Future of Privacy Scholarship


Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 1
Award Deadline: Sep 15, 2022

The Future of Privacy Scholarship, an annual essay contest hosted by VPN provider ExpressVPN, is open for entries. Find out how you can win $5,000.

How to enter

To enter the scholarship competition, write an essay answering the 2022 ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship prompt below:

If you were writing the rules for the metaverse, how would you ensure it were free, open, and safe?

Your essay should be 600 to 800 words long. Submit your essay by September 15, 2022.

Awards and selection process

Scholarship award amount

The winner of the 2022 scholarship will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a one-year ExpressVPN subscription.

ExpressVPN also selects five runners-up, who will also receive a one-year ExpressVPN subscription.

Selection process

Essays will be graded on the completeness and clarity of their theses and arguments. While we encourage writing with personality and style, please note that this is not a creative writing exercise. Responses must take a clear position on the prompt to be considered.

Why enter?

You could win 5,000 USD.

The winner will be featured on multiple communications platforms. This is a great résumé-builder for a career in journalism, law, computer science, or any relevant field of study.

This is an opportunity to become a leading voice in the growing debate over encryption, digital rights, internet privacy, and the fight against censorship.

Eligibility and Subsmission Rules:

A) Essays must be written in English.

B) Applicants must be currently enrolled in either a high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school, which can be located anywhere in the world.

C) There is no age or citizenship requirement.

D) One entry per student. Multiple entries per student will be disregarded.

E) Essays must be submitted online by September 15, 2022, no later than 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time (U.S.).

F) The winner will be announced by the end of October 2022. The prize will be awarded by international wire transfer. The winner will be required to provide his/her bank information in order to complete the bank transfer.

G) The winner must submit a valid ID and proof of enrollment in a high school, undergraduate school, or graduate school.

H) Employees of ExpressVPN and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest.

I) All entries become the property of ExpressVPN. The contest winner agrees to allow ExpressVPN to publish or print his/her name and essay.

J) Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.

K) The prize is listed and paid in United States dollars (USD).

L) The decision of ExpressVPN in respect of any dispute arising out of this program shall be final.

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