International College Counselors 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 fewer that addresses the following topic: High school is a place where you can learn and flourish. What are three things you have learned or hope to learn during your high school career? There are two ways to enter:

  1. Submit your essay online at:
  2. Submit your essay via mail to: International College Counselors, 3107 Stirling Road, Suite 208, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312.


DEADLINE: Entries must be submitted online or postmarked by April 17, 2024.

Winners will be notified no later than the week of June 1, 2024.


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• Privacy of contestant information will be strictly safeguarded, will not be published (except to announce name and schools of winners), and will not be used for any purpose not strictly related to this essay contest.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

• Winners are responsible for providing their mailing addresses and other necessary information in order to receive any prizes. Winners agree to allow International College Counselors to post their names on any of ICC’s affiliated websites and social media. Winning essays may be posted in their entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. International College Counselors may notify a winner’s school and/or local newspaper of the student’s accomplishment. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes


EMAIL POLICY: Students and parents have the opportunity to receive free blogs from International College Counselors and may opt in or opt out at any time on the Scholarship Entry Form. ICC will not share or sell your personal information. 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



2023 Scholarship Winners

Calliope Cuomo – American Heritage School, Plantation, FL
Alejandro Guerrero-Matthias, St. Pius X High School, Houston, TX

2022 Scholarship Winners

Gabrielle Hecht – Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton, FL
Nandana Verier – John P. Stevens High School, Edison, NJ

2021 Scholarship Winners

Alana McBean – Nova High School, Davie, FL
Brianna Yeril Benavides – James Pace Early College High School, Brownsville, TX

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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