2018 Open Essay Competition

Sponsor: Vanilla Pilgrim Foundation

award type
May 1st, 2018
application deadline
Not Reported
Prior Year

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There are plenty of scholarships for the athletic, the intelligent, minorities, the handicapped, the needy. We think it is time to have a scholarship for the "Everyday Joe" or "Plain Jane." We think you are just as special. In 400 - 500 words, tell us what makes you the most vanilla / boring person in the world. Each month we establish a winner and announce the name as well as post the essay to serve as a model for others. Every May we will judge the 12 winners to see who wins the $700 dollar scholarship. $3.95 Reader / Judging fee.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be at least 17 years old
  • Restricted to residents of Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, or Maryland

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