Announcing the 2021 Crossword Scholarship!

Say goodbye to 2020 and hello to the possibilities of 2021 by showing off your cruciverbalist skills and earning yourself a $1,000 scholarship. This past year has been tough for many but let us help you get one step closer to your educational goals with our 2021 BrightSprout Crossword Scholarship (formerly Crossword Hobbyist).

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 BrightSprout Scholarship is now open for submissions! Here at BrightSprout, we believe in the importance of education for all students no matter their background. That’s why we’re excited to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a current or incoming undergraduate student who will be enrolled for the Fall 2021 semester.

How to Apply

Most scholarships want you to submit an essay (been there, done that). 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 My Crossword Maker. 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, your favorite binge-worthy show – the sky really is the limit.

Please review the instructions, terms, and conditions carefully on our  Crossword Scholarship Page to determine your eligibility. The deadline to apply is April 30th, 2021 and we can’t wait to see your creativity!


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

Up to five finalists will also be awarded a free lifetime subscription to My Crossword Maker and My Word Search.


Please email [email protected] with any questions pertaining to the 2021 crossword scholarship contest.

Good luck and happy puzzling to all that apply! We are so excited to see what you come up with!

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