Clinton Foundation Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest
Deadline: May 22, 2020 (Updated!)
The Clinton Foundation focuses on creating economic opportunity, improving public health, and inspiring civic engagement and service. Arkansas students in 11th and 12th grades are invited to write a 1,000-word (minimum) essay exploring one of these three focus areas. Students are asked to define a challenge, propose an idea to alleviate that challenge, and develop a strategy for putting that idea into action. The student with the winning essay will be awarded a $2,500 college scholarship. Click here to submit your essay online.
NEW THIS YEAR:
This year, we're excited to partner with Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), to provide an additional element to the Ideas Matter Scholarship Essay Contest for Arkansas high school seniors. Arkansas students in 12th grade, who are planning to enroll in an institution of higher education in Fall 2020 - Spring 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 Scholarship Essay Contest prompt (above). They should detail how their strategy is innovative as 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:
• Arkansas high school students in 12th grade or graduating from high school in 2020
• Planning to enroll in an institution of higher education in Fall 2020
• Interested in participating in the CGI U student program
CGI U staff will partner with the winning entrant to provide mentorship throughout the 2021 CGI U application process. Once the winning entrant is accepted as a CGI U participant, the student will receive sponsorship to cover travel and lodging associated with the CGI U 2021 Annual Meeting programming.
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) 748-0520 or [email protected].
Click here for official rules for the Ideas Matter Essay Contest.
Click here to see the grading rubric for the Ideas Matter Essay Contest.