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Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged)

Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 24, 2024
Multiple awards worth


Grade level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

November 6, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student with a passion for reading, writing, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand? If so, we may just have the perfect opportunity for you: the Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write an 800 – 1,600 word essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or plot point of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Eighty-four students are awarded for their efforts, earning between $25 and $10,000 each. If you’re familiar with Atlas Shrugged, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!

About Ayn Rand Institute

The Ayn Rand Institute is a California-based nonprofit “think tank” dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Ayn Rand’s philosophies.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Academic Interest


Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit an online application and the below application materials. Essays should be logically-organized, clear, and illustrate an incredibly in-depth understanding of the meaning of “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. Whether a judge agrees or disagrees with an applicant’s argument will not be a factor in scoring.

1,600-word essay

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Scholarship FAQ

When will the winner of this scholarship be announced?

The Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged) winner will be announced: February 2024.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Ayn Rand Institute at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Atlas Shrugged) is not renewable.

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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