Explore Your City and Write About it to Win This $1K Scholarship

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Going to college is equally exciting and challenging, especially when you throw moving to a new city into the mix.

Have you taken in the local flavors and culture of your new surroundings? Or maybe you haven’t moved, but have you looked at your home city with a new perspective?

The folks over at the Branson Travel Office in Missouri want you to share that experience for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Branson Travel Office is a family-owned business that not only supports but encourages travel, which it says helps cities prosper and strengthens community and culture.

Branson Travel Office Local Adventures Scholarship Details


The scholarship open to all domestic, international and undocumented undergraduate students enrolled — or due to be enrolled — at an accredited college or university as a full-time student.

There’s no minimum GPA requirement to apply.

Pretty sweet so far, huh?

Ok, but then there’s this…

Essay and Proof of Enrollment

All applicants must write a 1,000 to 1,500 word essay about the city they’re studying in.

Your essay should answer the following questions:

  • Since starting your studies, how have your explored your new environment?
  • If you are studying locally, how has your view of your city changed since starting college?
  • How can being engaged in a city’s conversation promote a sense of community?
  • How do you find local entertainment?

Along with the essay, you must submit proof of your enrollment. This could be a transcript, letter of acceptance or a tuition receipt.

There’s only one entry per student per year, and the scholarship does not automatically renew.

How to Apply

Once you have your essay and proof of enrollment, fill out The Travel Office Local Adventure Scholarship Submission Form.

This includes your contact information and info for the university you’re attending, as it will receive the scholarship check.

You’ll have to accept the basic terms and conditions, which say that The Branson Travel Office can use your name, essay and contest-related information on its website and in its communications.

Don’t procrastinate on this one; the deadline to apply is Oct. 15, 2018.

A panel of judges from the Travel Office will select a winner. The winner will be notified by Oct. 30.

Check out the Travel Office Local Adventures Scholarship details. Submit any scholarship questions to [email protected].

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Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She has never been to Missouri.