Think for Yourself Scholarship

Let Grow’s “Think For Yourself ” high school essay contest awards $8,000 in college scholarships. It is open to U.S. high school students. We have extended our deadline to March 31, 2021.

The contest asks students to consider the value of free speech, curiosity, and open mindedness in their everyday lives, with prompts like: “Who would you choose to censor what you read?” “When did you stand up — or not — for an unpopular idea?” “Ever learn something good…from a jerk?”

To date we have awarded $20,000 in college scholarships. The  winners’ essays have been published in USA Today, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Jersey Ledger, Quiletteand the bible of the education world, EdWeek.

This past school year over 5000 students entered the contest from all across the country.

Annual Amount

First Place:  $5,000

3 Runner Up:  $1,000

Additional Selection Criteria

Open to U.S. High School students

Application Process

To enter, go to: and click on the Enter Now link


March 31, 2021

For the application or more information go to: