Showcase Your Writing Skills & Uncover the Unsung Heroes in Your Community

$500 Scholarships Available for High School Students

Apply today and take the first step towards a scholarship and a brighter future!

Lookout is offering their first journalism challenge for high school and college students in Santa Cruz County. Inspired by our popular “Unsung Santa Cruz” series, this challenge invites students to write a profile of a local unsung hero who is making a positive difference in the community.

The editing team will read and review all entries. The top 10 stories will be published on Lookout and the authors of the top three stories, two high school students and one college student, will each receive a $500 scholarship for an educational purchase. This could be money towards a computer, text books, an online course, software, college applications, college visits, etc and you must share what you would plan to spend the money on in your application.

Eligibility requirements: All high school students in Santa Cruz County and UC Santa Cruz or Cabrillo students are invited to apply.

Entries will be accepted through May 12th, 2023.

How to Apply: Simply fill out this Google form with your information, including grade level and school, and submit your story.