CrossLites Scholarship Contest: Up to $4,000

From the website:

The CrossLites Scholarship Contest is open to High School, College, and Graduate School students. As an applicant you will write a reflective essay (400-600 words) based on one of Dr. Parker’s quotes or messages. Applicants will be competing against students of their level. You may enter only one essay per application a year, into the contest.

How Does A Student Like You Win?

The judges score essays based on the following factors:

  • Originality

  • Reflection – how the quote relates to something in your life

  • Punctuation/Grammar

  • Content – the judges have the right to refuse any essay that contains inappropriate language

However, this score is only a portion of the final score.

We encourage you to invite your friends and family to view your essay and vote for it by using your essay link. Each person could vote up to twice a day and the more votes a particular essay gets, the higher the likelihood is of the essay being selected to win. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen. While voting accounts for a significant portion of the score, the CrossLites management team will make the final decision.

You will be able to track the top scoring essays here. Once the winners are chosen, a check will be made to the student and sent to an address that the applicant has provided.
The essays that are submitted become property of CrossLites and have a chance of being displayed on the website. The winning essays and short bios of the corresponding authors will also be displayed on the CrossLites website.

CrossLites management reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason that it deems necessary.


There are no minimum GPA or test score requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship contest. Any student that is currently enrolled in a high school, college, or graduate school may apply.

Review your completed essay before submitting, including checking for typos, misspellings, and other grammatical errors. Essays must be between 400 and 600 words in length.

If picked as a top 20 finalist, you must provide an official transcript. Failure to provide an official transcript, that shows current enrollment, will disqualify you from the contest – no exceptions.

The judges will review each essay and pick the top 20 from each level to be posted on Applicants then have the opportunity to invite others to view their essay and to vote for them. The number of votes and shares make up a large portion of the applicant’s total score. When the voting period has ended, the winner will be chosen.


3 separate categories for each (High School, Undergraduate, Graduate Students)

  • 1st Place: $4,000.00

  • 2nd Place: $2,500.00

  • 3rd Place: $1,500.00

  • 4th Place: $1000.00

  • 5th Place: $750.00

  • 6th Place: $500.00

  • 3 Lottery Winners win $150 each


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By Mail:

C/O Samuel Certo
1000 Holt Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789