Entry Details and Rules

As a high school student, your story could help other students realize they are not alone. We encourage others to speak out about everything including but not limited to drug/alcohol addiction, teen suicide, mental health illness, and bullying. Together we could help change someone's life.


All eligible high school students grades 9-12 may enter the contest. We award a scholarship to the writer of the best-written essay on drug or alcohol abuse, teen suicide, mental illness, or bullying. Your essay must be nonfiction and be based on you or someone you know that has had to deal with one of these issues, and the affects it has had on them. The essay should go into detail about what you learned from the situation, how the situation was handled, and what others can learn from the situation. All essays should be based on your opinion on what could have been done to improve the outcome of the situation.

  • Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and 650–800 words in length
  • Essays must include an official copy of your high school transcripts
  • Essays must also include a recent photo. Scholarship winners will have their picture reprinted in our magazine along with their winning essay, so please send a good quality color photo (no blurry printouts)
  • No application is needed and there is no deadline, but you must meet the eligibility requirements and include all of the items listed above to be considered.
  • All Essays must be emailed to

  • Note: All essays submitted are the sole property of A.W.A.R.E. K12, and are subject to editing for length and/or content. The writer of the winning essay will receive the $500 A.W.A.R.E. Scholarship and have his or her essay and photo published in A.W.A.R.E. magazine. The school of the winning student will also receive $250. Winning essays are also published on our website.


    How We Choose

    We receive a lot of submissions and we read every one of them and choose the best well-written message. We judge on sentence structure, a range of words used, and proper punctuation. We also look for message included. Is this something that is thought provoking? Or is it something that we already know. Presentation of information is very important to us. We look forward to reading all of the submissions.

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