The Blogging Scholarship


Is Your Blog Worthy of a Scholarship?

Do you maintain a weblog and attend college? Would you like $1,000 to help pay for books, tuition, or other living costs? If so, read on.

We're giving away $1,000 this year to a college student who blogs. The Blogging Scholarship is awarded annually.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education in the United States; and
  • If you win, you must be willing to allow us to list your name and blog on this page. We want to be able to say we knew you before you became a well educated, rich, and famous blogging legend.

Important Dates:

  • 2013 applications are currently being accepted.
  • The 2013 submission application date is November 13, 2013.
  • Voting begins on November 14, 2013.
  • Voting closes at noon pacific on November 27th, when the winner will be announced on our blog.

Unfortunately, due to a funding shortfall this scholarship is not available this year, however if our fiscal position improves we may reinstate it next year.

Why a Blogging Scholarship?

At College we believe that everyone deserves a shot at a decent education. And we love bloggers. Not for the least of reasons, because we blog, and the founders of this site make a living as bloggers. :)

We believe passion is important. As the world gets more competitive, those who are passionate about what they do, and work close to their passions, will be able to become and stay successful even as technology and automation eat away at many business models. Those who are willing to share their experiences with the world help make the world a better place, even if most bloggers only consider blogging a hobby.

We believe those who freely express themselves are far more likely to find their true passions and connect with people to bring on large scale social change.

Not Blogging Yet? Blogging Rocks...Start Today

If you do not yet blog, consider starting one. We always prefer blogging on your own domain name (because that gives you more flexibility if your blog becomes more than you thought it would be), but there are also many free, quick, and easy to use blogging platforms. A few of the more popular ones are:

  • Wordpress - free blogging platform. You can host your blog on You can also download the Wordpress software program, and host your site on Some hosts, such as Dreamhost, come with one click blog install.
  • Blogger - free blogging platform from Google. You can host your blog on, or publish remotely to
  • Tumblr - a newer hosted blogging platform which has spread virally over the past couple years. In addition to offering subdomains, they also allow you to set up your own custom domain name.
  • MovableType - downloadable software you can install to publish a site on
  • Typepad - paid hosted blogging platform. You can host your blog on or
  • LiveJournal - free blogging platform. You can host your blog on Mostly used for expressing teen angst!
  • Also don't forget to check with your school to see if they offer students blogs. And if you want to keep up with the latest blogging news give ProBlogger a look.

Have a Friend That Blogs?

If you have a friend that blogs feel free to mention this page to them, or if you want to really surprise them nominate them, stating why you think they deserve this scholarship.

Apply Today!

There is a 1,000 word limit for this essay. Like great blog posts, short & interesting is preferred over verbose. Use any of these questions as the basis for your scholarship essay:

  • If you nominated a friend, what makes them and their blog so special?
  • What is the most interesting or inspiring blog post you have ever read? Why did you find it inspiring?
  • How have you used blogging to help yourself or others?
  • What is the most powerful social change you have seen come out of blogging?
  • Why did you start blogging? What does blogging mean to you? Why is blogging important to you?

Please note, if we select you as a finalist we may post your essay on our site.

Past Winners


2012 Grand Prize Winner

Kendra Wells, School of Visual Arts in Manhattan
F Yeah Art Student Owl



2012 First Runner Up

Camille Beredjick, Northwestern University
Gay Writes



2012 Second Runner Up

Martinus Evans
300 Pounds and Running, University of Connecticut



John McAuliff.

2011 Grand Prize Winner

John McAuliff, University of Richmond
Road Trip of Passage


Heather Cohen.

2011 First Runner Up

Heather Cohen, University of Maryland, College Park
Escaping Anergy


David Shiffman.

2011 Second Runner Up

David Shiffman, University of Miami
Southern Fried Science



Christie Wicox.

2010 Grand Prize Winner

Christie Wilcox, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Observations of a Nerd


Christine Mielke.

2010 First Runner Up

Christine Mielke, Santa Clara University


Mark Lamprecht.

2010 Second Runner Up

Mark Lamprecht, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Here I Blog



2008-2009 Grand Prize Winner

David Mauro, Colorado College
David's blog


2008-2009 First Runner Up

David Cameron, UNC-Greensboro
David's blog


2008-2009 Second Runner Up

Thomas Peters, Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Thomas's Blog



Kim Klein.

2007-2008 Grand Prize Winner

Kimberley Klein, Loyola University School of Law
Kim's Blog


Shelley Batts.

2007-2008 Runner Up

Shelley Batts, University of Michigan
Shelley's Blog


Jess Kim.

2007-2008 Runner Up

Jess Kim, MIT
Jess's Blog



Stephen Yellin.

2006-2007 Grand Prize Winner

Stephen Yellin, Drew University
Stephen's Blog


Paul Stamatiou.

2006-2007 Runner Up

Paul Stamatiou, Georgia Tech
Paul's Blog


Shelley Batts.

2006-2007 Runner Up

Shelley Batts, University of Michigan
Shelley's Blog


* past Grand Prize Winners are not eligible for entering future Blogging Scholarship contests. Runners up are eligible.