Each year, NPG offers a variety of Scholarship Contests for students across the country.  Contestants are invited to answer a population-related challenge, with their own experience and insight guiding their ideas for a solution.  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 at the beginning of each year!

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:

“I would like to sincerely thank Negative Population Growth for not only assisting me in being able to afford school, but for the opportunity to work with your organization. It is an absolute honor to have been chosen as a winner, and I feel that I have truthfully connected with NPG and its mission.  Besides being thankful for the opportunity and financial help, my Grandma is a supporter of NPG and it brought her to tears when I told her I had won. I would like to thank you for allowing me to make my family proud.”

Matthew Janz
2016 Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest
NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship

“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.”

Annonymous Student

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 2016 Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the text of the winning ad.  Click here to read the topic for the 2016 Written Advertisement Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Dustin Soutendijk

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


Samantha Burkhart

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

$1,000Joseph AyersBoise State University
Boise, ID
NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship
Matthew JanzNevada State College
Henderson, NV
$1,000Madison PurdyUniversity of Colorado
Boulder, CO

Winners of the 2016 Photo Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the winning photo.  Click here to read the topic for the 2016 Photo Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool

NPG’s Foundation for Human Conservation Photography Scholarship

Sam Mullinix

Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA

$1,000 Award

Jennifer Filippelli

Moorpark College
Moorpark, CA

Honorable Mention
Jacob Hehn University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
Honorable Mention
Alex Morales University of California
Berkeley, CA
NPG’s Robert H. Savage Memorial Scholarship
Aidan Teodoro Baylor University
Waco, TX

Click here for previous years’ Photo Scholarship winners

Winners of the 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest

Click here to read the topic for the 2015 Essay Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Calvin Wilder

University of Chicago
Chicago, IL


Davis Negrete

California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA

$1,000Megan BeachNorthwestern University
Evanston, IL
$1,000Kara LeonardSouth Piedmont Community College
Monroe, NC
$1,000Hartland McDonaldFlorida State University
Tallahassee, FL
$1,000Raegan MelfeCalifornia Baptist University
Riverside, CA
$1,000Zachery WaitrovichUniversity of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
$1,000James WangUniversity of Connecticut
Storrs, CT

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