About the Scholarship

The A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest is organized by the Humane Education Network (HEN), an organization that spreads awareness among the youth about the suffering of the voiceless animals all over the world.

The 'A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest' is an essay writing contest, organized with the help of the partnership among the Anmilam Welfare Institute, the Humane Education Network (HEN), and the Palo Alto Humane Society.

The results of the essay writing contest will be declared in May.


How to enter the content?

  • To apply for the A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest, applicants must first fill the application form available on the official website of Humane Education Network (HEN).

  • The A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest is for 2 applicant categories, the first being the age group of 14-15 years, and second of 16-18 years, in which their essays must address -  animal mistreatment, cause of animal suffering, or preservation of an almost-extinct animal species. 

  • The first category students are expected to submit an essay in around 1400-1500 words, including student details, citations, titles, numbered in the proper format. The file size of the format must be under 2 Mb.

  • The second category is expected to submit an essay around 1400-1500 words, OR document a project with their personal active-involvement in reducing any kind of animal suffering. The project document could be a video of less than 3 min in length, uploaded either on YouTube or Vimeo, or an essay with pictures stretching from 900-1000 words.

The applicants are expected to submitting their respective documents on or before the deadline date.


Contest Amount

The 'A Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest' provides 17 non-renewable one-time monetary scholarships, which are as follows:

  • $500 - First category, endangered species, first-prize winner

  • $300 - First category, endangered species, second-prize winner

  • $200 - First category, endangered species, third-prize winner

  • $400 - First category, essay, first-prize winner

  • $300 - First category, essay, second-prize winner

  • $200 - First category, essay, third-prize winner

  • $500 - Second category, video, first-prize winner

  • $300 - Second category, video, second-prize winner

  • $200 - Second category, video, third-prize winner

  • $450 - Second category, essay/photographs, first-prize winner

  • $350 - Second category, essay/photographs, second-prize winner

  • $250 - Second category, essay/photographs, third-prize winner

  • $400 - Second category, essay, first-prize winner

  • $300 - Second category, essay, second-prize winner

  • $200 - Second category, essay, third-prize winner

  • $250 - Second category, video, active involvement winner

  • $250 - Second category, essay/photographs, active involvement winner


Deadline Information

All the necessary documents must be sent to the financial aid department of the organization no later than April 30 to be eligible for the scholarship.

Students are advised to keep track of the deadline as any delay in submitting the application form will be rejected.


Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for the applicants to apply for the 'a Voice for Animals High School Essay Contest' are:

  • An applicant must be between 14 and 18 years of age at the start of the contest period.

  • A candidate must be currently attending high school or be home-schooled.

  • Students must reside in Alameda, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara County.

  • A recipient must hold legal citizenship in the United States.

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