About the Contest
The Virginia Council on Women (Council) will provide one merit-based and one need-based scholarship to high school seniors in each of the five geographic regions across the Commonwealth through a STEM essay contest. This year, merit-based scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the essay submitted, and the need-based scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the essay and the individual's self-identified financial need. Award amounts may vary and are determined by the Council annually.
Contest launches: Friday, October 18, 2019
Contest ends: Friday, January 10, 2020
Scholarship award recipients notified: Friday, February 28, 2020
Scholarship award recipients reception: Spring 2020
Scholarship dispersed: July 2020
Contest Eligibility Requirements
All applicants for the Virginia Council on Women STEM Essay Contest must:
Write a 700-1,000-word essay responding to the following:
- Your motivation for pursuing a STEM career
- Your anticipated course of STEM study, trade, and/or profession
All essays are judged on the following:
- Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar
About the Geographic Regions: For the purposes of the STEM Essay Contest, the Virginia Council on Women has identified five geographic regions across the Commonwealth of Virginia. One individual from each of the regions below will be selected as a scholarship award recipient.