Essay Theme: "Your Dream"

Just about anyone who has studied at college will tell that it's tough at times. You have to be disciplined and self-motivated. To accomplish your goals, you need to keep pushing – whether you feel like it or not.

What dream motivates you to succeed at study? What's the ultimate goal that will keep you going when things are difficult? Is it just to pass the course and get a qualification, or something more than that? Tell us in 250 words or less about your study motivation.

2017 Study Hard Challenge: Entry Form

Your name

College course

College or university

Contact email

Essay title

Your essay (150-250 words)

Competition terms and conditions

The Study Hard Challenge essay competition is open to current and future college students. You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen enrolled, or seeking to enroll, in an accredited college or university.

Fill in the form on this page to enter. It is recommended that you first draft your essay in a Word document or similar. If you have any submission problems, you may send your entry by email to

The competition closing date is April 1. A new round of the competition, with a different theme, will start as soon as the current round finishes.

The content of any entries may be used by Good Colleges for research or publishing purposes.

Judging and awarding

The winning essay will be selected by a panel and announced in the same month that the competition closes.

How well the essay follows the theme is a judging factor. A winning entry may be insightful, informative, entertaining or moving. There are no rules about what style of entry could win.

The $2,000 prize is paid via PayPal. An email address linked to a PayPal account is required for payment.

The winner is asked to send a photo of themselves with a winning certificate (to be supplied).