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JASNA Essay Contest (Jane Austen Society of North America)

Offered by Jane Austen Society of North America

Reviewed by Brian GeigerLast updated Jan 6, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

All Grade Levels

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

June 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school, undergraduate, or graduate school student and Janeite (Jane Austen fan)? Or do you simply love Sense and Sensibility and are itching to write an essay about it? If either applies, you might consider applying for the JASNA (Jane Austen Society of North America) Essay Contest! Each year, the contest asks its applicants to write a 6 – 8 page essay in which they analyze and make an argument about an aspect or implication of a Jane Austen novel. Nine students total are awarded for their efforts, earning between $250 and $1,000 each (in addition to a few extra goodies). If you’re familiar with Sense and Sensibility, can make a convincing argument, and want to make some cash, we encourage you to apply. Channel your inner Jane Austen, and get to writing!

Eligibility information

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

Grade Level

All Grade Levels


US Citizens, Permanent Residents, Canadian Citizens, DACA, Other

Minimum GPA

No GPA requirement

Academic Interest


Application information

To apply for this scholarship, submit a 6 - 8 page essay on a prompt related to Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility.

8-page essay

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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 Jane Austen Society of North America at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the JASNA Essay Contest (Jane Austen Society of North America) is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and DACA recipients.

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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