Essay Competition for High School Students

Essay Competition for High School Students for a summer program in the UK

The Reach Cambridge scholarship essay competition is designed for academically excellent high school students aged between 15 and 17 who would otherwise not be able to attend our summer programs. Please note that this scholarship competition is not for application to the University of Cambridge.

What are the prizes?
Full scholarship: A fully-funded scholarship prize for one of our Spring or Summer Programs in 2019.

Partial scholarship: A partially funded scholarship prize for one of our Spring or Summer Programs in 2019.

Please note that both prizes include all those items ordinarily covered by the program fee. They do not include the cost of flights, or other items which are not ordinarily covered by the program fee. See terms & conditions for further details.

What is the essay question and what else will be taken into consideration?
The essay question for this year’s scholarship competition is:

“If you had a billion dollars to invest in your country, what would you invest in and why?”

To craft a good essay requires careful argumentation, clear structure and personality. It is these characteristics that we will look for in judging applicants’ essays. We will also take into account the letter of recommendation supplied by your school and the short video personal statement.

To read more on how to write a good essay, visit our blog.

How do I enter?
In order to enter the competition, follow these simple steps to complete a full application by the 1st of December 2018:

Follow the link below to set up a Reach Cambridge scholarship account (do not use the “apply” button at the top right of our website – you cannot set up a scholarship account through that link)
From your main account page, select the “Scholarship” tab on the left.
Copy your essay into the box provided (the word limit is 1000 words).
Your school must also write a signed letter of recommendation to be uploaded to your account. This should be written on headed paper, and should outline why you are a good candidate for the scholarship: it should tell us what makes you academically excellent, and it must give us some indication of your financial circumstances. For example, if you attend a fee-paying school, the letter must specify whether you attend the school on a scholarship, or whether you are full or part fee-paying. It must include contact details for the member of staff so that we can contact them for further information if necessary. This is the only part of the application that should come from your school – the rest needs to be completed by you.
A short (up to 3 minute long) video should be submitted in the form of a YouTube link as your personal statement. It is a chance for you to tell us a bit about yourself, why you think you are the best scholarship candidate and how a scholarship for a Reach Cambridge program will affect your life.
You must also complete all sections in your personal dashboard (e.g. School Info, Parent Info etc). Please note that if you do not complete all these sections of your application, we will not consider your application. They should all be “ticked” on your account page before the deadline.
Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to notify unsuccessful candidates.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 31st December 2018, and will be invited for an online interview.
If you have any additional questions, please email
Please ensure you read the scholarship essay competition terms and conditions before applying. By submitting an application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.



Scholarship Essay Competition

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