Announcing the 2024 BrightSprout Crossword Scholarship!

We are excited to announce that the 2024 BrightSprout Crossword Scholarship is now open for submissions! 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 thrilled to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a current or incoming undergraduate student who will be enrolled for the Fall 2024 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 puzzles! That’s why we’re asking applicants to create one 15×15 newspaper-style crossword puzzle on Crossword Maker. The theme should focus on a topic that you’re passionate about. It can be anything you want! Animals, philosophy, skateboarding, hip hop, retro video games, your favorite film – the sky really is the limit.

Please review the instructions, terms, and conditions carefully on our  Crossword Scholarship Page to determine your eligibility for the BrightSprout Crossword Scholarship. The deadline to apply is May 3rd, 2024.


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

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


Please email [email protected] with any questions pertaining to the 2024 BrightSprout Crossword scholarship.

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

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