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Now Accepting Fall 2017 Entries!

Spokeo Connections Scholarship

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Step 1: Brainstorm Topic

How would you use IoT (internet of things) to change how you strengthen communities or human connection? Your essay should be 300-500 words. The winning essay will be featured on our page!

Step 2: Read The Rules

  • One
    Applicant must be either a recently graduated high school senior who will enroll as a freshman at a four year or two year college or university in the Fall of 2017 OR a student currently enrolled on a full-time basis at an accredited four-year or two-year college or university.
  • Two
    Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Three
    Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Four
    Essay must be no fewer than 300 words and no greater than 500 words.
  • Five
    Essay must be applicant's original work.
  • Six
    Essay must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. PST June 30, 2017.
    *For complete rules and regulations please click here

Step 3: Upload Your Essay & Transcript

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Spokeo Connections Winners

    • Spring 2017 Winner
    • Dan Krajewski
    • Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
    • School: Arizona State University
  • Dan is a Junior at Arizona State University and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He enjoys fiction writing, baking and music. Upon graduating, Dan hopes to work in healthcare and / or neuropsychological research.

    Read Dan Krajewski's Essay
    • Fall 2016 Winner
    • Shashank Rao
    • Hometown: Canton, MI
    • School: University of Michigan
  • Shashank is a Sophomore at the University of Michigan with a double major in English and Creative Writing, and a minor in Japanese. He enjoys reading, writing, bike rides and long nature walks. After graduation, Shashank plans on teaching English abroad and getting involved with organizations related to social justice and politics. His ultimate goal is to become a novelist.

    Read Shashank Rao's Essay
    • Spring 2016 Winner
    • Mark Hewertson
    • Hometown: Wescosville, PA
    • School: Pennsylvania State University
  • Mark is a scholar of the Pennsylvania State Schreyer Honors College at University Park with a major in Honors Computer Engineering. He enjoys playing intramural soccer, spending time with friends and has a strong interest in finance. After graduation, Mark’s goal is to work for a large banking organization building financial market tracking technologies.

    Read Mark Hewertson's Essay
    • Fall 2015 Winner
    • Bradley Lewis
    • Hometown: Portland, Oregon
    • School: Marymount Manhattan College
  • Bradley is transferring to Marymount Manhattan College to study theatre and musical theatre after a rigorous audition process. Bradley has volunteered annually with Bike First - the program showcased in his winning entry - which helps kids with mental and physical disabilities learn to ride bikes. In his spare time he loves to sing and act.

    Read Bradley Lewis' Essay
    • Spring 2015 Winner
    • Emma Browning
    • Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
    • School: Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Emma currently attends North Forsyth High School and is both the president of the academic team and the captain of the debate team. She is on the leadership team of Simple Charity - the subject of her winning entry. She plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 2015 with her a focus on International Relations.

    Read Emma Browning's Essay
    • Fall 2014 Winner
    • Darrell Falconburg
    • Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
    • School: College of Idaho
  • Darrell attends the College of Idaho with a major in History and minors in Mathematics and Philosophy. Darrell was the Idaho State Chair of the Young Americans for Liberty, which promotes a non-interventionist foreign policy and a laissez-faire domestic policy. In the future, he plans on attending a graduate school for a Ph.D in economics.

    Read Darrell Falconburg's Essay
    • Spring 2014 Winner
    • Ashley S. Dillon
    • Hometown: Port St. John, Florida
    • School: University of Central Florida
  • Ashley attends University of of Central Florida with a major in psychology and a minor in cognitive sciences. Her involvement with Out of the Life, an organization committed to assisting individuals exit the sex traffic industry, demonstrates her passion for helping those in need. She plans on attending graduate school for a Ph.D in clinical psychology.

    Read Ashley S. Dillon's Essay
Rules & Regulations
Spokeo Connections Scholarship 2017 Official Rules
  • Judging
    The winning essay will be judged on the following criteria: content, style, creativity, and how persuasively the applicant presents his or her point of view. All entries will be reviewed after the deadline of June 30, 2017. Upon review, the winning essay will be selected by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced in August 2017.
  • Prize
    The applicant of the winning essay will receive a one-time scholarship of $1,000 to be applied to the following school-related expenses: tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. Funds must be used in the 2017/2018 academic year. Scholarship funds are provided by Spokeo and will be paid via mail to the accredited college or university of the winning applicant's choosing.
  • Submission of Materials
    All entries must be entered through the official Spokeo Connections Scholarship submission form, which can be found here. No paper or hard copy submissions will be accepted. All essays must be written in English. Submissions must be uploaded in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the use of awarding the scholarship and will not be used for any other function on Spokeo reserves the right to publish content from the submitted essays themselves.
  • Eligibility
    Current Spokeo employees or the immediate family of current Spokeo employees are not eligible for entry. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be an incoming college freshman for the Fall 2017 academic semester or a current undergraduate or graduate student of any accredited two or four year college or university. To see if your school is eligible please see:
  • Disclaimers
    Spokeo does not use the information provided in the scholarship application to create listings.

    For High School Seniors applying for a Fall Scholarship, as Spokeo only awards scholarships to colleges and universities, please notify us regarding the school you are planning to attend by August 4, 2017. Your scholarship will be applied to the Spring semester. Should you not contact us by the target date or fail to enroll in an college or university before the start of your Fall Semester, Spokeo reserves the right to award the scholarship to the second place finalist.