Upgraded Points Scholarship Essay Contest #2

Upgraded Points is pleased to announce the launch of our scholarship essay contest. The selected essay winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The team at Upgraded Points is committed to supporting students in their educational path, and we look forward to contributing to the cause.

For the Spring semester, Upgraded Points will select and award one winner a $1,000 scholarship.


To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an accredited American 2- or 4-year university or college.


Any student who fits the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the Upgraded Points scholarship. To enter, students must submit a 500-700 word essay on the following topic:

  • Share an experience in which you traveled and found beauty in another culture.

Email your essay as an attachment in PDF or Word format, including your full name, school you will be attending, and contact information to [client email here].


The essay submission deadline is 12:00 a.m. EST December 1.


The Upgraded Points Scholarship Committee will review all essays received and choose 1 winner for the spring academic semester. Once the winner has been determined, we will announce the winner here on the Upgraded Points website on December 15. The scholarship committee will also notify the winner via email.


Scholarship funds awarded are to be used for tuition and books only. Once awarded, a check will be written to the recipient’s school of choice and credited for academic costs. The scholarship is non-renewable and is valid for 1 semester cycle. Recipients are only eligible to receive the scholarship once during their lifetime.


Any questions about the scholarship essay contest can be directed to mail@upgradedpoints.com.

For those students looking to start earning points, building credit (very important for the future!), or finding ways to easily book a trip (e.g. Google Flights which is free or the Costco Travel service), please feel free to look around the site. We’re constantly adding more resources to Upgraded Points and we always welcome feedback.

If you’re looking for some student credit card advice, you will probably want a credit card that has good potential for rewards while also having no annual fee.

One of our recommended cards in this category would be the Chase Freedom Unlimited credit card.

Once you have collected points and maybe don’t mind having to pay an annual fee, you can get the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Credit Card, which will allow you to utilize those earned points for travel rewards (you can combine the points earned from both Chase cards).

Lastly, you may want to consider other travel tools, such as the Global Entry program, which will give you expedited security access and make travel a little easier. This could be helpful for studying abroad as well!

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
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