COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP CONTESTS
If you really think about it the student who works hard in school has been preparing for scholarship contests all his life. Every time he cracked a book he was preparing for college and the rest of his life and the money—through scholarship contests—that might help him get there.
This is why it is such an injustice to give out so many scholarships that are not based on merit or scholarship contests. You start to build an entire country of those who feel entitled to things without earning them and, in the end, you see what is happening today with unions.
Most scholarship contests are sponsored by a group of people who want to promote a certain quality they believe in whether that is artistic talent, math talent, whatever. They create scholarship contests to promote their idea, their values.
You can see where this becomes a problem when there are no scholarship contests. Students who receive a scholarship based on their ethnicity or gender begin to believe that this is what is important about them—after all, it got them a scholarship, didn’t it? Too many of them drop out after a short stint on campus because they simply aren’t ready to do college-level work.
The message here is if you are going to conduct social experiments at least do it with your own money. The United States government will tax you into oblivion to pay for the redistribution of money in the form of politically correct scholarships.
The Siemens Foundation believes in changing the world as well—they just do it with their own hard-earned money. The Siemens We Can Change the World scholarship contest is open to K-12 students. The students are encouraged to develop innovative green solutions for environmental issues. Maybe they change the world, maybe they don’t, but Siemens will finance this one, thank you very much.
Then there is the Golden Key Math Scholarship. All you have to do is write a math-related paper less than 10,000 words and you can possibly be one of two winners of $1,000. And you thought you’d never find a scholarship to match your math and writing talents.
The Letterman Telecommunications Scholarship really allows—no, encourages—you to spread your creative wings and fly. This scholarship contest doesn’t care much if you make a short film, an audio tape, video tape or even if you show your talent through a brief research effort—they just want it to be good, creative, and maybe a little funny (hey, this is a scholarship named for David Letterman).
If you have a real talent for moving people with your words you should try the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay contest. This essay will explore the concept of political courage. It’s a wide open topic and something a creative mind might be able to really have fun with.
The Art Posters Design Competition wants you to design a poster with the theme, “Life is better with art in it.” If you win this contest you receive a full-tuition graphic design scholarship. So if you like color, composition and creativity, this just might be the contest for you.