2015 Rural Scholarship Essay Contest: $500 from Blaze Wifi - This Scholarship has expired

Blaze Wi-Fi is happy to announce that we are offering a $500 scholarship in our 3rd Annual Rural Scholarship Essay Contest to help promote higher education and improve internet literacy and connectivity in small towns and rural cities across America.

$500 Scholarship Essay Contest for Rural Students from Blaze Wifi

Who Can Apply for the Blaze Wifi Rural Scholarship?

At this time our scholarship is open only to college-bound HS seniors and students enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate level degree program at a college or university located in the United States. You can apply for the Blaze Wifi Scholarship for Rural Students if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident of the U.S.
  • You are (1) a full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level degree program at an accredited college or university or (2) a high school senior planning to attend college in Fall 2016.
  • You have a current grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • You are NOT an employee of or related to an employee of Blaze Wifi

Rural Essay Contest College Scholarship Requirements & How to Apply

How to Apply for the Rural Student Blog Scholarship Essay ContestMany people do not realize that rural areas are more at risk economically than larger cities and more populated areas of the United States. At Blaze Wifi, we want to promote education and the productive use of Internet technology to facilitate growth and positive change in these rural areas of our country.

We offer this scholarship with the sincere hope that the winner might relocate to a rural area of the United States after graduation and do their part in developing rural and under served towns and cities in America.

To apply for the Blaze Wifi Rural Students Scholarship Program, write an in-depth blog post on the following topic:

Because Blaze Wi-Fi is extremely passionate about rural areas and their ability to access the same content as areas that with more readily available internet speeds and access. So we ask: How has the internet changed the rural community to become more connected to the rest of the world? Please support your answer with real life experiences, if possible.

Publish an original personal essay of no fewer than 500 and no more than 1,000 words in length on any blog or website by the application deadline date (see below). Special consideration will be given to candidates who include photos and images in their posts!

In the body of your essay, include a link back to the official Blaze Wifi website (www.blazewifi.com). Look here for more information on how to create an HTML hyperlink.

If you don't have a personal blog already, you can start a free blog quickly and easily here.

Rural Students Essay Scholarship Deadline

To be eligible to win the 2015 $500 Blaze Wifi Scholarship for Rural Students, you must submit your application to scholarship@blazewifi.com using your official school email address* before the deadline of 9:00PM (EST) on June 1, 2015. Include your name and "Scholarship Application" in the email subject line and include the following information in the content of your email:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your degree program and expected graduation year
  • A valid phone number and email address where you can be reached
  • The full name of your high school, university or college
  • The URL address where your application essay is published

Contest Winner Selection and Announcement

Applications will be judged on the originality and creativity of their blog essay by a select panel of judges. Essays must solely be the work of the entrant. Late applications, plagiarized essays and applicants who do not follow all application requirements as listed on this page will be automatically disqualified. Essays with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation will receive special consideration, as will students who publish their essays on free student webpage services hosted by their school.

Rural Students Scholarship Essay ContestThe scholarship winner will be selected by a panel of judges following a thorough review of all entries submitted. The review process will begin immediately following the application deadline. We will link to the winning essay on this page and notify the winner directly within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline.

Past Winners of the Blaze Wifi Scholarship

Update: Blaze Wifi is pleased to announce Morgan Hegarty as the winner of the 2015 Blaze Wifi Scholarship! Check out our new essay prompt for our 2015 scholarship above!

Additional Information

The Blaze Wifi Rural Students Scholarship winner will be awarded a one-time $500 scholarship to be made payable (via US mail or Direct Deposit via PayPal) to the accredited university or directly to the winner as designated by the applicant after the application deadline (June 1, 2016). The scholarship award must be applied to school expenses (including but not limited to tuition, books, fees and on-campus housing fees) during the 2016-2017 school year. Email scholarship@blazewifi.com with additional questions, comments and inquiries about the Rural Students Scholarship Contest.

The term "rural" is actually hard to define. Learn more about the definition here.

*If you do not have an official .edu email address, additional proof of your current college enrolment will be required for eligibility.