Virginia Council on Women - STEM Essay Contest

The Virginia Council on Women is pleased to host the 7th annual STEM Essay Contest. 

The purpose of the Council on Women (Council) is to help women reach their potential and maximize their contribution to society and the Commonwealth as wage earners and citizens. The Council has initiated several projects to meet this goal, one being the annual essay contest for young women in high school. We believe opportunities offered to women early in life will help lead to their success as productive and resourceful citizens.

2018 STEM Essay Contest Details

The Council will award five scholarships (one in each of five regions) to a female junior or senior who will be pursuing a STEM education at an institution of higher education. Essays will be judged by a panel of Council members and women who hold a degree in or work in STEM fields.

Winners will be notified by March 23, 2018.

An awards presentation and reception will be held on Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia April 2018 (Date: TBA) 

Please note that scholarship amounts vary each year.

Who is eligible:

  • Junior or Senior high school young women or individuals that identify as young women
  • Must be residents of Virginia
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA

Deadline: Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 8, 2018.

Essay Guidelines

Write about your vision for a future STEM (science, technology, engineering, math, or health) career and why you are considering the field for an area of study or possible career path.

Write an original 700 to 1,000-word essay created exclusively for the 2018 Council on Women Essay Contest.

Quotes and any ideas that are not your own should be attributed within the body of the essay and bibliography. Do not use footnotes or endnotes. Do not include the bibliography in your word count.

Your essay will be judged on topic content, creativity, spelling, punctuation and grammar. Do not include illustrations, graphics, or diagrams.

Entry to the 2018 STEM Essay Contest will open December 11, 2018.

Geographic regions

Accomack, Belle Haven, Carrsville, Chesapeake, Essex, Franklin, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, James City, King George, Lancaster, Machipongo, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Northampton, Northumberland, Portsmouth, Poquoson, Smithfield, Suffolk, Surry, Virginia Beach, Westmoreland, Williamsburg, York, Yorktown
Bland, Bristol, Brunswick, Buchanan, Carroll, Charlotte, Danville, Dickenson, Emporia, Floyd, Galax, Grayson, Greensville, Halifax, Henry, Lee, Lunenburg, Martinsville, Mecklenburg, Norton, Nottoway, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Southampton, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe
Albermarle, Amelia,  Ashland, Bowling Green, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlottesville, Chester, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Culpeper, Crozet, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Earlysville, Fluvanna, Glen Allen, Goochland, Greene, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, King & Queen, King William, Locust Grove, Louisa, Petersburg, Richmond, Madison, Maidens, Midlothian, Moseley, Nelson, New Kent, Orange, Powhatan, Prince George, Rappahannock, Sandston, Sussex, Woodford
Afton, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Blacksburg, Botetourt, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Campbell, Cave, Christiansburg, Covington, Craig, Eagle Rock, Elkton, Fincastle, Fishersville, Forest, Franklin, Frederick, Giles, Glade Hill, Gore, Hardy, Harrisonburg, Highland, Hurt, Lexington, Lynchburg, McGaheysville, Montgomery, Natural Bridge, Page, Penn Laird, Pulaski, Radford, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Rocky Mount, Salem, Shenandoah, Staunton, Star Tannery, Stephen’s City, Troutville, Union Hall, Vinton, Waynesboro, Weyer’s Cave, Winchester
Aldie, Alexandria, Arlington, Ashburn, Bealeton, Bristow, Burke, Catlett, Centreville,  Chantilly, Clarke, Dumfries, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Falls Church, Fauquier, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Hamilton, Haymarket, Herndon, Lindsay Court, Lorton, Loudon, Lovettsville, Manassas, Manassas Park,  McLean,  Midland, Oak Hill, Oakton, Prince William, Purcellville, Reston, Round Hill, Spotsylvania, Springfield, Stafford, Sterling, Triangle, Vienna, Warren, Waterford, Woodbridge