About the Scholarship

The Purpose Challenge is conducted by the Greater Good Science Center, which is open to US high school seniors who are planning to attend college.


How to Enter

To enter the contest, eligible participants may go to the purpose challenge website and submit all information, including contact information, then submit an essay of no more than 650 words. participants must copy and paste their essay into the labeled fields and complete all of the other information required on the form.


Award Amount

There will be One Grand Prize awarded. The Grand Prize consists of $25,000 scholarship. There will be five Second Place Prizes, each of which consists of a $5,000 scholarship. Each scholarship will be sent directly to the winner’s undergraduate institution for application to tuition expenses for student.


Deadline Information

The contest opens on September 18, 2018, and closes on February 2, 2019. All applications and essays must be submitted no later than the deadline date.

Eligibility Criteria

  • he/she is a high school senior
  • Must be 16 years of age or older. Students under 18 must have parental permission to enter.

  • Must reside in the U.S.

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