2018 Summer of Zen Scholarship

The winner and runners-up of the 2018 Summer of Zen Scholarship have been announced! Thank you to all of the applicants—we were impressed and delighted with each and every submission we received. Check back soon for next year’s scholarship prompt.

We are excited to announce the second annual Summer of Zen scholarship, open to all U.S. high school students enrolled in grades 9-12 (or the home-school equivalent) in the 2018-19 school year.

To enter, respond to the following prompt in 300 words or less: Describe your ideal day of zen. What would you do? Where would you go, and who would you go with? Why does this day feel 'zen' to you?

The Zen Admissions team will select one (1) winner based on the following criteria: creativity (25%), originality (25%), writing ability (25%), and overall excellence (25%).

One winner will receive $500 to offset the cost of higher education. The winning entry and the top three runners-up will be published on our website. 

Deadline: August 31, 2018
Winner Announced: September 15, 2018
Tips: Before you apply, read the 2017 winning entries or check out our Zen Blog for inspiration.