You may use any essay you’ve written; please don't write a new one. We don't have a specific essay prompt, but we recommend that you use a college admissions essay or some other essay that tells us about you as a person. You don't need an essay to start an application, but you need one to be eligible to win a prize.
You must be applying for an undergraduate degree for enrollment at an accredited institution within the United States or Canada in 2017 (or 2018 if taking a gap year).
Your GPA doesn't matter. Your activities and accolades don't matter. Only your essay and Merit total matter for the monthly prize. The $10,000 Grand Prize, awarded to one of the four $2,000 Monthly Winners or one of ten other Grand Prize Finalists we select, also requires a one-hour interview.