The Delete Cyberbullying scholarship is seeking the best essay on the topic of cyberbullying, and this scholarship is open to all high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students!
Being cyberbullied is similar to being bullied in person—and it can be just as painful. Many students find themselves harassed by hundreds of anonymous cyberbullies via text message, instant message, email, and social media. The emotional stress of this can be so extreme that, tragically, some victims have taken their own lives.
Delete Cyberbullying wants to put an end to cyberbullying once and for all! You can help them by sharing your experiences with or your creative solutions to cyberbullying as part of their scholarship program. Here are some additional details:
Website: The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship
Award Amount: $1,250
Deadline: June 30
- Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Must be attending or planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university
- Must be a high school, college, or graduate student
To apply for this scholarship, you’ll need to complete an application online and write a 500-word essay on either of the two topics listed below. According to the scholarship provider, they will judge the essays on creativity, content, and a commitment to the cause of cyberbullying.
Your essay options are:
Option #1: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?”
Option #2: “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?“
My Advice For Option #1 …
Option #1 is a great choice for students who have not been affected personally by cyberbullying but who are passionate about the cause. Since one of the judging criteria for the essay is “a commitment to the cause of cyberbullying,” I would be sure to discuss how you plan to continue to fight cyberbullying in the future.
Also, remember that the scholarship is looking for creative entries and experiences. The more creative you can be about how you plan to work to eliminate cyberbullying, the better chance you’ll have of being selected.
My Advice For Option #2 …
Option #2 is best for those applicants who have either been personally affected by cyberbullying or who have friends or family members who have been affected.
The key to writing a great essay on this topic is to tell a cohesive story. To do this, you’ll want to explain (1) who was affected, (2) the facts and circumstances of the cyberbullying, (3) how it made you feel, and (4) what lessons were learned or steps were taken to prevent this from happening again. (Note: This isn’t the only way to write this essay, but it’s a great starting point!).
One Last Note
For essay contests like this one, the key to winning is to have a passionate, creative point of view on the topic. I highly suggest that potential applicants for this scholarship spend some time researching cases of cyberbullying to get a deeper understanding of the problem. The more knowledgeable you are about the problem, the better you’ll be at crafting a solution that could earn you this scholarship.
Find even more scholarship opportunities in our post on upcoming 2014 college scholarship deadlines