A Guide to the oh the Places you will go College Scholarship Program

Random House sponsors a scholarship   “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”, by Dr. Seuss.  At the 20th anniversary of the release, David A. Carter engineered pop ups and special effects for the book. It created an excellent opportunity to marry the two events. Great publicity and a good opportunity to promote college education.

The first year for the scholarship was 2010. The award was $5,000.  This year the prize has doubled to a $10,000 scholarship. Who is eligible to compete for this scholarship? The only restriction is that you are a high school senior.  The person must be 21 years or younger.  They may not be affiliated with sponsors in any way.

One of the unique things about this scholarship is that is not based on past performance or grades of a student.  The decision is made on one essay. A student who does poorly in many subjects, but is a creative writer, has a clear shot of winning a chance to further their education. It truly can open doors that some students may not of even dreamt of.

So what are the requirement for the essay?  There are some clear guidelines set about how the item should be delivered and even what font should be used.  All of that is included in the judging of the essays. But what is it they are looking for in the writing.  

“Compositions are judged by their technical merit. We are looking for writing with a strong, clear voice by authors who are original, creative, and draw clear connections back to Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Essays should clearly illustrate the composition theme.” They are allowed only one page double spaced and 200 words to accomplish this goal.

There can be no pictures or drawings associated with the essay.  They will not accept any handwritten entries.  The application must be completed fully and stapled to the front of the essay.

The first winner of the “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” scholarship was Isaac Hellemn.  The title is quite intriguing “Father, I Wonder, Why Bother with School?”  The essays are already in for the competition this year and the winner will be announced in May.

For details on the more specific requirements one can visit: http://www.seussville.com/OTPScholarship/

It seems fitting to close with a quote from the book.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own, and you know what you know
.And you will be the guy who’ll decide where you’ll go.
Oh the places you’ll go.”