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2020 Scholarship Topics

Below are the topics for our 2020 essay contest. Prospective campers should pick one topic and submit a creative and well-thought-out argumentative essay for an opportunity to win a one-week scholarship to attend our camp. Essays should be submitted no later than March 1, 2020.


1. That's it! You've done it! As one of the nation's top physicists, you have successfully invented the world's first time machine. Recognizing that your actions could alter the world as we know it, what one moment in history would you travel back in time to change? How are things different upon your return to the modern day? 

2. While planting a tree in your backyard for Arbor Day, you dig up what looks to be a buried treasure chest. Upon closer inspection, you find "Bernardo de Gálvez - 1777" inscribed on the top. What do you hope is inside? Do you alert the authorities? What will you do after opening the chest? 

3. On the morning of your 13th birthday, you wake up to discover that you have been gifted a super power. What is your new ability and what do you do with it? Do you tell anyone? How does your new found ability affect everyday life for yourself and those around you? Explain how your life has changed due to having this new super power. 


In a word processing document, please choose one of the topics above and submit a well-prepared essay.

At the top of your first page, please include the following:

Camper's Name
Parent/Guardian Name
Phone Number
Date of Birth
Current Grade Level, Current School

Title of Essay


Essays will be judged on creativity, composition, and clarity by a committee of LSMSA Faculty.


Email your essay to [email protected] by March 1, 2019.

Scholarship FAQ

What does it cover?
The Summer @LSMSA Scholarship covers the $399 registration cost for an overnight camper or the $299 registration cost for a day camper. This includes all meals, activities, course materials, and lodging (if applicable). It does not cover additional snacks or merchandise purchased during camp.

Are there partial scholarships? 
Yes. In recent years we have been able to award full (100%) and partial (50%) scholarships as well as honorable mention awards (25%). 

Who is eligible?
All prospective campers are invited to apply for one of our available scholarships.

Does this register me for camp?
No. You must still complete the registration form. If you have already completed registration and are awarded a scholarship, you will receive a reimbursement for your registration fee for the scholarship amount.

Will I get the week I want?
We will make every effort to register you for the session and courses you want, but unfortunately, space is limited and available spots fill quickly. If you are already registered for a specific session of camp, you will be able to stay in that session.

When are essays due?
All entries should be submitted by March 1.