Clinton Foundation Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest

Clinton Foundation Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: March 31, 2021
The Clinton Foundation focuses on creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. Arkansas students in 11th or 12th grades are invited to write a 1,500 word (minimum) essay exploring one of these three focus areas. Students are asked to define a challenge, propose an idea to alleviate the challenge, and develop a strategy for putting that idea into action. The top three students will be recognized, and the student with the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. The essay must be submitted by March 31, 2021. Click here to submit your essay online. Please note, The Contest is open only to students who (a) are Arkansas residents, (b) are currently in the 11th or 12th grade, and (c) will enroll in an institution of higher education that accepts financial aid within eighteen (18) months of their graduation from high school.

For the second year, we're partnering with the Clinton Global University (CGI U), to provide an additional element to the Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest. Arkansas students in 12th grade, who are planning to enroll in a college or university in Fall 2021, could have the opportunity to participate in the CGI U student program.

Students who are interested in applying for this unique opportunity should write an additional 1,000-word (minimum) essay which expands on the original Ideas Matter Essay Contest prompt (above). They should detail how their strategy is innovative when compared to other individuals or organizations addressing a similar problem. You can name specific organizations working in the field, outline how they are tackling an issue, and explore why you think your approach will be more successful than others. Feel free to show off your research in citing sources and quoting experts too.

To qualify for the CGI U student program element of the contest, entrants must be:
• An Arkansas resident
• Currently enrolled in an Arkansas high school as a 12th grader
• Planning to enroll in a college or university in Fall 2021.


Submit your essay online or through the mail to:

Nate Thomas, Educational Programs Manager
1200 President Clinton Ave.
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201

If you have any questions regarding the essay contest, please contact Nate Thomas, Educational Programs Manager, at (501) 766-5576 or [email protected].

Click here to see the Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest Official Rules and Regulations.
Click here to see the grading rubric for the Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest.

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