The Purpose Challenge is a campaign to help high school seniors find their purpose in life, write better essays for their college applications, and apply for $25,000 in scholarship money. An innovative and inspiring new online tool, The Purpose Challenge, draws on decades of research into the roots and benefits of purpose. The toolkit incorporates video content, reading materials, and brief written exercises such as imagining your ideal life at age 40, to help high school seniors reflect on and refine their sense of purpose. Additionally, it contains step-by-step guidance on how to write a meaningful college essay, along with providing sample essays for review. Teens can then inject their newly fleshed out sense of purpose in their college application essay and win up to $25,000 for college! Learn more at Why Purpose? We believe purpose is critically important: Research has shown that a strong sense of purpose, a commitment to something that is both personally rewarding and beneficial to others, is linked to improved health, well-being, and success. A stronger sense of purpose can make a significant difference in a young person's life path, setting them on a course for a more successful, meaningful life.

Award Information

Award Amount
$5,000 - $25,000
Number of Awards
Application Deadline
February 1
Available to Class Level
None specified
Not renewable

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum GPA Required
None specified
None specified
None specified
Religious Affiliation
None specified
Location of College
None specified
Area of Study
None specified
Financial Need
Financial need analysis is not required

Scholarship Sponsor

Greater Good Science Center
University of California, Berkeley, MC 6070
City, State, Zip
Berkeley, CA , 94720­
(310) 826-0123

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