NEACAC Essay Contest


NEACAC announces its Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors (grades 11 and 12). High school juniors and seniors from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic:

Describe a trusted mentor (counselor, teacher, coach, or peer) who has had the greatest impact on your decision to attend college.
How has this individual supported your educational goals?
Please reflect on their influence/effect on your college process.

A panel of high school counselors and college admissions officers from NEACAC-member institutions will select the winning essays. Essays will be evaluated holistically, taking into consideration factors such as originality, creativity, focus, clarity, and structure. Priority will be given to applicants who hold an identity that has been historically excluded from higher education.

In addition to the $1000 scholarship awarded to the 6 New England state winners, NEACAC will award one overall winner a $2,000 scholarship.

For more information and to apply, click here. For additional writing guidelines, click here. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2024.