NeW Essay Contest

Submit an essay for the chance to win a $500 scholarship.

This year, NeW is celebrating conservative women in leadership and the positive impact they have on our society. As part of this programming, we are thrilled to host our annual Essay Contest.  

The 2022 Lead Like a Lady Essay Contest is NOW CLOSED. Be sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, or sign up for our NeWsletter to stay informed about the winners of the Lead Like a Lady Essay Contest. 

The Lead Like a Lady Essay Contest invited high school juniors and seniors and college women to reflect on the qualities of leadership and their own leadership experience in a 600-750 word essay for the chance to win a $500 scholarship and the chance to be published. 

The contest was open to female high school and college students who compete in separate categories. Participants must be a high school junior or senior or currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution in the United States at the time of entry.

One high school student and one college student will win a $500 scholarship and potentially have the essay published. Entrants must be willing to have their essay published.

To enter the Essay Contest, participants responded in 600-750 words to the following prompt. Essays addressed one or more of the questions, but did not need to address all of them.

Some women lead under a title, while others set a quieter example to follow. Leaders can be anyone from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, to presidents of the PTA, to student or city councilwomen, to mothers, to informal mentors, to small business owners, and everything in between. This year, we are excited to celebrate women as trailblazers and leaders from Justice Amy Coney Barrett becoming the youngest woman and first mother of school-aged children to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court to Margaret Thatcher serving as the first female British Prime Minister. Reflect on your experiences as a leader. How do you lead in your sphere of influence? What is the best piece of leadership advice you have received, and how did you put it into action? What qualities do the female leaders you look up to possess? When have you had to make a difficult decision as a leader, and what did you learn from this experience? What helps you handle the weight of being a leader?

Who: Female high school juniors and seniors and college students

Start Date: Monday, July 11, 2022 at 10:00am ET

Deadline: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11:59pm ET

Prize: $500 for the first place winners of the College and High School Category. The first place essays will have the opportunity to be published.

Thank you to our 2022 Essay Contest co-sponsor, the Washington Examiner.

To read the Official Contest Rules, click here.

Read the winning 2021 College essay and the winning High School essay.

For questions that are not answered in the description above, please email [email protected].

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the College Category of the 2021 NeW Essay Contest is Sarah Montalbano, a student at Montana State University. Congratulations, Sarah! Read her winning piece in the Washington Examiner here. How did you hear about the 2021 NeW Essay Contest and why did you choose to participate in

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the High School Category of the 2021 NeW Essay Contest is Sydney King, a student at Nantucket High School. Congratulations, Sydney! Read her winning piece in the Washington Examiner here. How did you hear about the 2021 NeW Essay Contest and why did you choose to participate

NeW is excited to announce the winner of the College Category of the 2020 NeW Essay Contest is Hannah Kim, a student at the University of South Florida and Vice President of her NeW chapter. Congratulations, Hannah! To read Hannah’s essay that was published by the Washington Examiner, co-sponsor of the 2020 contest, click here.

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