Making A Difference Essay Contest Scholarships


 Win a scholarship for college!


The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) announces its Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors. NEACAC is an educational association of more than 3,700 secondary school counselors, college and university admission and financial aid counselors, and individuals who work with students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

High school juniors and seniors from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic:

Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community?


Fill out the application and upload your 500-word essay formatted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or as a pdf.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application for the Essay Contest for 2018 will open on February 1, 2018 and be available through Friday, April 6, 2018.  Click here for the Essay Contest Application.


A panel of NEACAC members will judge essays based on originality, creativity, focus, clarity, and structure. Students from a broad range of academic preparation are encouraged to apply.


Six winners—one from each of the six New England states—will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and receive recognition at an awards ceremony during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference and have their names published in the NEACAC Newsletter.

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2017 Essay Winners

Six winners—one from each of the six New England states— were awarded a $1000 scholarship and received recognition at an awards ceremony during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference. Over 200 submissions were made. The 2017 Essay Contest Winners:

Vermont: Chloe Burkett, Burr and Burton Academy

Rhode Island: Abby Mansolillo, Moses Brown School

New Hampshire: Kylie Hancock, Alvirne High School

Maine: Joshua Passarelli, Scarborough High School

Massachusetts: Jordan Kei-Rahn, Longmeadow High School

Connecticut: Natalia Savkovic, Masuk High School


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