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Achievement Awards in Writing

Offered by National Council of Teachers of English

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 9, 2023
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School Sophomores & Juniors

Application deadline:

March 1, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school sophomore or junior interested in entering an essay contest? If so, consider applying for the Achievement Awards in Writing! The awards are open to nominated students who submit a piece of creative/argumentative writing. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), a nonprofit professional association of educators, offers the contest to recognize students’ talents and achievements. The NCTE focuses on improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. Each year, multiple winners are chosen and receive a certificate. Additionally, winners of the “First Class Award” will have their name and their school’s name appear on the NCTE website. If you are passionate about writing, we encourage you to apply!

While the scholarship cycle does not open until November 15 of each year, students are encouraged to start thinking of and preparing their first drafts early.

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to high school sophomores and juniors who are nominated by their school’s English department. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Sophomores & Juniors


US Citizens, Canadian Citizens


Applicants with an interest in Creative Writing are also eligible

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and the below application materials.

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact National Council of Teachers of English at [email protected].

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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