Merit is a fun way to help you improve your college and scholarship applications, get into your dream school, and pay for it. In addition, you are required to earn 75 Merit to be considered for Prompt's $2,000 Monthly Prize and $10,000 Grand Prize. You earn Merit by completing tasks such as getting a free essay review, trying out a free trial of a service we love, getting recommendations, and sharing with your friends (see the full list below).
We created Merit for several reasons. First, we want you to succeed, and earning Merit helps you rock your applications. Second, Merit tasks such as recommendations help us understand your pull across your personal network. Third, we get tens of thousands of applications and unfortunately our founders, Brad, Jordan, and John, don't have enough time to read every essay since they're busy helping everyone kick butt on their applications.
Below are all of the ways you can earn Merit. Click on one for more details and to start earning Merit today, and be on the lookout for new Merit opportunities in the future. If you have any questions, just click on the green circle below to chat with us. Let's do this!
List of Merit granting activities
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Get a free review of your essay (10 Merit)
Get one essay reviewed for free by one of Prompt's admissions experts. You'll get your chances of getting into your dream school plus feedback on the two best ways to improve your essay. You can request feedback when you upload your essay.
Give our essay Outline Creator a whirl (5 Merit)
Writing is hard. Thankfully, we've developed a fun, simple tool to help you create outlines for all of your college admissions essays. Use it for free and even chat with admissions experts for free while you're writing your outlines.
Try free college search, application help, and scholarship services we love (5 Merit each)
We've convinced many other amazingly awesome and useful services to provide you with free stuff for applying to Prompt's $20,000 Scholarship. View successful applications with AdmitSee, automatically apply for scholarships with ScholarshipOwl, and manage your entire college search and application process with Guided Path Edge. Plus, we'll be adding many other great services throughout the fall. Just go to our free trials page and select an offer. You'll get 5 Merit for each one you try out.
Get recommendations (2 Merit each)
We love applicants who are loved. Have your friends, teachers, family, neighbors, and even the random, smelly person down the street recommend you. Recommendations take as little as 10 seconds each and prove to us that you are an upstanding individual worthy of our scholarship. Keep the one recommendation per person rule in mind, since we're pretty tech-savvy and know when someone tries submitting multiple recommendations!
Are you familiar with Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead? If not, read up on it and enter this scholarship essay contest for your shot at $10,000. Ayn Rand was a novelist and philosopher. She is known for her invention of a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Ayn Rand’s novels are intellectually stimulating and reading and writing about them, according to the website, could be life changing.
236 scholarships will be given out, ranging from first place ($10,000) to semifinalists ($50). Applicants must write an essay, no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words, on one of the three topics provided on the website relating to the novel. The contest is open to students worldwide who are in the 11th or 12th grade. Essay must be postmarked no later than April 26, 2010, no later than 11:59PM, Pacific time. For full rules of entry and more information visit the scholarship website at essaycontest.aynrandnovels.com.
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