The 2023 Student Essay Contest is now closed. Please check back soon for more details about the 2024 contest and read the 2023 winning essays for inspiration.

Do you have an interesting story to tell?

Share it by entering the Student Essay Contest. Your experience could win you cash!

About the Student Essay Contest

The Student Essay Contest is an annual contest at Reynolds Community College sponsored by the J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College Educational Foundation. The goal of the contest is to capture the many stories of the students who walk the halls of Reynolds. We're eager to read about your experience!


  • First prize - $250
  • Second prize - $175
  • Third prize - $100 

How to Enter

Reminder, the 2023 Student Essay Contest is now closed. Please check back soon for 2024 prompts and deadlines.

  • Your essay should be two to four pages of typed and double-spaced text using 12-point Times New Roman font; ensure the file you submit is in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
  • Be sure to include your Reynolds Student ID in the header of your document.
  • Email your entry to
  • Tip: Utilize the consultants of the Reynolds Writing Studios to make your essay its best!

Questions? Email them to