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Welcome to the 2016 scholarship!

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The 2016 Honors Graduation Scholarship is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Click here for the post announcing the awardees, visit here for their work, and watch for the 2017 scholarship info coming this summer to try again next year!


In 2013 and 2014,

we stuck with the traditional scholarship essay format. The results? Hundreds of entries poured in, many of which moved and inspired us.  The first year, we awarded one $1,000 scholarship, and the second year, five $1,000 scholarships. (See their work here)!

In 2015,

we knew we could just continue to stick with what worked. But as we brainstormed, we decided to design a multimedia format that would give creative voices a chance to be heard. And we were proud to award one artist, one creative writer, one musician, one photographer, and one videographer, each with $1,000 scholarships. (See their work here)!

For 2016,

We decided to continue with the multimedia format, only this year, we will allow students to choose between two prompts for response!

  • Describe an experience of ownership over your learning and why it was meaningful.
  • What is your opinion on how education affects the quality of life?


  1. Read the Rules and Terms & Conditions (below)
  2. Pick a MEDIUM & read about their requirements:
    • Art
    • Creative Writing
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Video
  3. Create your project.
  4. Submit your project by March 20, 2016, 11:59 pm.

*If you’re a high school teacher or counselor, click here to print our Teacher Flyer pdf!


  • You must be a graduating high school senior that will be attending a college or university to continue your education -OR- a currently enrolled college student with a year or more remaining in your education.
  • All United States students are eligible.
  • You can apply to any or all of the five scholarships available, but there will only be one scholarship awarded per person.
  • Your project must be original & creative! No plagiarism will be tolerated!

Read full terms & conditions here:

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning on applying, attending, or already accepted to a college or university, or currently enrolled full- or part-time at an accredited college or university in the United States of America with a year or more remaining in their education. Additionally, students must have met all of the requirements described on this website ( Employees of Honors Graduation and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadline of March 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm in order to qualify for the scholarship program. There are no citizenship requirements.


By submitting your essay, you agree that we may display the project on our websites. This will likely only be done for winning candidates, and will only include the applicant’s name and the project itself. No other contact information we collect will be used without explicit permission obtained beforehand via email.

Choosing a Winner:

Submissions will be evaluated by our judges only after all submissions have been received on March 20, 2016. The merit of entries will be determined based on subjective criteria such as creativity and insightfulness. A full list of FAQs on each medium may be found on our prompts and mediums page. Applicants may also email scholarship chair, Mary, ( with questions. Honors Graduation plans on having one winner per category, and no single person may win in more than one category. If the scholarship committee at Honors Graduation feels as though there is not a project that meets the standards of a winning submission, they may not reward the $1,000 prize to any or all 5 award areas.


The winning entrant will, upon verification of eligibility criteria as described above, receive their one-time scholarship disbursement of $1,000 in the form of a check from Honors Graduation to the approved school or university, listing the student as the beneficiary, depending on individual school “outside scholarship policies.” Winners will be contacted by April 4th, 2016, and funds distributed after that date. It is the recipient’s exclusive responsibility to ensure that funds are received by the school or university and should notify us if that does not happen within 30 days of the date the check is issued.

Honors Graduation reserves the right to discontinue this program at any time without any notice. This promotion is void where prohibited.

26 thoughts on “Welcome to the 2016 scholarship!”

  1. hi, which is the email address to send my essay?, please let me know as soon as possible.

  2. I would love to offer this scholarship to our students but your deadline for acceptance into college for a high school student is too early. Most students do not find out if they are accepted until April.

    1. Thank you for bringing this to our attention! We’re changing it to say that they do not have to be accepted, only that they’ve already applied. Let us know if you have any more suggestions!

    1. Hi, Crystal. “You can send us anything creative involving words on paper that answers the prompt. Your requirements are to have no more than 1,200 words, and to stay away from overly academic or technical writing.” (creative writing faqs). So poetry would be acceptable; a recording of spoken writing would not.

      Scholarship Chair

    1. As per the rules, “You can apply to any or all of the five scholarships available, but there will only be one scholarship awarded per person.”

      Scholarship Chair

    1. Hi, Claire. As this is a creative writing category, it should not be an essay. “Creative writing goes beyond the traditional bounds of academic or technical writing. Fiction and non-fiction novels, biographies, short stories, poems, and screenplays can fit this description.

      There is no minimum word count. Max is 1,200 words. Any that goes over this will be disqualified. EVERY SINGLE ONE will be checked upon submission. The point of this is to awake creativity. As stated above, essays that become technical or academic will not be accepted. Please tell us a story, or paint us a picture with your words.” See Creative Writing FAQ’s

      Scholarship Chair

  3. Hello,
    I have a question about eligibility. Under Eligibility Criteria, it says one must meet all the requirements listed on this site (, however I cannot seem to find a list of requirements. Could you please direct me to where I can find these requirements?

  4. I am trying to apply to this scholarships but I found out that they don’t have “DC” in the state tag box and want to know what to do? or if I can not apply?

  5. Hello,
    I am considering applying for this scholarships, but I am a bit confused. Do we reply to one of the two prompts, and also submit a piece of art replying to the quotes? Or do we make a piece of art replying to one of the two prompts? I would greatly appreciate a reply.

    1. You must be the sole writer, editor, and director of your film. If you have outside help with actors, you must credit them, but you need to be the main creator of your video.

      Mary Wade
      Scholarship Chair

  6. To apply to the multiple scholarships do we apply twice answering both the prompts separately or do we answer one of the prompts multiple ways?

  7. If you are currently a student and will be attending a college in the fall, you are eligible. If you are not currently a student, you are not eligible.

    Mary Wade
    Scholarship Chair

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