What is the AdmissionHook.com Scholarship?
This award is part of our ongoing mission to help students get into and pay for the college of their dreams. There are three ways to win the scholarship.  First, you can create an account and submit your essay.  If your essay is one of the top 5 vote recipients, your essay will be reviewed by a committee and the winner will be notified within 14 days of the close of the scholarship contest.  Second, you can create an account and vote on other student's essays (you can also vote on your own).  The registered user who votes on the most essays as of the scholarship deadline will receive a $500 scholarship.  Finally, if you do not want to create an account, you can write a 250 or less word essay answering the question: "What is your hook?"  That is, why should a college accept you, or why should we give you a scholarship?  What is your passion?  What makes you different?  To enter the 250 word scholarship, follow this link: http://admissionhook.com/Scholarship_Application.htm.

Who can apply for our scholarship?

Any 9th-12th grade high school student, current college student, or adult intending to return to college. The scholarship is only to be used for undergraduate study.  There are no age limits but you have to be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How do I apply?
Please note that we only accept online applications. This is an essay contest, and our goal is to collect sample essays to help future students learn how to write a winning essay as well as to provide scholarship money for needy students. The essay should either be the essay you used for the Common Application or a response to the Common Application Essay topics:

  1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
  3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
  4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
  5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
  6. Topic of your choice.


When is the deadline?
The scholarship is awarded bi-annually. The next deadline is June 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

How can I use the award?
The award must be used for tuition or tuition-related fees, textbooks, or room and board at an accredited undergraduate college or university in the United States. The check will be written directly to the college or university.  Award range: $250 to $1,000 per award.

How are the winners selected?

Winners are chosen by a committee, which bases its decision on the submitted essay. We are looking to help give a student a chance. We are looking for essays that showcase the students unique personality and passion. The decision of the selection committee is final.

How do I know if I'm a winner?

Unfortunately, due to the number of applications that we receive we can only notify the winners of the scholarship.

 Who are the previous winners?
The September 2014 $1,000 Essay winner was Amber Georges and the $500 Essay Voting Contest Winner was Caitlin Crawford.  To learn more about the previous winners visit our Scholarship Winners page.