We invite you to enter the Scholarship Program.

We will select one top award winner who will receive a $1,500 unrestricted scholarship (unrestricted means you can buy pizza with the award instead of books if you want—the check is in your name).

The winning essay will be posted on along with the second and third best essays. These two runners-up will receive a free web hosting account worth $100 for you to build a blog or portfolio.

There are no correct answers – we are looking for honest, compelling essays.

Why Should You Start a Blog?

In the beginning, words were transient. They could move from one person to the next, but they died whenever the were not passed along—even the ones that survived by being passed, over and over, changed a little with each retelling. There was no permanence. And then there was writing.

Writing changed everything. Now, our words go on long after us. The thoughts of men and women who died a thousand years ago are here with us. We can read the books our great grandparents read. The past couple decades have brought tremendous change to what it means to write, however. Our thoughts are now easily shared in electronic format. Blogs are everywhere.

Clearly blogs are important, but, the question is: Why? Why should you start a blog? First Site Guide is sponsoring a $1,500 scholarship for the college student who can write the blog post with the best answer to that question.

Eligible Applicants:
Any degree-seeking student enrolled in an accredited college or university and to all high school students in the United States or Canada. Must not be an employee of or immediately related to any employee of

A $1,500 unrestricted scholarship.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2016.

Scholarship applicants must submit an essay on the provided topic.

  • Write the essay in Microsoft Word file format (doc or docx)
  • Entries with typos or grammatical errors will not be considered
  • Submit the essay as an attachment in an email to
  • The filename should include your first initial, last name, and your school name
    • For example, John Smith who attends nursing school in Austin would use this filename: JSmith_UniversityofTexasatAustin

In your email, include

  • Full name
  • Name of school
  • Type of program (e.g., dental school)
  • Email address
  • Home address
  • Telephone number (we won’t call unless you win)

Application Instructions:
Your submission on “Why Should you Start a Blog” of 1500 words minimum must be submitted to for evaluation. Please read the terms and conditions prior to submission. The best entrant, as judged by the editors, will receive the award.

Submit completed essays to

Winner Announced:
June 30th, 2016

Additional Rules

  • All entries become the sole property of and cannot be returned to the entrant
  • reserves the right to require proof of enrollment at a qualifying academic institution prior to issuing an award
  • One entry per person per contest year
  • Void where prohibited