Each year, NPG offers an Essay Scholarship Contest for students across the country.  Contestants are invited to answer a population-related question, with their own experience and insight guiding their ideas for a solution.  This year, NPG is pleased to also offer our popular Photo Scholarship Contest.  Both contests are open to high school seniors, as well as currently-enrolled college undergraduates.  Winners will receive a designated scholarship amount, paid towards undergraduate tuition at the accredited college or university they attend.

Thanks to the generous support of NPG members and various foundations, we are able to provide this annual program to support the education of America’s next generation of leaders.  As we continue our mission to inform U.S. citizens and legislators regarding the damaging consequences of population growth, it is vital that we engage our nation’s youngest citizens.  It is their future quality of life which is at stake!

Be sure to check back for the details each year on our Scholarship Contest, which should be posted each January!

NPG is pleased to offer these challenging events as part of our mission to enlist a new generation of activists, who will be focused on reversing the dangers of population growth.  We regularly receive positive feedback from students entering our scholarship contests.  Recently, a student sent the following message to NPG:

“Wow, what an amazing cause.  I’ve thought of how population negatively affects an environment throughout my whole life, but always thought that no one would necessarily agree with me.  But the fact that there’s an organization with over 25,000 people working for negative population growth with a scholarship to boot astounds me in a positive way.  Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

NPG sends our thanks to all of our members and friends who have so generously contributed – as well as our appreciation for the tens of thousands of students who have competed in our contests.  It is your support and participation that help make this critical program possible!

Winners of the 2014 Essay Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to read their winning essay.  Click here to read the topic for the 2014 Essay Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool
$1,000Pierce Brooks Wesley College
Dover, DE
Winner of the Richard C. Smith NPG Essay Scholarship
Ian T. GreyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Prescott, AZ
Winner of the Foundation for Human Conservation NPG Essay Scholarship
Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Gregory RossUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,000Gemma ZahradkaUniversity of Wisconsin - La Crosse
La Crosse, WI

Winners of the 2014 Photo Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the winning photo.  Click here to read the topic for the 2014 Photo Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool
Grand Prize Winner - $1,500Cara MosleyFlagler College,
Augustine, FL
NPG’s Robert H. Savage Memorial Scholarship $1,000Avalon Hoek Spaans University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
$500Summer Adams Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
$500Kaija Broders University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
$500Kyle DeLongThe University of Colorado-Boulder
Boulder, CO
$500Monica HellmerWashington University St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
$500Taylor HendriUniversity of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
$500Gina JozefColorado College
Colorado Springs, CO
$500Nikhil Kapadia Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
$500Casey KukaPasco Hernando State College
Dade City, FL
$500Nicholas Ladeouceur Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY
$500Sarah ParaviaBiola University
La Mirada, CA
$500Emily SargentBethel College
Mishawaka, IN
$500Abigail SchwehrSouthern New Hampshire University
Hooksett, NH
$500Leia SmittUniversity of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR
$500Annaliese VociColumbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL
$500Jennifer WasilewskiJacksonville University
Jacksonville, FL

Winners of the 2013 Essay Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to read their winning essay.  Click here to read the topic for the 2013 Essay Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Wyatt Martinez

Univ. of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

$1,000Sarah FineUniversity of Missouri
Columbia, MO
$1,000Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Ryan MoltonUniversity of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
$1,000Camille PedersonPoint Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA
$1,000Jayme PruettHunter College of CUNY
New York, NY

Click here for previous years’ Essay Scholarship winners

Winners of the 2012 Video Scholarship Contest

AwardWinner NameSchool


Jackson Kitchell

DeSales University
Center Valley, PA

$1,000Carly DaSilvaThe College Of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
$1,000Katy MartinUniversity of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
$1,000Ryan McCluneyUniversity of North Carolina
Wilmington, NC
$1,000Forrest Anderson MaresNorthwestern College
St. Paul, MN
$1,000Anna WinslowCornell University
Ithaca, NY

Winners of the 2012 Poster Scholarship Contest

AwardWinner NameSchool


Angela McCauley

Albemarle High School
Charlottesville, VA

$1,000Katherine BartlettNew Hanover High School
Wilmington, NC
$1,000Chiara Ferrari-WongBergen County Academies
Hackensack, NJ
$1,000Devin McNultyMount Saint Joseph Academy
Flourtown, PA
$1,000Gabriela PabonDillard Center for the Arts
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Click here for previous years’ Poster Scholarship winners