- Available Money - 5/10
- Application Clarity - 7/10
- Judging Transparency - 8/10
- Max Award: $20,000
- Min Award: $1,000
- Number of Awards: 500
- Eligibility: High School Seniors + Undergraduates + Grad Students
- Scholarship Type: Essay Contest
- Judging Criteria: Understanding, Writing Style, Originality
- Deadline: March 25, 2016
- Website: https://www.aynrand.org/students/essay-contests
Here’s the inside story on the Ayn Rand Essay Contest…
This is Ayn Rand, a Russian-American author known for her controversial novels–The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged–and development of the Objectivist philosophy.
And just so you sound legit when you’re talking about the scholarship you applied to… ‘Ayn’ rhymes with this stuff.
The scholarship that the Ayn Rand Institute offers is an essay contest (between 800 and 1,600 words) based on Rand’s 1957 dystopian novel, Atlas Shrugged.
The essay must answer one of three questions posed by the Ayn Rand Institute and demonstrate “an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of Atlas Shrugged.”
The first phase of judging examines the quality of writing, to rule out entries that have obvious spelling, grammatical, and organizational problems.
In intermediate and final judging rounds, two separate graders—including both college professors and graduate students from around the country who are Ayn Rand experts—read each essay.
Chances are you’ll have to write an essay on a novel for school anyway. So why not pick Atlas Shrugged and try to get some cash out of it?