The Smart Alec Scholarship

At Smart Alec, we believe that students learn and express themselves differently; that's why we're offering a unique college scholarship.

Note: We are not accepting scholarship applications for the 2018-19 school year. Please check back in 2019 for updated information.

The Prompt

Who inspires you? Tell us about a single person (real or fictional) and describe their impact on your life… in any medium!

Are you inspired by a family member or teacher? Perhaps you look up to a famous musician or athlete or aspire to be like a particular historical figure or scholar? Then again, maybe you just want to be like Katniss Everdeen… Whomever you draw inspiration from, we want to hear about them!

We can't wait to hear about who inspires you, and we want you to tell us about them in whatever way best expresses your excitement. That’s why we are accepting answers to our prompt in virtually any form, from essays to songs to sculptures to mathematical proofs to whatever else you can think of! Create something that expresses what that individual means to you, the effect they've had on your life or the qualities they possess that you admire most.


All U.S. high school students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have parental permission (if under 18), be United States citizens and have a student account.

The Prize

$2000 towards college of student's choice, and $2000 of private tutoring.1


If your entry does not have a clear connection to the prompt (i.e., an abstract painting), you are encouraged to submit an approximately 100 word student statement along with the work to clarify your intention.

Please send all submissions digitally to If your submission is a physical item (such as a painting or sculpture), please submit a 360° video and photograph of the submission in your submission email. All submission emails must include the student’s full name, birth date, contact email address, phone number, and zip code.

Work will be judged by a panel of Smart Alec experts and evaluated based on quality, creativity, how well it answers the prompt and expressed passion.

All entries must be received before Jan 1, 2018. Winner will be announced within 90 days.

All Smart Alec Scholarship participants are subject to the Smart Alec Scholarship's Official Rules.

1 Please see the Smart Alec Scholarship's Official Rules for additional prize details.