The Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program

The Cognella Cares Student Scholarship Program was established to provide students with a platform to speak to current issues that matter to them, highlight experiences that are unique to higher education, and share ideas from today’s youth that can inspire social, political, and intellectual change.

We’re looking for three outstanding students in any discipline of study who are inspired to share their unique thoughts, experiences, and ideas for change surrounding one of the following topics:

  • Campus safety
  • LGBTQ pride
  • Politics today

To apply, submit an 800 – 1,000-word essay on one of the above topics using the form provided in the Submit an Essay section below.

One winner will be selected per topic; three students will each receive a $1,000 academic scholarship in the form of a check from Cognella, Inc. Cognella will accept entries through 5pm, PDT, on Friday, October 19, 2018.

Winners will be notified by Friday, November 9, 2018, via email. The winning essays will be posted to the Cognella website and the company’s social media accounts the week of November 19, 2018.

Review the eligibility details, application process, essay criteria, and scholarship information below, then click the Submit an Essay section below to send us your essay!

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact the scholarship team at scholarship@cognella.com.

  • You must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at an academic institution within the United States. Please use your university-issued email address when filling out your scholarship application to verify your student status. (If you attend an institution that does not provide you with a university-issued email address, please contact the scholarship team at scholarship@cognella.com to notify them prior to submitting an essay for consideration.)
  • You must live in and go to school in the United States of America. We are unable to accept international applications at this time.
  • All essays must be previously unpublished and completely original works.
  • Though there are multiple topics from which to choose, you may only submit one essay for consideration.
  • We understand that the sharing of personal stories (especially those that revolve around difficult interactions or social issues) may also mean the sharing of language that some would deem inappropriate or offensive. We encourage you to share uncensored stories, but to remember that your essay should remain academic in nature. Use your best judgment, only use strong language in the context of personal storytelling, and please understand that the non-academic use of offensive language or content serves as grounds for immediate disqualification.
  • Essays that exceed the 1,000-word limit (excluding the title of your essay) will be immediately disqualified.

Personal essays should clearly, articulately, and intelligently describe why your selected topic—campus safety, LGBTQ pride, or politics today—is important to you, as well as why it is an important topic in the context of higher education and/or society at large.

Consider the following questions as you write your essay:

  • What experiences have you had on campus related to the topic you selected? Describe a specific experience or interaction related to the issue (either positive or negative). How did you react to the experience? Why was it an important moment for you?
  • In relation to your selected topic, what do you feel needs to change, either in the higher education community or in society, so that humanity can progress and/or evolve? How might you inspire or effect this change?
  • How can others learn from your personal experiences and your unique perspective? How can your voice and your story have an impact?

While you may not be able to address all of the above prompts in an 800 – 1,000-word essay, the more you can cover, the better! Essentially, we want to know why the topic is important to you on a personal level, what changes you’d like to see in higher education or society to support a better future for students like you, and how you’d recommend we, as a society, go about that change.

Please list your name, academic program/major, university name, and word count (excluding your title) in the upper left-hand corner of your submission.

About halfway down the page, type your essay title, ensuring it is centered. Justify the proceeding text in your essay to the left. Please indent the first line of each paragraph and double-space between lines.

Use 12-point black type and limit your font choices to Courier or Times New Roman.

Lastly, place a page header in the upper right-hand corner of every page of your essay except the first. Please include your last name and the page number (example: Mok / 3).

To submit an essay, fill out the form provided in the Submit an Essay section below by 5 pm, PDT, on Friday, October 19, 2018. You may attach your essay to the form as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf file.

If you experience any technical difficulties or have any questions regarding the submission form or the required format or file type for your essay, please contact scholarship@cognella.com.

All essays must be submitted by 5 pm, PDT, on Friday, October 19, 2018.

A panel of individuals will evaluate each essay in accordance with the essay criteria. This panel will also score each essay according to word count adherence, punctuation and spelling, writing style and voice, the clarity and persuasiveness of your message, and creativity. The panel will include members of the Cognella Editorial Team.

One winning essay will be selected per topic: campus safety, LGBTQ pride, and politics today. Accordingly, three students will win academic scholarships from Cognella in fall 2018.

Winners will be notified by Friday, November 9, 2018, via email. Delivery of the monetary reward (in the form of a check from Cognella, Inc.) will be arranged at that time.

Winners will be announced publicly via the Cognella website and the company’s social media accounts the week of November 19, 2018. When you submit an essay to Cognella, you give us permission to post your essay publicly, along with your name, university, field of study, and a photo of you. No further information about you will be used or posted in any way.

Please note, all Cognella academic scholarships are of a taxable amount. If you win a Cognella scholarship, you’ll receive a 1099 Form that you can use to report this amount on your personal taxes for the 2018 calendar year. If you have any questions about how this amount may impact your personal tax filing, please consult an accountant or tax expert for advice.

Be sure to review the eligibility details, application process, essay criteria, and award details above, then submit your work below to be considered!

If you have any questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact the scholarship team at scholarship@cognella.com.