$10,000 SEO Expert Scholarship

In today’s competitive job market, it pays to have a leg up on your competition. Good grades, stellar internship reviews and a relevant minor comprise part of the equation. Today, organizations are looking for applicants who go the extra mile. They’re looking for graduates who have started making a name for themselves in their industry before they graduated.

The SEO Expert Scholarship can help you showcase your knowledge and talent while also providing some much-needed funds to finish your education. It’s designed for juniors, seniors and graduate students majoring in business, communications and web-based technology who have a passion for educating others about search engine optimization, online marketing and the future of online business tools.


Scholarship Details

We will award one scholarship in the amount of $10,000 to the candidate who writes the best essay about SEO. Applicants should be majoring in one of the following fields (or an equivalent):

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Journalism
  • Web-based technology

A panel of SEO Expert leadership will choose 20 finalists. Finalists may be asked to participate in a phone interview. The top finalist will be awarded the $10,000 scholarship, which can be used for any educational expenses.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an SEO Expert scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in business, communications or a web-based technology
  • Hold a 2.75 grade point average
  • Write a 1,500 to 2,000 word article about a topic relevant to search engine optimization and online marketing
  • Authorize SEO Expert permission to publish their essay on its website
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America

To Apply

Applications will be accepted from July 15, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The winner will be announced on April 1, 2017.  All applications must include:

  • A 1,500 to 2,000 word essay about a topic relevant to SEO or online marketing that meets the below requirements
  • Agreement to the terms and conditions of this Scholarship Program, available by clicking here. This grants SEO Expert full, irrevocable rights to the essay
  • A 100-word bio
  • A headshot from your smartphone, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn page
  • A link to your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, blog, or LinkedIn page


Each article will be scored on the following criteria using a rubric:

  • Follows AP Style
  • Original content (allows no more than 3% unoriginal content)
  • Relevant to SEO
  • Formatted correctly
  • Originality of topic/end product
  • Creativity


Submit your article with the following formatting:

  • 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • At least 1,500 words and no more than 2,000 words
  • In .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt format
  • AP Style
  • Must be your original work
  • You must cite anyone else’s work to which you refer


Selected entries may be published on the SEO Expert website or its social properties:

Possible Essay Topics

It is our goal with this scholarship to educate future business leaders about the importance of online marketing. Essay topics should be current, relevant, educational and researched. They should also include links to high-profile sources. Possible topic ideas include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Measuring content for online success
  • An evaluation of a marketing campaign
  • Benefits of backlinks and how to acquire them
  • The marriage of SEO and social media
  • Facebook’s ever-changing algorithms
  • Which companies are not yet on the Internet
  • Newly-debunked SEO myths
  • A fresh take on back-end SEO strategy
  • Google’s ever-changing algorithms (and why they keep changing)
  • The growing use of mobile search and implications for the future of commerce

SEO Expert Scholarship Application Form

Acceptable file types for upload headshot: gif, png, jpg, jpeg
Acceptable file types for upload writing: pdf, txt, doc, docx

By clicking Submit above, I hereby agree to all of the terms and conditions for this Scholarship Program. I also hereby forever hold harmless SEO Expert Inc., its owners, directors, employees, officers, Board of Directors, vendors, contractors, and/or subsidiaries.

Scholarship Disclaimer

By submitting your scholarship application and your article, you give SEO Expert permission to publish your article and byline on its website. Not all articles will be published and not all articles will receive bylines. SEO Expert also retains the right to publish all article entries on its social media channels as it sees fit.

Scholarship applications and articles will be scored using a rubric. Entries not following the style guide or application directions will be eliminated from the application pool.

Thanks for submitting your SEO Expert Scholarship Essay!
We will announce a winner via email and on this webpage on April 1, 2017!

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