Text (".odt")

o  Portable Document Format (".pdf")

o  Rich Text Format (".rtf")

o  Plain text (".txt")

8.The size of your file must be less than 2Mb, including photographs

Judging

Judges' decisions are final. We reserve the right to adjust the number of prizes and the amounts of the prizes based on the entries received. Please read the Advice for Participants to see what the judges will be looking for.

Deadlines

Entry deadline:Monday, April 30th 2018 (11:59pm PDT)
Results announced:Monday, June 11th 2018

Advice for Participants

The judges offer the following advice based on entries from earlier contests:

  • Read the rules! Every year we disqualify a number of entries because they did not follow the rules.
  • The judges will be looking for:
    • Personal initiative (e.g., how big a role did you play in developing and driving this project or in your portion of the project)
    • Commitment and presentation
    • Clarity and power of the presentation; your presentation should inspire others to get involved
    • Original ideas in the topic, the presentation, or the suggested responses to the animal suffering.
  • If your entry is an essay the judges will look for:
    • effective opening and closing paragraphs. The essay needs to be well organized with paragraphs structured around the main parts or points. 
    • good structure with good word choice and fluid writing. Check spelling, grammar and punctuation. The essay must be free of blatant errors; all research that is done must be adequate for the topic and have quality references – references from Wikipedia do not carry much weight.
    • a readable font! Decorative or script fonts are hard to read for more than a sentence or two, and with the number of submissions we receive we do not spend time reading hard to read scripts.
  • If you submit a video the judges will look for:
    • What motivated you
    • How you hope to inspire others to bring about change
    • How you present your subject
    • Something visually interesting
  • The judges will give extra credit for:
    • Any research that is done into the cruelty or problem.
  • The judges will take an especially harsh view of plagiarism. Don't do it! Cite all your sources.
  • ESSENTIAL: Learn from previous winners! Look at their entries to see how they stand out. Look at our home page and the submissions of four previous winners.
  • Make sure the file or URL you submit is your actual entry! Each year we receive files which are clearly not the author's essay file. Due to the number of essays submitted we are unlikely to have time to contact you about your mistake.

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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