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Npg Scholarship Essay Contest


Each year, NPG offers a variety of Scholarship Contests for students across the country.  Contestants are invited to answer a population-related challenge, with their own experience and insight guiding their ideas for a solution.  Contests are open to high school seniors, as well as currently-enrolled college undergraduates.  Winners will receive a designated scholarship amount, paid towards undergraduate tuition at the accredited college or university they attend.

Thanks to the generous support of NPG members and various foundations, we are able to provide this annual program to support the education of America’s next generation of leaders.  As we continue our mission to inform U.S. citizens and legislators regarding the damaging consequences of population growth, it is vital that we engage our nation’s youngest citizens.  It is their future quality of life which is at stake!

Be sure to check back for the details each year on our Scholarship Contest, which should be posted at the beginning of each year!

NPG is pleased to offer these challenging events as part of our mission to enlist a new generation of activists, who will be focused on reversing the dangers of population growth.  We regularly receive positive feedback from students entering our scholarship contests.  Recently, a student sent the following message to NPG:

“I would like to sincerely thank Negative Population Growth for not only assisting me in being able to afford school, but for the opportunity to work with your organization. It is an absolute honor to have been chosen as a winner, and I feel that I have truthfully connected with NPG and its mission.  Besides being thankful for the opportunity and financial help, my Grandma is a supporter of NPG and it brought her to tears when I told her I had won. I would like to thank you for allowing me to make my family proud.”

Matthew Janz
2016 Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest
NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship

“Wow, what an amazing cause.  I’ve thought of how population negatively affects an environment throughout my whole life, but always thought that no one would necessarily agree with me.  But the fact that there’s an organization with over 25,000 people working for negative population growth with a scholarship to boot astounds me in a positive way.  Thank you so much for this opportunity.”

Annonymous Student

NPG sends our thanks to all of our members and friends who have so generously contributed – as well as our appreciation for the tens of thousands of students who have competed in our contests.  It is your support and participation that help make this critical program possible!


Winners of the 2017 Essay Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the text of the winning essay.  Click here to read the topic for the 2017 Essay Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Joseph Wagner

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

NPG's Edith E. May
Memorial Scholarship
Caitlin StockBrigham Young University
Provo, UT
$1,000Grant KleimanSouthwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, MN

Click here for previous years’ Essay Scholarship winners

Winners of the 2017 Photo Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the text of the winning ad.  Click here to read the topic for the 2017 Photo Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool

First Place

Mikayla Seaman

University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO


Jacob Pettis

California State Polytechnic University
Pomona, CA

NPG's Robert H. Savage
Memorial Scholarship
Lucas Ensign University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

Click here for previous years’ Photo Scholarship winners

Winners of the 2016 Written Advertisement Scholarship Contest

Click on each name to view the text of the winning ad.  Click here to read the topic for the 2016 Written Advertisement Contest.

AwardWinner NameSchool


Dustin Soutendijk

North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


Samantha Burkhart

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

$1,000Joseph AyersBoise State University
Boise, ID
NPG’s Edith E. May Memorial Scholarship
Matthew JanzNevada State College
Henderson, NV
$1,000Madison PurdyUniversity of Colorado
Boulder, CO

Winners of the 2012 Video Scholarship Contest

AwardWinner NameSchool


Jackson Kitchell

DeSales University
Center Valley, PA

$1,000Carly DaSilvaThe College Of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
$1,000Katy MartinUniversity of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI
$1,000Ryan McCluneyUniversity of North Carolina
Wilmington, NC
$1,000Forrest Anderson MaresNorthwestern College
St. Paul, MN
$1,000Anna WinslowCornell University
Ithaca, NY

Winners of the 2012 Poster Scholarship Contest

AwardWinner NameSchool


Angela McCauley

Albemarle High School
Charlottesville, VA

$1,000Katherine BartlettNew Hanover High School
Wilmington, NC
$1,000Chiara Ferrari-WongBergen County Academies
Hackensack, NJ
$1,000Devin McNultyMount Saint Joseph Academy
Flourtown, PA
$1,000Gabriela PabonDillard Center for the Arts
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Click here for previous years’ Poster Scholarship winners


There is no remedy that can possibly avert disastrous Climate Change and Global Warming unless we first address the problem of world population size and growth, and its impact on the size of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.That means that we need to address the population size and growth of each nation, which together make up the world total.

World population, now over 7.3 billion, is predicted to rise to 9 billion by 2050, an increase of almost two billion, or 23%, in the short space of only 34 years from now.In the highly unlikely event that per capita greenhouse gas emissions could possibly be decreased by an equal percentage in such a short space of time (a blink of an eye) the total amount of worldwide emission would remain the same!

From this simple illustration it would appear that without drastically reducing the size of world population, there is no solution to the problem.None at all.So then why do our world leaders pretend that there is one?What is to be gained by pretending rather than by proposing a solution that would solve the problem – a reduction in the size of world population to not more than 1- 2 billion?

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