Virtuous Prom Scholarships

At Virtuous Prom, we’re committed to more than just providing beautifully made modest prom and wedding dresses. We’re also committed to giving back to our local community and to helping make this world a better place. To this end, we are pleased to offer two scholarships, The Virtuous Prom Peace Scholarship and The Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship. Both scholarships will be offered annually and in perpetuity; and additionally are available to international students.

The Virtuous Prom Peace Scholarship

The Virtuous Prom Peace Scholarship is for females planning to or currently pursuing studies in Theology, Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology, either at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level. The winner will be awarded $250.

Essay Submission

In order to apply, applicants must submit a 500+ word essay responding to the following prompt:

In a world that is devastated almost daily by acts of extreme violence in the name of religion or against those of different ethnicity, how can a solid education in Theology, Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology enable you to promote peace, understanding, tolerance and kindness not only at an academic level, but also in your day to day life?

All essays must be submitted to scholarships@virtuousprom.com beginning each year on November 1 and received no later than January 31. Out of the pool of applicants, we will choose three finalists by March 1. Finalists will be chosen based on the coherency and persuasiveness of their essays. We will then notify the finalists and post the three finalists’ essays on our blog and on our Facebook page. The winner will be decided on overall persuasiveness and coherency and will be announced March 31 on Facebook.

The Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in loving memory of Karen Hanson, amazing mother, wife, teacher and friend. Karen was taken from us too soon, but among the many lessons she taught us, it was to face life’s challenges with optimism and humor.

The Karen Hanson Memorial Scholarship is for anyone planning to or currently pursuing studies in Literature, either at the undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate level. The winner will be awarded $350.

Essay Submission

In order to apply, applicants must submit a 250+ word essay responding to the following prompt:

Life is full of challenges and struggles, and one of the great things literature can do is help us move through and past them with humor. In 250 words or more, describe how an education in Literature can help us move through life with greater joy. Submissions may be written in prose or may be submitted in the form of a short (hopefully humorous!) story. 

All essays must be submitted to scholarships@virtuousprom.com beginning each year on September 1 and received no later than November 30. Out of the pool of applicants, we will choose three finalists by January 1. Finalists will be chosen based on the coherency and persuasiveness of their essays. We will then notify the finalists and post the three finalists’ essays on our blog and on our Facebook page. The winner will be announced January 31 on Facebook.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at scholarships@virtuousprom.com

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