Youth Scholarship Essay Contest

The WAESN Youth Advisory Board has created a scholarship opportunity for students in grades 5-12.

A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a winner in each of the following grade bands:

  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11-12


Submissions open September 6th, 2022 and are due by October 31st, 2022. Awards will be announced January 1st, 2023.


Tells us about a time you’ve broken the rules and why you did it.

Racist, unjust systems can’t be changed by following the rules, so in your essay, tell us about a time you pushed back on the system by engaging in civil disobedience.

How did your actions fight for justice?

How did your actions help your communities?

How did the experience affect you as a person? Did you change? If so, how? If not, why?

All submissions should be between 500 and 700 words. Essays awarded scholarships will be featured on our blog.


Youth Scholarship candidates must be students attending a school in Washington State and be currently enrolled in grades 5-12.

Selection Guidelines

Submissions will be assessed on content, not writing mechanics. Submissions will be accepted in any language. Submissions that answer the prompt and each of the sub-questions above will have a greater chance of being selected.

Submit Your Essay Here!