Welcome to the 2017 scholarship!

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The 2017 HonorsGradU multimedia scholarship is now closed. Check out the awardees’ work here, and check back this summer for information on the 2018 scholarship!


Back in 2013, we started with a typical essay-format scholarship program. As exceptionally creative voices emerged over the next two years, we recognized the need to provide more creative options for those voices to be better heard.

And so, starting in 2015, our multimedia format emerged, accepting applications in art, creative writing, music, photography, and videography, and we have been moved and inspired by the beautiful pieces from students all over the country. (See winners’ work here)!

2017 Scholarship:

For our 5 year anniversary, we will offer the same five creative multimedia options. However, to keep the competition fair amid increasing numbers of college applicants, we will adopt one change this year: The first four categories (art, creative writing, music, and photography) will be for high school seniors only, and videography will be for college applicants only.

We are providing the same 2017 prompt across all medium options:

Represent your views about the concepts of education vs. learning.


  1. Read the Rules and Terms & Conditions (below)
  2. Pick a MEDIUM & read about its requirements:
    • Art
    • Creative Writing
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Video (college students only)
  3. Create your project.
  4. Submit your project by April 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm MST.

*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.
  • High school seniors can apply in any or all of the 4 high school categories (art, creative writing, music, or photography), but there will only be one scholarship awarded per person. College students can apply only in the videography category, and may likewise submit more than one project, with only 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 (http://honorsgradu.com/). Employees of Honors Graduation and their families are not eligible to participate. Submissions must be received before the deadline of April 16, 2017 at 11:59 pm MST in order to qualify for the scholarship program. Mailed applications must be postmarked by that deadline. 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, school, and the project itself. No other personal 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 April 16, 2017. The merit of entries will be determined based on criteria including elements of design, craftsmanship, persuasive voice with regards to the prompt, emotion, and originality. A full list of FAQs on each medium may be found on our prompts and mediums page. After carefully reviewing the available information on our site, applicants may also email scholarship chair, Mary, (scholarship{at}honorsgraduation{dot}com) with further 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 May 15, 2017, 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 Replies to “Welcome to the 2017 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 (http://honorsgradu.com/), 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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