Name: The Inspired Scribble Scholarship
Who is Eligible: any Monmouth Regional High School student enrolled in the AP Humanities class
Mission: to expand creativity and encourage the discovery of one’s true voice
Criteria: Be yourself. This ensures a degree of difficult that is specific to the individual student. Submissions include a creative writing portfolio with a maximum of 15 pages that may include poems, fiction, non-fiction, short stories or moments. It is up to the student how the portfolio is to be organized, what kinds of stories they would like to tell, and what message they feel best represents their character. There is one requirement: they are the main character.
The Inspired Scribble Scholarship is a reflection of my passion for creative writing. After graduating from Lehigh University with degrees in Journalism and English with a minor in Creative Writing, I realized words could be a great way to give students a safe space for expression outside of academic boundaries. I want students to embrace their natural creative tendencies rather than shy away from them. I want the individual to discover their voice in their own words, and to explore the pauses in between. Truth settles here.
High school is a unique environment. There are many demands from various groups of people that is often too easy to get lost in the shuffle. It just might be more rewarding if students are able to discover some things for themselves while they’re at it. That’s why I’m offering the scholarship. Writing is a reflection of self, and in addition to providing a creative space, I challenge them to be true to themselves. The winner will best be able to accomplish that if their writing emotionally moves the reader and alters their pattern of thinking. Honest emotion in the reader is the result of honest emotion in the writer, and when people recognize something true before them, whether it is face-to-face or through writing, they feel it.
So I challenge the students to take up the pen and write with gusto.
2012 Winner: Nervin Ramirez
2013 Winner: Amanda Tursi
2014 Winner: Noah Fusco
2015 Winner: Taylor Hager