Smartphone Overuse Awareness Scholarship 2019

The annual Smartphone Overuse Awareness Scholarship awards $1,000 to one deserving student who demonstrates insightfulness regarding our culture’s – and their own – reliance on smartphones for social interaction, entertainment, distraction, and more.

To apply, fill out the form on this page and submit an essay on the topic below.

The deadline to apply is December 15, 2019.

About the Smartphone Overuse Awareness Scholarship

Nearly all Americans (95%) now own a cell phone, according to the Pew Research Center. And 77% of Americans own a smartphone, up from 35% in 2011.

“We should recognize the value of smartphones in that they connect us instantly to information, entertainment, and each other,” said attorney Jim Parrish of the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC. “But we should also reflect on the way in which smartphones have permeated nearly every facet of our lives. We should ask ourselves if our overuse of smartphones is healthy for us as individuals and as a society.”

Parrish is interested in what young people have to say about this issue. “Smartphones have been ever-present for the entirety of many young people’s lives. Like previous generations, the next generation must find ways to forge healthy relationships with technology.”

Experts are studying our habitual use of smartphones, asking what effects smartphones are having on our relationships and how we can strike a better balance.

Eligibility for the Smartphone Overuse Awareness Scholarship

Applicants must meet these criteria to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • 3.0 GPA (must submit unofficial transcript with application);
  • Enrolled in or admitted to an accredited college or university;
  • Write and submit a 1,000-word essay on the topic below;
  • Use the form on this page to apply; and
  • Agree to the Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Answer This Essay Question

Please write at least 1,000 words on the following essay topic. Attach the essay in PDF format to the application form on this page.

  • What would life be like without your cell phone and how would you adjust?

How to Apply for the Scholarship

You must use the form on this page to apply. Applications submitted in any other manner will not be considered.

The deadline to apply for the Smartphone Overuse Awareness Scholarship is December 15, 2019.

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