2010 International College Counselors Scholarship: Essay Contest


All Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach students in 9th through 12th grade are eligible to participate.   An essay is required that answers the question: “What makes a good college education?

One winner will be selected from grade 9, one from grade 10, and two from grade 11.  All four winners will receive a $250 scholarship provided by International College Counselors. Learn more about this scholarship at www.InternationalCollegeCounselors.com.  

The goal of the International College Counselors High School Essay Contest is to increase awareness of the value of higher education among high school students in the local area.  


Write an essay that addresses the following topic: What Makes a Good College Education?


• 250-500 Word Essay
• Current high school student
• Attend school in Miami-Dade County , Broward County or Palm Beach County (including   home-schooled students)
• One submittal per contestant
Entries must be submitted via mail to:
    International College Counselors
    4700 Sheridan Street , Suite J
, FL 33021
• Entries may not be sent via facsimile or e-mail.


There will be four awards of $250 Student Scholarships for winning essays.

Essay Deadline: February 27, 2010



  • International College Counselors Essay Contest is open to all 9-11 students in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties . Four winners will be selected: one from each county and another from out of state.  Winners will be notified the week of April 1, 2010


  • Four winning essays will be selected, and winners will each receive a $250 International College Counselors scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States . Winning essays will be posted on the International College Counselors website, http://www.internationalcollegecounselors.com
  • Contestants must compose and submit an original essay in English of no longer than five hundred (500) words that addresses the following topic: What Makes a Good College Education?


  • MAIL SUBMISSIONS INSTRUCTIONSStudents MUST submit their essays via mail.   Entries must be postmarked no later than February 27, 2010. Entries that arrive after the entry deadline will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Each student may enter only one essay.
  • Each contestant must prepare his or her own essay.
  • Essays submitted must include contestant's name, home address, telephone number, school the  student attends, grade level, title of the essay and a word count.


  • 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.
  • Home-schooled 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 four winning 1st place essays will be submitted to local newspapers for possible publication.


  • All submissions must be post marked by February 27, 2010  


  • 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.