Michelle Obama Award for Memoir

Awarded By:

Penguin Random House / Scholarships of America

Number of Awards & Eligibility: One award available for disbursement
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a current high school seniors at a public high school in the United States graduating Spring of 2023
  2. Must be 21 years old or younger

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: We are honored to announce the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards’ Michelle Obama Award for Memoir. In recognition of Michelle Obama’s long-standing commitment to mentorship and education, as well as her inspiring leadership in encouraging young people to discover the power of telling their own stories, this award grants a college scholarship of $10,000 to one young, promising writer. This year, we are thrilled to announce that we are adding the Michelle Obama Award for Memoir to our program. This award is one of five creative writing awards given by Penguin Random House. Other categories include fiction/drama; the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry; and the Maya Angelou Award for Spoken Word. In recognition of the Creative Writing Awards previously being centered in New York City, the competition will award an additional first-place prize to the top entrant from the NYC area.

Application requirements for the Michelle Obama Award for Memoir are:

  • Application form
  • Original literary composition
Additional Information: Penguin Random House is passionate about encouraging the next generation of readers and authors and promoting diverse voices and stories. For more than 25 years, Penguin Random House has supported this mission through the Creative Writing Awards, which in 2019 entered into an innovative new partnership with national advocacy nonprofit We Need Diverse Books. Through this program, Penguin Random House will award college scholarships of up to $10,000 each to five public U.S. high school seniors, nationwide. Creative Writing Awards winners have gone on to become professional and award-winning authors. Since 1993, this program has awarded more than $2.8 million dollars to public high school students for original poetry, memoir/personal essay, fiction/drama, and spoken-word compositions. This signature program continues to empower and celebrate hundreds of young writers each year. This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability, or national origin.

Award Amount: $10,000 will be awarded to the chosen applicant  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $10,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Deadline to apply: February 1st 3:00 pm CT or when 1000 applications have been received. No late entries will be accepted.
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