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Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Fountainhead)

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Offered by Ayn Rand Institute

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Mar 22, 2024
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

High School Students

Application deadline:

June 7, 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school student with a passion for literature and politics? You might consider applying for the Ayn Rand Institute Novel Essay Contest (Fountainhead)! 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 Fountainhead. Nine prizes of varying amounts are awarded each year, with a grand prize of $25,000! If you’ve read The Fountainhead, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

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

Grade Level

High School Students


U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA, Other

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest


Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit an 800 - 1,600 word essay that answers one of three prompts about The Fountainhead. Essays should be logically-organized, clear, and illustrate an incredibly in-depth understanding of the meaning of The Fountainhead 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

Is this scholarship open to international students?

Yes, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA students and international students.

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 (Fountainhead) 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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