Getting Lost in a Book May Help You Win a Scholarship


Steacie LibraryThe introduction of the Internet has changed many things in our lives, such as how and where we access information. Not too long ago, students wandered through aisles of books in a building called a library and used a manual card catalog system to locate items on the shelves. They sat in beanbag chairs hunched over their favorite novels or snuggled into comfy couches to read. Now, everything is digital and a great majority of us get our information from the world-wide web. Visits to the library have become rare, especially after the invention of the Kindle and the Nook. We can now access our favorite stories anywhere at any time. Although how we access books has changed, many of us still pursue our love of reading. Did you know that getting lost in a book might actually help you win a scholarship? It’s true. There are scholarship programs out there for avid readers, as well as those who love to write novels and stories too. The Fountainhead Some of the best scholarships for readers are through the Ayn Rand Institute. This organization hosts three (3) annual scholarship programs based on Ayn Rand’s novels: Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Students must write an essay based on one of the prompts that directly relates to the novel they must read for their age category. There are over 500 awards available between the three programs with prizes ranging from $30 – $10,000. Students in 8th grade through graduate school all have opportunities to participate. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest offers any student who loves to write a chance to win $500, $750, $1,000 or $5,000 for writing an unpublished manuscript under 17,000 words that is within the science fiction, fantasy or horror genre. Each quarter, three students will be chosen for the $500-$1,000 awards. The 1st place winners from each quarter will then compete for the top award of $5,000. In keeping up with technology, there’s also a new Blogging Scholarship available for high school seniors and undergraduate students. Student blog entries must address what the student thinks is America’s most important political issue and how it could be addressed to benefit the majority. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. Whether you love to read or write, books can provide so much for everyone. A book can let you escape from a stressful day, fill your mind with visions of fantasy worlds or, better yet, lead you to free money for college! To learn about more reading or writing scholarships, be sure to start your free scholarship search at today.

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