Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest– The Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students. You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Applicants: Entrant must be a 12th-grader, college undergraduate or graduate student at the time of the current contest deadline. Verification of school enrollment will be required for all winning entrants.

Due: April, Award: 1st-5th place receive prize money up to $20,000, with residents from Wisconsin having a chance to win more.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund– scholarship aids people active in movements for social and economic justice.

Due: April 1st, Award: $10,000

Fitchburg Optimist Club Scholarship– Awarded to a Fitchburg resident pursuing higher education who is involved working and/or volunteering with youth in the community. The Fitchburg Optimist Club is a group of dedicated volunteers from Fitchburg, WI with the mission of “Bringing out the Best in Kids”.

Applicants: All high school seniors, students with GED diplomas, undergraduate (2yr or 4yr) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools who meet the requirements below are eligible; U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident living in Fitchburg; 21 years old or younger as of 4/28/2017; accepted into an accredited academic/training program to start in the summer or fall of 2017.

Due: April 28th, Award: $1,000

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship– SCSF attracts candidates from all backgrounds, nation-wide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, poverty, and homelessness. They are hardworking, resilient and determined individuals who want to make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and they turn to the SCSF to make their ambitions and dreams possible.

Applicants: High school seniors, or undergraduate students, who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents, under 25, with a minimum 2.0 GPA

Due: April 30th

Great Minds in Stem Scholarship Award– For students pursuing a degree in the STEM fields, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must significantly demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community (Opens January 2017)

Due: April 30th, Award: $500-$10,000

Latpro’s Hispanic Scholarship

Applicants: A full time student in an undergrad or grad program at a Latpro program school (check the website for a list)

Due: April 30th, Award: $3,000

Monica’s Health Magazine Scholarship– Monica’s Health Magazine “strongly believes in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating right and staying active, beneficial in building a strong mind and good character. That is why we are proud to announce the Monica’s Health Magazine Scholarship, awarded to two qualified applicants each year. $2500 (two thousand five hundred U.S. dollars) will be awarded to each of the two winners.”


  • Each applicant must be enrolled in a graduate program, an undergraduate program, or be a high school senior who has a valid acceptance letter to attend an accredited university or college.
  • The institution in which the applicant is enrolled or attending must be one that is accredited and recognized by the highest educational authorities in the applicant’s country.
  • Applicants must be able to provide a valid identification card, document containing an identification number, or other legitimate documentation proving attendance at claimed academic institution.

Essay Subject: Staying healthy can be very beneficial to your life for a variety of reasons, and can happen in a variety of ways.

Due: April 31st, Award: $2,500