2016 Second Annual High School Starleague

$2000 Essay Scholarship

Do you think you are a masters level essay writer? Do you want want a chance to win a scholarship for college? One of High School Starleague’s Four Pillars of Excellence is the “Education and Development” of each individual student’s academics. High School Starleague works to ensure that while students enjoy playing video games, school always comes first. Our sponsors and staff here at High School Starleague are happily excited to reward those diligent student athletes taking on the challenge of a higher education.

Student gamers across the country work hard to better their gameplay, and we understand that it may be difficult to do so during the college application period. Many of these students may not be able to afford to go to the college of their choice. However, we want these students to reach their full potential. To help them accomplish this, HSL offers scholarships to not only top players in our divisional games but scholarships  to passionate students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and community involvement (double the amount of last year’s essay scholarship prizing). Now open to students in Canada! Need help choosing colleges and majors? 



There will be $2000 USD in scholarships awarded cumulatively to 8 students:

1st place:  $750 USD

2nd place: $500 USD

3rd place: $250 USD

5 honorable mentions: $100 USD each

  1. There are many conflict minerals (example: coltan) used in the manufacturing of your computer and gaming systems. Research your computer/gaming system and what materials each part is made of. What is a major challenge facing economic or environmental sustainability in gaming and what can be done to improve such conditions?
  2. What video game has most influenced your life and the way you view the world? Why?
  3. When does jet fuel actually melt steel beams?
  4. If you could describe your favorite teacher as a video game character, what character would he/she be? Why?
  5. What would you be like if gaming was never a part of your life? Why?
To apply for an HSL scholarship, a student must:
– Be a high school junior, senior, or equivalent
– Be younger than 19 years old at the time of submission
– Be planning on attending a two- or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school full-time in North America
– Be a legal U.S. Or Canada resident
– Have an unweighted, cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher
– Currently attend a school in North America
– Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline of the application

All students are eligible to apply regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.

(500 word minimum, 700 word maximum.)

Write a personal statement answering any of the following prompts: pick only one prompt.
We suggest you write your essays in a word processing software and then copy and paste into the submission form.

Applications are judged purely on their essay and will be judged in the following categories (in no particular order:)
– Content (creativity)
– Organization
– Style
– Mechanics & usage
– Focus

Beginning April 16, 2016, students may submit essays. The deadline is May 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. Applicants will be notified of scholarship award status by June 7, 2016 via email and/or social media. This scholarship is not renewable.

Winners will be contacted by HSL, and will have to provide information showing that they meet the listed eligibility requirements. Once enrolled, HSL will pay the scholarships directly to the university or college of choice.
Can I apply even if I haven’t been accepted to a college yet?
Yes, you may apply for our scholarship if you haven’t been accepted to a college yet. However, the eventual awarding of the scholarship will require verification of college enrollment.

Can I download the application, complete, and send in a hard copy?
No. The application can only be submitted online.

I am home schooled, what do I need to provide in lieu of a school district issued transcript?
As a home schooled applicant, you should submit your parent-issued transcript.

Do you grant extensions for late applications?
No, we are unable to grant extensions for late applications. Period.

I have never played any video games sports of any kind. Do I have to be a gamer to apply for this scholarship?
The 2016 High School Starleague Essay Scholarship is an essay based scholarship. It is not a requirement that you participated in an HSL tournament or play video games.

My school uses an alternative grading system (one that is not covered by the GPA conversion chart), or does not calculate GPAs.
Our scholarship program is based on students meeting a minimum GPA requirement. For this reason, to be eligible, you must at least have an estimated GPA. If your school uses an alternative grading system, or does not normally calculate GPAs, a school official (teacher, counselor, or administrator) must estimate your GPA on a 4.0 scale based on your performance this school year up to the time of our application deadline.

I do not have finalized grades for this quarter/semester and I’m not sure if I will have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
We calculate GPAs based on what is available at the time of our application deadline. Since this varies from school to school, please submit the most recent grades you have.

Submissions are currently open. Students may begin submitting their entrees starting April 16, 2016. The deadline is May 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. 

Click here to submit.

I’m truly grateful for the HSL competition and prizes – at the end of writing so many college essays, I was more than glad to write about how games impacted my life without worrying about winning or losing – I think I was really fortunate on so many fronts that things worked out the way they did.

Read the interview with Max: http://hsstarleague.com/short-qa-with-2014-essay-winner/

Max Wei - Last year's first place winner from Iolani School, Hawaii

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The deadline for the 2016 Second Annual High School Starleague Essay Scholarship Contest is approaching. As you shining stars continue to work on your essays (which we hope you’ve been doing), we’ve re-read over the essays submitted from last year’s competition to see what were the most common mistakes students made. Carefully reading this article could potentially help you land part of the $2000 scholarship prizing!


For further information, feel free to contact cindy@hsstarleague.com