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If you are a high school senior in the U.S., take some time to think about why you are in this world. Create a vision for yourself and the world you want to create. Earn scholarship money for it!

In 1997, a philanthropist named John Templeton published a book called Discovering the Laws of Life. In that book, he gathered together the advice offered by the major religious scriptures of the world, various schools of philosophical thought, storytellers, scientists, artists, and historians regarding one crucial question: “What does it mean to live a good life?” To this day, that text remains a wonderful source of inspiration to people around the world, and this year, which marks the centenary of John Templeton’s birth, the publishing company that bears his name is releasing a revised commemorative edition of that book entitled The Essential Worldwide Laws of Life.

To mark the occasion, Templeton Press has also established this scholarship contest. Having a purpose, a calling, a sense of why one was placed on this earth was one of Templeton’s original laws of life. To be a happy and successful person, one must have a purpose.

Entrants must be high-school seniors graduating with either the class of 2012 or 2013 and planning to be enrolled part- or full-time in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college,  university, or trade school in the United States or its territories. Winnings will be paid through the financial aid offices of the winners’ respective institutions. In order to receive your winnings you will need to be enrolled somewhere no later than the start of the Fall semester of 2013.

All you have to do is create a written or video response to a prompt on the website listed below. Pretty simple!


  • First prize receives a $5,000 scholarship and a session with a professional purpose coach
  • Second prize receives a $3,000 scholarship
  • Third prize receives a $1,000 scholarship

The deadline has been extended. The new deadline is 11:59 pm EST on December 31, 2012. All entries must be received by that time.

For more information visit http://www.lawsoflifecontest.com/

Good luck!

Chantel-LaVonne / The Muse