JA Future Laureate Scholarship

Open to students in the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020 who have participated in at least one Junior Achievement of Central Virginia program while in high school.

The JA Future Laureate Scholarship Competition is an annual scholarship contest that awards students from the Central Virginia region with a $2,500 scholarship each.

The application for the 2018 JA Future Laureate Scholarship is now open!

Click here for the application.

see all rules and regulations below

Applications will be accepted until 11:59, February 28, 2018.

Last year's winners:


Star Parham and Miwa Hyatt from Thomas Dale High School


1.  The Application

  • Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
    • Creativity & originality
    • Grammar & spelling
    • Content & Relevancy of response
  • Applicants must use proper grammar and spelling in their answers and will be penalized for use of improper grammar or spelling.
  • Applicants are not permitted to include any forms of media (i.e. photos, diagrams or charts) other than plain text in their applications.
  • Applicants may opt to cite external references in their answers, such as statistics or quotes.  All external references must be properly cited as parenthetical citations, footnotes, or endnotes.
  • Applications must be the original work of the applicant.  Appliations must not contain material that infringes on the intellectual property rights of others.  Any application that violates these rules will be disqualified and any awards made for such will be rescinded and must be returned to Junior Achievement.  
  • Junior Achievement will collect personally identifiable information about applicants as part of the application process.  This information will be used to contact applicants in connection with the competition and in announcements, events, and press releases related to the competition and will be provided only to parties related to Junior Achievement of Central Virginia ("Junior Achievement"), and the applicant's school and legal guardians.  No personally identifiable information about the applicants will be revealed to any member of the judging committee at any time during the judging process. 

2.  Awards

  • The winning applicant(s) will be determined by a judging committee selected by Junior Achievement.
  • Applicants may be asked to participate in an in-person interview with Junior Achievement staff and/or board members.
  • An unspecified number of applicants will be chosen to receive a $2,500 scholarship each.
  • The scholarship must be applied to higher education expenses.
  • The winner(s) must be available to attend the 2018 Junior Achievement Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame on Thursday, May 17, 2018.  At this event, the winners will present to the attendees and receive their prize. Winners' application answers (essay style) will be published on the JA website and may be used in marketing on social media, print and radio/tv.  
  • Winner(s) will be announced on www.JAtoday.org in spring 2018.

3.  Who May Enter

  • Applicant must have participated in one or more Junior Achievement of Central Virginia programs since September 8, 2016. This would mean the applicant participated as a 9th or 10th grader during all of last school year or as an 11th grader up to the application deadline of January 31, 2018. Programs in which the applicant may have participated include:  JA Finance Park, JA Job Shadow, JA Empowered through Ethics, Virginia Entrepreneurial Challenge, JA Be Entrepreneurial, JA Career Success, JA Economics, JA Exploring Economics, JA Personal Finance, JA Company Program.
  • Applicant must be a student enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade at an high school or home school program in Junior Achievement's Franchised Region on the date on which he or she submits a conforming essay and application.  Junior Achievement's Franchised Region comprises the following counties and cities:
    • Albemarle, Amelia, Augusta, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Halifax, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell, Louisa, Nelson, New Kent, Nottoway, Orange, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Prince George, City of Richmond, Staunton, Waynesboro

  • Applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
  • Immediate family members of judging committee members are ineligible for this essay competition.  Immediate family members of employees of Junior Achievement, the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, the Young Professionals Board of Junior Achievement, the Educational Advisory Board of Junior Achievement and the Advisory Board of Junior Achievement are also ineligible.
  • Grand Prize winners from any prior Junior Achievement JA Future Laureate competition are ineligible for this competition.
  • Any applicant who has been previously disqualified from a Junior Achievement competition is ineligible for this competition.
  • Each applicant may enter only once and may only provide one application.
  • Students who are chosen as JA Student Ambassadors in 2017 have the benefit of being automatically enterered as finalists for the 2018 JA Future Laureate scholarship competition.

4.  How to Enter

  • Applicant must submit his or her application to Junior Achievement between June 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018.  Applications received by Junior Achievement after 11:59 p.m. on January 31 2018, will not qualify and will not be considered.
  • Applicants must submit an application form via the link found on the JAtoday.org website. Applications submitted by mail, courier, fax, or any means other than the competition's website will not qualify and will not be considered. 
  • Applications submitted incomplete or by an applicant who does not meet the qualifications of the competition will not qualify and will not be considered for any award.
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia is the official timekeeper of the event.

5.  Conditions for Participation

  • All submitted application responses become the exclusive intellectual property of Junior Achievement, and Junior Achievement obtains all rights to use and republish all or any part of such essays upon submission to our website.
  • Junior Achievement may use prizewinners' names, likeness, and other identifying information (such as hometown, school, or grade) in promotional materials relating to this competition.
  • Winners (or their parents or guardians) will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility, originality, and compliance with the official rules, a liability release, and a publicity release as a condition to receiving their scholarship.
  • Winners will be required to have an educator, guidance counselor or other official at his or her school or home school program in the Franchised Region submit verification of the winner's school enrollment in the Franchised Region on the date of submission.
  • Winners will be required to provide written evidence from an institution of higher education confirming their intent to matriculate to that institution as a condition to receiving their scholarship.
  • Winners will be required to affirm that the scholarship will be used solely for paying expenses incurred as part of attending an institution of higher education as a condition to receiving their scholarship.
  • All taxes shall be the responsibility of the winners of the competition.  Winners will be required to submit a completed IRS Form W-9 to Junior Achievement as a condition to receiving their scholarship.
  • The scholarship will be disbursed to each winner in June of the calendar year that the winner will matriculate to the verified institution of higher education.
  • Each student winner must remain enrolled in a school within the JACV footprint until April 30, 2019 in order to be eligible to receive the scholarship in June of their final year of high school.
  • Scholarship must be used within one year of high school graduation.
  • By submitting an application to Junior Achievement, the applicant agrees to all of the terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules and on Junior Achievement's website governing the 2018 JA Future Laureate Competition.

6.  Miscellaneous

  • No application will be given preference over any other essay on the basis of an applicant's name, school, gender, race, ethnicity, geographic origin, or any legally protected status.
  • Applicant acknowledges that Junior Achievement shall have no liability of any kind as a result of any errors or omissions in the administration of this competition, or any network or website errors or incompatibilities, and by entering this competition applicant releases any and all claims applicant may have against Junior Achievement in this regard.
  • No applications will be returned to applicants.
  • No notice will be given to applicants with non-winning or non-conforming essays or applications.
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia will adhere to its privacy policy located here: https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-centralva/policies
  • Junior Achievement of Central Virginia has the right to modify this contest for situations that may be out of its control.

For more information or if you have any questions,
contact Jennifer Boyle at (804) 217-8855 or jboyle@JAtoday.org