At AdmissionSight, our students compete in some of the nation’s most prestigious humanities based competitions. If you’re a student seeking to major in the humanities, competing in some of the regional and national competitions will make your profile impressive to the admissions officers. We guide our students on how to craft together award winning essays to these competitions, as well as guide them on how to improve to understanding of philosophy, history, and public policy to garner awards at these prestigious competitions. Lucky is when preparation meets opportunity, and if you’re going to stand a chance at placing in these competitions, it’s important that preparation starts early on.
1) Scholastic Art & Writing Competition
Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2019, students submitted nearly 340,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.
2) The Adroit Prizes for Poetry and Prose
The Adroit Prizes are awarded annually to two students of secondary or undergraduate status. We’re fortunate to receive exceptional work from emerging writers in high school and college, and the best of the best will be recognized by the Adroit Prizes.
3) Princeton University Writing Contests
Each year, the Lewis Center for the Arts sponsors contests and scholarships for high school students. The Center’s awards would not be possible without the generosity of outside donors and friends of the Arts.
4) Young Authors Writing Competition
Started as a local writing contest in Chicago in 1995, the Young Authors Writing Competition has grown into a yearly international contest of high school writers. Sponsored by the English and Creative Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago, the competition has received tens of thousands of submissions from talented writers all over the world. We are thrilled to award top submissions with cash prizes and recognition in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
5) Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) Awards
CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs.
6) Model Congress
Founded in 1986, our nonprofit organization is dedicated to teaching and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. With 37 committees and a 9:1 delegate to staffer ratio, we are able to support students throughout the conference as they tackle a diverse array of complex issues and engage in debates, caucuses, trials, press conferences, testimonies, and crises.
7) National History Bee and Bowl
The National History Bee and Bowl are buzzer-based history quiz competitions for Elementary, Middle, and High School-aged students throughout the USA. The Bee is a competition for individual students; the Bowl is a team event (though single-player teams are allowed).
8) North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad
NACLO is a contest in which high-school students solve linguistic puzzles. In solving these puzzles, students learn about the diversity and consistency of language, while exercising logic skills. No prior knowledge of linguistics or second languages is necessary. Professionals in linguistics, computational linguistics and language technologies use dozens of languages to create engaging problems that represent cutting edge issues in their fields. The competition has attracted top students to study and work in those same fields. It is truly an opportunity for young people to experience a taste of natural-language processing in the 21st century.
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