Competitive Essay Scholarship Contest

Scholarship Essay Contest

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Scholarships and financial aid awarded to qualified students


Students across South Puget Sound entering ninth grade have the opportunity to attend Charles Wright Academy through a competitive scholarship essay contest.




*Current CWA students may apply by emailing their essay to


Eligible students with winning essays will be awarded scholarships and financial aid awards ranging from $1,000 to full tuition for all four years until graduation.

How to Apply: Current CWA Students


Current students should send their completed essays in PDF format to

How to Apply: New-to-CWA Students


New-to-CWA students and those interested in attending CWA must complete an application for admission alongside their essay contest submission.


Application for Admission


Complete the online application and submit the $40 application fee. Once the online application and fee are submitted, you will launch access to your online portal. You will see a checklist with more information about how to complete the following steps:

  • Family and Student Questionnaire

  • School records request and teacher references

  • Essay contest submission

  • Admission Assessment and Interview

We will administer admission assessments by appointment.