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:

“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 2015 Essay Scholarship Contest

Winning essays coming soon.  Click here to read the topic for the 2015 Essay Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool
$2,500Calvin WilderUniversity of Chicago
Chicago, IL
$1,500Davis NegreteCalifornia 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 2015 Photo Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the winning photo.  Click here to read the topic for the 2015 Photo Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool
NPG’s Foundation for Human Conservation Photography Scholarship $1,000Alianna Holst Flathead Valley Community College
Kalispell, MT
NPG’s Robert H. Savage Memorial Scholarship $1,000David Benton Indiana University - Bloomington
Bloomington, IN
NPG’s Sarah G. Epstein Photography Scholarship $500Elle Withaar University of Hawaii - Manoa
Honolulu, HI
NPG’s Cosmo Haun Photography Scholarship $500Kayla Sabala Otero Junior College
La Junta, CO
NPG’s Walter V. McBeath Photography Scholarship $500 Hilary BurkholderImmaculata University
Immaculata, PA
$500Jafet Alvarado Cruz Miami Dade College
$500Alexis Brown Florida International University
Miami, FL
$500Kara Burke Hunter College
New York, NY
$500Marisa Cameron Whittier College
Whittier, CA
$500Tiana Costa Florida International University
Miami, FL
$500Rio De Santo Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, CA
$500Mark Dempsey Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC
$500Caleb Flowers Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA
$500Hannah Foster North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University
Greensboro, NC
$500Shannan Moore Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
$500Donna Sayegh University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
$500Anna Vetters Moody Bible Institute
Chicago, IL
$500Grayson Wells University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

Click here for previous years’ Photo 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