NPG 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest


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Essay Scholarship Contest Rules

Six Awards from $2,500 to $1,000!

Entries must be received by April 23, 2014. Submissions postmarked prior to due date but not received until after the deadline will NOT be accepted. Winners will be announced online at by July 11, 2014. Official rules and eligibility requirements are available online.

NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our Annual Essay Scholarship Contest.

Explain why the average American citizen – particularly our youngest generation – should become active in the cause to slow, halt, and eventually reverse U.S. population growth.
Submissions must be between 500 and 750 words.

2014 NPG Essay Scholarship Contest Rules

2014 NPG Essay Scholarship Application

2014 NPG Essay Scholarship Contest Privacy Policy

The NPG Scholarship Committee will select up to six (6) winning essays. Essays will be judged based on the quality of writing, originality, relevance to topic, and evidence of critical thinking. All decisions are within the discretion of NPG Scholarship judges and all decisions are final. All scholarships will be paid directly to the accredited college or university account of the winning student(s). Official Contest information is available on our website (

Official Contest Rules and Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident.
  2. Applicant must be a senior in high school or a college freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in an official undergraduate program of study for the fall 2014 semester.
  3. Applicant must be currently enrolled in or attending an accredited school within the United States, or operated overseas by the U.S. government, for the fall 2014 semester.
  4. To be considered, submission must meet be complete and include the entrant’s name, address, email, and telephone number. (Full criteria and submission instructions available at
  5. No purchase or contribution is required for entry. Neither membership in nor contributions to NPG will enhance the chances of winning.
  6. Essay should be between 500 and 750 words, in 12-14 pt. font, printed, single-sided pages of 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. Title and works cited are not required, and are not to be included in word count.
  7. Emailed or faxed essays will NOT be accepted.
  8. Applicant must sign and date the Application Form. (A parent or guardian signature is also required for all applicants under 18.)
  9. All submissions are subject to the NPG Privacy Policy.
  10. Relatives of employees or directors of NPG are not eligible.
  11. Not valid where prohibited.
  12. Only one entry per student. If you would like proof that your essay has arrived, please provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your essay submission.
  13. Entries must be received by April 23, 2014. Those postmarked prior to due date but received after the deadline will NOT be accepted.
  14. Entries must be submitted via mail to: NPG Scholarship Contest Ÿ P.O. Box 1265 Ÿ Teaneck, NJ 07666
  15. Follow submission instructions carefully to ensure your entry is accepted for consideration. Partial submissions, submissions that do not meet specified criteria, and submissions that do not include all material (essay and signed Application) will NOT be accepted.

NPG is a national non-profit membership organization headquartered in Alexandria, VA.  Since 1972, our primary purpose has been to educate the American public and elected officials regarding the damaging effects of overpopulation on our environment, resources, and quality of life.

2014 NPG Essay Scholarship Contest Rules

2014 NPG Essay Scholarship Application

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8 Responses to “NPG 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest”

  1. Mariane Doane
    April 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm #

    This is such a great topic to be writing about! Just a few months ago my environmental science class opened my eyes to the compounding global environmental crises that are beginning to surface in our generation via tsunamis, floods, droughts, species extinction etc and it’s great that now it’s not the question of whether there IS climate change but can we do to impede it?

  2. Micaela Griffin
    April 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm #

    Many people grasp the destruction people cause this planet. I love this organization for taking a stand on this complex and devastating issue. I hope one day, the world will be healthy again and people will be more responsible with their reproductive and consumption choices. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to contribute to this worthwhile cause.

  3. Aaliyah Whitmire
    April 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    I will be mailing in my application today! The scholarship money will be very helpful in funding my tuition cost! Hope I win! :)

  4. Jonlyn Miller
    April 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    I think this is a very valuable scholarship, and it allows students to consider the broader world and the way we as people affect the earth. Many scholarships are about narrow, specific topics, and I enjoy that this scholarship allows students to think critically about the effects of population growth.

  5. Chris Johnson
    March 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    Wow, what an amazing cause. I’ve thought of how population negatively affects an environment throughout my whole life but always thought that no one would necessarily agree with me – but the fact that there’s an organization with over 25,000 people working for negative population growth with a scholarship to boot astounds me in a positive way. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

  6. Grace Chebe
    March 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m definitely applying for this scholarship. Not just for college but also for my personal needs while I’m in college. Thanks for your help and support.

  7. Mingling
    March 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

    Too much people= lesser resources

  8. luis giovanni campos
    March 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    this is an amazing opportunity you guys are giving young students like me to achieve our goals

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