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$500 for 500 Words Online and Educated Scholarship: Congratulations, Monique!

We received over 500 scholarship applications from students around the country who rely on the internet to advance their education. 

After reading through many moving essays, we are proud to announce the recipient of this year’s scholarship: Monique!

How has the internet empowered her education?

Monique is in her second semester of nursing school. In her essay, she wrote about how the COVID-19 pandemic forced her program to go entirely online. 

Nursing programs maintain strict standards for meeting education guidelines, and at first she was worried that she’d have to redo her first semester. But she was determined to keep studying, and she’s been able to continue her lectures, labs, and clinical hours with the help of Zoom and other online tools. 

After she graduates, she hopes to work with children who are battling cancer. We’ve awarded Monique with a $500 scholarship to cover some of her education expenses, and we know she’ll put that money to good use as she continues to pursue her goals. internet scholarship 2020

After the COVID-19 outbreak, students across the country transitioned to online learning and relied on the internet more than ever. With that in mind, is offering one $500 scholarship to a current full-time college student who has relied on the internet to continue their education online.

Changing perspectives on online learning

According to a study in 2019, just 31% of students said they had no concern with online learning versus an on-campus education, and 24% said they were concerned about the quality of online instruction. However, some studies suggest that students learning online perform better on average than those learning the same material in traditional instruction.

Whether an online education works for you or not, one thing is clear: the emphasis on online education isn’t going anywhere. One report suggests that the online education market will reach $350 billion by 2025 as schools and businesses continue to integrate more flexible technologies.

Why are we offering this scholarship?

The global impact of COVID-19 has proven just how essential the internet is in the modern era, making education and internet access more intertwined than ever. At, we believe one of the most empowering aspects of life is education, so we want to help a college student pay for theirs.

We’re giving one person $500 for 500 words on how the internet has helped them continue their education through the pandemic.

Application requirements

  • Prompt: How has the internet helped you continue your education during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Word count: ~500 words
  • Who’s eligible: Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above who are currently enrolled full time in an accredited university
  • Criteria: Essays will be judged on composition, originality, and how well they address the prompt. Entries with poor grammar and spelling may not be considered.
  • Deadline: August 31, 2020, at 11:59:59 p.m. (MST)

We hope this scholarship will help someone move closer toward completing their education, whether that means covering the cost of textbooks or helping them upgrade outdated school equipment. Just be sure to read the terms and conditions below before you apply.

This scholarship may be the best writing assignment you get all year, so go ahead and lay down some thoughts for us for your chance to earn $500 for 500 words.


Applications for this scholarship have closed.


Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.

Employees of, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.

Current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale, and be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university.

Description of Funds

The recipient will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to be applied to qualified education expenses, including tuition and fees required to enroll at or attend an eligible educational institution, and course-related expenses such as fees, books, supplies, and equipment that are required for courses at the eligible educational institution for the 2020-21 academic year. Funds are provided by Payment is issued by, made payable to the student and mailed after September 30, 2020. If the funds are not used for qualified education expenses recipients shall be responsible for all applicable taxes on the funds.

Recipient Selection and Announcements

The recipient is selected after a team of judges reviews all entries, after the deadline of August 31, 2020. Applicants are judged on composition, originality, and how well they address the prompt. The recipient will be announced on September 30, 2020.

Eligible Educational Institutions

The institution must be accredited and listed on the official website of the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants attending military academies are ineligible for this scholarship. All school transfers are subject to accreditation approval.

Permissions reserves the right to alter or discontinue this program at any time without notice. All essay submissions and photographs become the property of and may be reposted or displayed online, in whole or part, without notification. shall be entitled to use, alter, or delete submissions for any purpose whatsoever without compensation to applicants.

Sponsor Information and Scholarship Conditions

The sponsor of this scholarship is whose principal office is located at 5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84116.

There is NO APPLICATION FEE TO APPLY. Any additional consideration otherwise given by applicants will not improve one’s chances of receiving the scholarship.

Route to entry for the scholarship and details of how to enter are available via Individuals may apply by clicking on the participation link on’s website. Upon clicking the participation link, applicants will be asked to provide their name and contact information so that can notify the recipient of the results.

Closing date for applications will be August 31st, 2020 at 11:59:59pm MST. After this date no further applications will be permitted.

Only one recipient will be selected from the entire pool of eligible applicants.

Recipient will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by

The recipient will be notified by email and/or letter on September 30th, 2020. If the recipient cannot be contacted or does not claim the scholarship within 14 days of notification, reserves the right to withdraw the scholarship from the recipient and pick a replacement recipient. will notify the recipient how the scholarship can be collected.

The recipient will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to be applied to qualified education expenses.

The scholarship is not transferable.

The recipient agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the recipient or any other applicants will be used solely in accordance with current federal and state data protection laws.

The recipient’s name will be available 35 days after closing date by sending a stamped addressed envelope to the following address:

Scholarship Coordinator

5202 W. Douglas Corrigan Way, Suite 300

Salt Lake City, UT 84116’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the scholarship will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. accepts no responsibility for applications not received for whatever reason. reserves the right to cancel or amend the scholarship and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of’s control. will notify applicants of material changes to the scholarship as soon as practicable. is not responsible for inaccurate scholarship details supplied to any applicant by any third party connected with this competition.

This scholarship and these terms and conditions will be governed by Utah law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Utah.

This scholarship is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other social network. You are providing your information to and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the Privacy Policy found at

By applying for this scholarship you agree to these Terms and Conditions.

Author -

Trevor's written professionally for five years for editorial publications and retail/e-commerce sites. He lives in Salt Lake City and enjoys photography and making music in his spare time, or you can catch him on your local dance floor bustin' a move.

Editor - Cara Haynes

Cara Haynes has been editing and writing in the digital space for seven years, and she's edited all things internet for for five years. She graduated with a BA in English and a minor in editing from Brigham Young University. When she's not editing, she makes tech accessible through her freelance writing for brands like Pluralsight. She believes no one should feel lost in internet land and that a good internet connection significantly extends your life span.

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