Announcing the 2019 Crossword Scholarship!

The 2019 BrightSprout Scholarship has now closed.

Here at BrightSprout (formerly Crossword Hobbyist), we believe in the importance of education for all students no matter their background. That’s why we’re excited to offer the BrightSprout Crossword Scholarship.


BrightSprout is offering a scholarship to a current or incoming undergraduate student who will be enrolled for the Fall 2019 semester.

How to Apply

Most scholarships want you to submit an essay. Essays are great, and we do want to hear a bit about you, but we love crosswords! That’s why we’re asking applicants to create one 15×15 newspaper-style crossword puzzle on BrightSprout. The theme should focus on a topic that you’re passionate about. It can be anything you want! Animals, music, skateboarding, cupcakes, retro video games – the sky really is the limit.

Warning: don’t create a standard-style puzzle! To avoid this mistake, take the following steps:

  1. Create a free account on My Crossword Maker.
  2. Go to the “My Puzzles” page from the navigation bar.
  3. Click the “Newspaper Style” puzzle button.

No matter what theme you choose, the puzzle should meet the standards of professional newspaper-style puzzles as listed here. A submitted puzzle should have a maximum of 78 words. Creators who make puzzles with fewer black squares increase their odds of winning.

Once you’ve learned how to use the crossword puzzle maker at My Crossword Maker, follow the steps below to apply to our scholarship:

  1. Create your puzzle.
  2. Email us at [email protected] so we can waive the one time publishing fee.
  3. Wait for an email confirming your puzzle has been unlocked. This should take no longer than 24 hours.
  4. Publish your puzzle once it is unlocked.
  5. Fill out the application form below. We will notify winners through the email listed in the form.

Remember, no fees are required of students to apply to this scholarship. You must follow the steps as outlined above. Applications with unpublished or standard-style puzzles will not be considered.

To clarify, all copyrights remain with the creator. We will not own the rights to any submitted crossword puzzle.

We strongly encourage all participants to share their crossword puzzles to their websites, blogs, and social media when available. Successfully creating a crossword puzzle is a huge accomplishment! Sharing it with others is a great way to celebrate. Keep in mind that this is not a requirement for entry.

The deadline to apply to the 2019 Crossword Scholarship is April 30th, 2019.


The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and a free lifetime subscription to My Crossword Maker and My Word Search.

We will award up to 5 finalists a free lifetime subscription to My Crossword Maker and My Word Search..

Winner Notification

The selection committee at BrightSprout will determine the winning puzzle for the 2019 Crossword Scholarship. The committee will make their selection based on the cleverness of the theme, clues, and answers, as well as a well-executed grid design. We will announce the selection by June 5th, 2019.

The scholarship is to be used exclusively for school tuition and related expenses. A check for $1,000 will be made payable to the award recipient’s college, university, or trade school.


Please email [email protected] with any questions pertaining to this scholarship.

Terms and Conditions

  • Any successful applicant may be required to show proof that they are enrolled in, or have been accepted to, an accredited university, commencing studies for the Fall 2019 semester.
  • International students enrolled in an American or Canadian university may apply.
  • Any students who know any of the BrightSprout committee members personally are not eligible to win.
  • There is no cost to apply for this scholarship. We will not request any monies from you.
  • The winner of the scholarship is chosen at the sole discretion of the Selection Committee. We will announce the winner and the finalists by June 5th, 2019.
  • Please direct all inquiries to [email protected]. We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

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