International Online Essay Competitions For Students

Essay Contest


During the month of August International Student hosted an essay contest, encouraging everyone to submit their best short essay for a chance to win a gift card of their choice in the amount of $200 (first place), $75 (second place), and $25 (third place).

In addition to the winnings, the three winners receive the honor of having their essay and short bio, published on International Student – a site reaching millions of international students each year.

Congratulations to all the Finalists!

The response to the contest was tremendous and we thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your submissions. It is our pleasure to present the following finalists essays.

View the finalists and winners

*Rules & Regulations for the 2013 International Student Essay Contest:

  1. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM, EST on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Applications submitted after that time will not be accepted.
  2. Three winners (first, second, and third place) will be selected by an judging panel consisting of International Student employees.
  3. You must be 18 or older and be a resident in a jurisdiction in which the International Student Essay Contest and all of its terms and conditions are compliant with all applicable laws. In addition, you must reside in a jurisdiction in which payment to you of the prize money is not prohibited by any US federal, state or other applicable laws.
  4. Your essay entry will be the property of InternationalStudent.com.
  5. The winner of the International Student Essay Contest will be announced on our website and social media the week of September 23, 2013.
  6. The winner will also be notified by email.

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The Reach Cambridge scholarship essay competition is designed for academically excellent high school students aged between 15 and 17 who would otherwise not be able to attend our summer programs. Please note that this scholarship competition is not for application to the University of Cambridge.

Please note, the Scholarship Scheme for 2018 is now closed. Successful applicants will be contacted on or after the 31st December 2017.

What are the prizes?

First Prize:

3 week scholarship prize (awarded to a maximum of 2 students): 100% of the program fee for our 3 week Program 1 in 2018.

Second Prize

2 week scholarship prize (awarded to a maximum of 3 students): 100% of the program fee for either our two week Program 2 or our two week Program 3 in 2018.

Please note that both prizes include all those items ordinarily covered by the program fee. They do not include the cost of flights, or other items which are not ordinarily covered by the program fee. We may also award a prize for our Spring Program which will be decided at the discretion of the Scholarship Team. See terms & conditions for further details.

What is the essay question and what else will be taken into consideration?

The essay question for this year’s scholarship competition is:

“In an age of quick and easy global communication, what is the value of face-to-face interaction and learning with students from around the world?”

To craft a good essay requires careful argumentation, clear structure and personality. It is these characteristics that we will look for in judging applicants’ essays. We will also take into account the letter of recommendation supplied by your school.

How do I enter?

In order to enter the competition, follow these simple steps to complete a full application by the 1st of December 2017:

  • Follow the link below to set up a Reach Cambridge scholarship account (do not use the “apply” button at the top right of our website – you cannot set up a scholarship account through that link)
  • From your main account page, select the “Scholarship” tab on the left
  • Copy your essay into the box provided (it should be no longer than 1000 words). Answer all other questions on the page.
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of staff at your school must be uploaded using the form in the Scholarship Tab of your account page. This should be written on official headed school paper, and should outline why you are a good candidate for the scholarship: it should tell us what makes you academically excellent, and it must give us some indication of your financial circumstances. For example, if you attend a fee-paying school, the letter must specify whether you attend the school on a scholarship, or whether you are full or part fee-paying. It must include contact details for the member of staff so that we can contact them for further information if necessary. This is the only part of the application that should come from your school – the rest needs to be completed by you.
  • You must also complete the School Transcript, Declaration Form, Parent Info, and School Info sections of your account. Please note that if you do not complete all these sections of your application, we will not consider your application. They should all be “ticked” on your account page before the deadline.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 31st December 2017, and will be invited for an online interview.

Please ensure you read the scholarship essay competition terms and conditions before applying. By submitting an application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

THE SCHOLARSHIP SCHEME FOR 2018 IS NOW CLOSED

Scholarship Essay Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 17 on 1st July 2018, and currently studying at high school.
  • The students must complete the essays independently – they must be original non-plagiarised work.
  • The closing date for scholarship applications is 1stof December 2017 at 23:00 GMT. We will only consider full applications submitted by this date. A full application is one that includes an answer to the essay question and all other questions on the “Scholarship” tab, the letter of recommendation from your school, and also has the following sections completed on the account page: School Transcript, Declaration Form, Parent Info, School Info.
  • Applicants from fee-paying schools will only be considered if their letter of recommendation confirms that they attend the school on a scholarship.
  • The prizes provide without charge all those items ordinarily covered by the program fee, including accommodation, all excursions, lectures, theatre trips, workshops and tuition, and half board meals.
  • These prizes do not include those items which are not ordinarily covered by the program fee: flights; transportation to/from Cambridge at the start and end of the program if travel is undertaken independently; third meal of the day (half board is provided); optional enhancements shown to have an extra fee; snacks, drinks and meals purchased away from the program; pocket money and souvenirs; visa costs (if required); books for credit courses and classes; laundry (aside from bed linen); travel insurance, medical insurance and any medical or dental fees.
  • It is not guaranteed that Reach Cambridge will offer scholarship prizes to any of the candidates. Reach Cambridge reserves the right to not award scholarship prizes.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 31st December 2017.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an online interview in early January 2018, and will be notified of the outcome by the end of January.
  • The author of the students’ recommendation letter may be contacted for further information.
  • The final decision on prize winners rests with Reach Cambridge Ltd. By submitting an application for the scholarship the student agrees to respect and honour the decision made by Reach Cambridge.
  • By submitting an application to the scholarship competition, the student agrees to assist with promoting the scholarship scheme if awarded a prize.
  • The successful applicant also agrees to their name being published on the Reach Cambridge website, as well as on its social media pages.
  • The student must have permission from a parent or guardian to accept the scholarship. Scholarship prizes are conditional on parental approval – a parent/guardian will be required to sign a declaration that they accept the Reach Cambridge terms and conditions and rules and regulations.
  • By applying for this scholarship, the student agrees to abide by the Reach Cambridge Terms and Conditionsand Rules and Regulations, available on our website, as well as these scholarship terms and conditions
  • Students do not have to pay a deposit before applying for the scholarship.
  • Please note that all terms and conditions for Reach Cambridge courses, including the cancellation policy, also apply for scholarship applicants.

 

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