Fight the Fear Scholarship Slam


How does $1,000 for college sound? Thought so. Keep reading to find out how to win.


"Always do what you are afraid to do." This phrase popularized by the poet Ralph Waldo Emerson hits close to home with all of us as we've had to conquer our fears, big and small. Doing something you're afraid of always starts off terrifying but the experience can be rewarding in the end — the hardest part is taking the plunge and getting out of your comfort zone.

How did you overcome one of your fears, and what did you learn from the experience?

Fear can be your best friend or your worst enemy — it can motivate you to move to a better place but it can also hold you back if you let it. Have you been afraid of trying something new? Accomplishing a certain task? Or maybe your fears lie in insecurities about yourself? Tell us in a poem how you've fought your fears for your chance to win.

Note: This is a sweepstakes scholarship. That means a winner will be chosen from a random drawing.


  1. The basic requirements are this: (1) you are 25 years of age (or younger), and (2) you are a current or former high school student who will attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories.
  2. Add an original poem to Power Poetry by Tuesday, March 5, 2019. You'll need to register as a member of our community first. 

Got questions? Our scholarship FAQ and contest rules should have the answers. If they don't, feel free to contact us.




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WARNING! Some poems contain explicit language.
I’ve been fighting for years. To overcome certain fears. That aren’t only mines but also have my mother in tears.
2 hours 37 min ago
You asked me to speak. But I couldn't breathe. And despite this, you asked me to anyway.
5 hours 22 min ago
I was thirteen my family packed into a van "Wham bam thank you pam" to the land where I began
5 hours 58 min ago
The air is black. Black. Choking black.
6 hours 32 min ago
The creatures scream and shout, From the winter boondocks of my mind, Oh, the things they scream about;
7 hours 15 min ago