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The Paradigm Challenge

Offered by Project Paradigm

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated May 16, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

High School Students

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.

May 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a student between the ages of 4 and 18 interested in helping solve world problems? If so, consider entering the Paradigm Challenge! The competition is open to students aged 4 to 18 from all over the world who create a project that helps solve a real-world issue. Students are encouraged to work in groups and submit their projects in almost any form they would like. Possible topics to address include home fires, waste reduction, personal health, food security, and biodiversity.

Project Paradigm is the organization that has hosted the contest since 2015. It started with the belief that the youth have a natural ability for innovation. Since then, the Paradigm Challenge has supported participants whose creative projects encourage global change. The top 100 entries win between $200 and $100,000 in prize money, in addition to an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the award ceremony in Los Angeles, California. If you are passionate about creating a project to help tackle global challenges, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to students aged 4 to 18 who use kindness, creativity, and collaboration to help solve real-life problems and make a difference. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Students


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

Academic Interest

Computer Science, Visual & Performing Arts, Film/Video Production

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and create a project that proposes a solution for fires, waste, health, food security, or biodiversity. Some acceptable project forms include posters, videos, inventions, public messages, community events, websites, or mobile apps.


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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens, Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and DACA students.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Project Paradigm at

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the The Paradigm Challenge 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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