Scholarship Essay Contest

Thank you for your interest in the International College Counselors Scholarship.


WHAT: International College Counselors is giving away two (2) $250 scholarships.


ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: All high school freshmen, sophomores or juniors can participate. Students from public and private schools, homeschool, and international students are eligible.


HOW TO ENTER:  All entrants must write an essay of 500 words or less that addresses the following topic:

If you could create one class in high school that reflects your academic values, interests, and/or outlook on education, what would it be and why

All entries must be submitted via mail to: International College Counselors, 3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208, Ft. Lauderdale, FL  33312.


DEADLINE:  Entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2021.


DETAILS: Two winning essays will be selected: one (1) from a student in Miami Dade County, Broward County, or Palm Beach County; and one (1) at large winner from anywhere in the world, domestic or international, including homeschooled students.  Both winners will receive a $250 scholarship provided by International College Counselors and payable to the winner or the college/university or certified trade school in the United States.

One submittal per contestant.

Winners will be notified the week of June 1, 2021.

Winners names will be posted on the website:


PURPOSE: The goal of the International College Counselors Scholarship is to increase awareness of the value of higher education among students.



•All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Official Student Registration Form available here: Scholarship Application Form

•The entry form must be signed by the student’s legal guardian in the space provided.

•Privacy of contestant information will be strictly safeguarded, will not be published (except to announce name and schools of winners), and will not be used for any purpose not strictly related to this essay contest.

•Homeschooled and International students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a junior in high school.

•It is not necessary for a student to have a sponsoring teacher in order to participate in this contest.

•A copy of the two winning 1st place essays may be submitted to local newspapers for possible publication.



•Entries will be judged for the accuracy and relevance of content, originality, clarity, insight, and the quality of the writing (including spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.). The winners will be selected by the International College Counselors Essay Contest Judging Committee.  Decisions of the Judging Committee are final.

•Entries will be judged anonymously and will not be returned to students. Each essay submitted must be the work of one student and may not be the collective work of more than one student. By submitting an essay, applicants certify that their essays are original, authored solely by them and that in writing their essay they did not plagiarize or otherwise infringe upon the rights of any third parties.

•Winners will be notified by mail, phone, and/or email.  We apologize in advance that we won’t be able to respond to everyone who is not selected as a finalist due to the number of entries we expect. We wholeheartedly appreciate your participation, and we wish we could let everyone know how much we liked his or her thoughts.



•International College Counselors does not share personal information provided explicitly through this website, or gathered implicitly via web server log files, with any other entity for any purpose whatsoever, with limited exception including announcing the winners of the annual International College Counselors Scholarship essay competition.

•Personal information collected on the entry form is used by International College Counselors to properly classify the entry and, in the event the entry is awarded a prize, to contact the winner. Students must acknowledge that the International College Counselors may publish winning essays. Publication may occur on this website or in an e-mail. International College Counselors will announce winners and post winning essays on this website on the contest page. Winners will be identified on this website by name, grade, and school affiliation only. International College Counselors may notify a winner’s school and/or local newspaper of the student’s accomplishment.


EMAIL POLICY: Emails from International College Counselors are free. Students and/or parents may discontinue receiving the newsletter at any time via the Contact Us form on this website.


CONTACT US: Use the International College Counselors Contact Us form to contact us with any and all inquiries about the scholarship or write to



2020 Scholarship Winners

Alexis Ulfe – Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL
Diya Patel – Hillsborough High School, Hillsborough, NJ

2019 Scholarship Winners

Gabriel Leizorek – Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High, Miami, FL
Trang Tron – Florin High School, Sacramento, CA

2018 Scholarship Winners

Emma Sayler – North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, FL
McKinley Wilson – Rickards High School, Tallahassee, FL

2017 Scholarship Winners

Charles Hanlon – Nova High School in Davie, FL
Ashley Weiss – Central Bucks High School, Jamison, PA
Catalina Lizarazo – St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2016 Scholarship Winners

Michelle Silveira – New Bedford High School, New Bedford, MA
Alyssa Guariniello – Coral Glades High School, Coral Springs, FL

2015 Scholarship Winners 

Carlee Goldberg – North Broward Preparatory School, Pompano Beach, FL
Andres Gutierrez – Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami, FL
Leila Doty – Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin, CA

2014 Scholarship Winners 

Jonathan DeWain, Chaminade Madonna College Prep, Miami, FL
Bethany Kirkpatrick, Battle Ground Academy, Franklin, TN
Chloe Schumann, Western High School, Davie, FL
Angel Rodriguez, Palm Beach Central High School, Wellington, FL

2013 Scholarship Winners 

Nicole Malanga, Everglades High School, Miramar, FL
Bianca Roberson, Dr. Michael Krop Hish School, Miami, FL
Daniela Wirtschafter, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Boca Raton, FL
Paola Betencourt, Ridge Community High School, Davenport, FL

2012 Scholarship Winners 

Jesica Vico, College Academy at BC, Davie, FL
Daniel Schramm, Miami Killian Senior High, Miami, FL
Aria Cauthen, Berkmar High School, Lilburn, GA

2011 Scholarship Winners 

Benjamin Bax, MAST Academy, Miami,FL
Daniella Pacitti, American Heritage, Plantation, FL
Danielle Perelman, ShadySide Academy, Pittsburgh, PA
Nicola Landau, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Boca Raton, FL

2010 Scholarship Winners:

Rachel Buxbaum, Beth Jacob School for Girls, MI
Cindy Piepes, Western HS, FL
Jeanna Pelio, Royal Palm Beach HS, FL
Melanie Gravier, School for Advanced Studies, FL


International College Counselors
3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312 USA
(954) 414-9986

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