Essay, Writing and Creative Contests

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. Deadlines are subject to change without notice, and for questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.

Deadline varies or is not available:

Global Citizens Corps - variety of contests that award out prizes and funding for school

James "Rhio" O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund - undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in the U.S. are invited to honor Rhio's spirit of self determination and intellectual curiosity by writing an essay about the use of alternative medical approaches in the treatment of cancer; cash prizes for winning essays



Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - sponsored by the Ayn Rand Institute, for high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students




Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics - essay contest regarding papers on ethical issues


Mensa Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Program - scholarships given solely based on essays written by undergraduate students

Sejong Cultural Society Writing Competition - essay and poetry writing competition open to US and Canadian residents under the age of 25



International Bridge Conference James D. Cooper Student Paper Competition - for college and university engineering students, essay written based on one of many topics given regarding a technical topic in the field of engineering


Princess Grace Foundation USA - awards theatre, playwriting, dance, choreography and film fellowships and scholarships for students who are U.S. citizens or have obtained permanent residency status.


The Independent Institute-Sir John Templeton Fellowships Essay Contest - for college students and junior faculty on topics encouraging the study of the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest - to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen among high school, undergraduate and graduate students


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest - poetry, essay, photo and dance submissions all accepted, that express an individual's idea about capturing the beauty and sense of wonder about nature


The Lincoln Forum-Platt Family Scholarship Prize - essay contest for undergraduate students on topics aimed to preserve the memory of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War

Freedom from Religion Foundation Youth College Essay Contest - scholarships for students writing about experiences as a free thinker