O Captain, My Captain Scholarship Slam


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


You've definitely had a mentor — someone or something that has affected your personal development. Mentors aren't just limited to people — there are abstract concepts and ideas that shape you every day. Now we're giving you the chance to say thank you and let this person or thing know how much they've impacted your life.

Who or what has had the greatest influence/impact on your life?

We can learn from anything, anywhere at any time. People, objects, and experiences — like coaches, parents, close friends, comics, movies, or favorite books — can seriously impact us. But so can concepts and ideas like love, fear, acceptance, depression, anger, and guilt. A mentor can also be something that you're passionate about, that's taught you more about yourself and/or the world around you. What does your mentor mean to you? How have these people or topics shaped you into the person you are today? Write a poem thanking the greatest influencer in your life 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 Thursday, October 25, 2018. 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.
You came like a breeze, A small caressing touch of cool wind, Refreshing under such suppressive heat.
5 hours 54 min ago
We hated her. She was easily the most vexatious, Her quotidian tears, Flowing quicker than a babe’s.
8 hours 18 min ago
Oh man! I mean OH man! what life will put us through So many calls for despair the untried and true
8 hours 35 min ago
You have not known how many years I've waited for this,
8 hours 48 min ago
You have lead me To a world far beyond my view Taught me to see the colors That I cannot see
14 hours 54 min ago