NEACAC's 2017 Essay Contest Information & Application
 Win a scholarship for college!


The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) announces its Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors. NEACAC is an educational association of more than 3,700 secondary school counselors, college and university admission and financial aid counselors, and individuals who work with students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

High school juniors and seniors from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic:

Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community?


After February 1st, fill out the application and upload your 500-word essay formatted as a Word document (.doc or .docx) or as a pdf. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

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A panel of NEACAC members will judge essays based on originality, creativity, focus, clarity, and structure. Students from a broad range of academic preparation are encouraged to apply.


Six winners—one from each of the six New England states—will be awarded a $1000 scholarship and receive recognition at an awards ceremony during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference and have their names published in the NEACAC Newsletter.