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Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship

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1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
Oct 31, 2023
Winners Announced
Nov 21, 2023
Education Level
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Are you a devoted Harry Potter fan who has always dreamed of receiving a scholarship inspired by the enchanting world of Hogwarts? Well, this is your chance!

At, we understand the impact that Harry Potter has had on countless lives, igniting imaginations and instilling a love for magic and adventure. The "Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship" aims to recognize and support students who share an unwavering connection to the wizarding world and want to showcase their deep appreciation for Harry Potter.

Whether you envision yourself as a brave Gryffindor, a wise Ravenclaw, a loyal Hufflepuff, or an ambitious Slytherin, we invite you to share your personal journey of self-discovery and explain why you believe you would be sorted into your chosen house. Write a compelling 400-600 word essay exploring your strengths, values, and aspirations that align with the qualities of your desired Hogwarts house.

Students from all levels of education are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Apply today and let your magical journey begin!

Note: This scholarship is not endorsed by or affiliated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any entities associated with the Harry Potter franchise. It is an independent scholarship created by to celebrate the impact of the series on the lives of fans.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published July 3, 2023
Essay Topic

Which Hogwarts house would you be sorted in, and what makes you the perfect fit for that house?

400–600 words

Winning Application

Isabella George
Somonauk High SchoolLeland, IL
At Hogwarts, where magical destinies are decided and old hats are the ultimate judge, there’s a particular house that shimmers like a beacon of wisdom and intellect: Ravenclaw. Now, picture me, a student so dedicated to her studies that my textbooks have their own corner in my room. If I were a character in the world of Harry Potter, Ravenclaw would undoubtedly be my fated Hogwarts House (as proven by the Pottermore quiz I definitely did not take six times… I just wanted to double-check, you know?). It all began with my impeccable academic record, which, if it were a potion, would be the elixir of perfection. With a glittering 4.0 GPA (weighted, of course), I have mastered the art of balancing numerous Advanced Placement courses while maintaining a keen curiosity for subjects as diverse as the magical creatures in Care of Magical Creatures class. Naturally, the illustrious National Honor Society came knocking on my door, and I answered. As the secretary of NHS, I'm the responsible one – the Hermione Granger of the group, ensuring everything runs like clockwork, and procrastination is unheard of (mostly…). But wait, there’s more! In the bustling hallways of Hogwarts, I am not just another boring student. I proudly hold the prestigious title of Vice President in the Spanish Club, where my love for language and culture flourishes like a rare, magical flower. You see, I strongly believe that embracing different languages opens portals to new worlds, much like stepping through platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station. So don't be surprised if you catch me speaking Mermish to the underwater creatures in the lake, attempting to form sentences only Gobbledegook speakers can understand. Now, my writings might not be the stuff of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, but they're certainly Ravenclaw-like. Writing is my Patronus, my most powerful form of expression. As an aspiring writer and poet, I wield my quill like a wizard with a wand, conjuring stories that could rival the adventures of Harry and his friends. With my trusty pen, I go on daring quests, weaving tales of enchanted realms and diverse characters. In fact, I am preparing to undertake the ultimate writer’s challenge: National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where I shall attempt to craft 50,000 words of the current novel I'm writing in the span of a single moon (impressive sure, but just ignore me sobbing in the corner by the end of it!). In addition to my writing, I have taken on the noble responsibility of being an editor of the Yearbook Club, where I channel my creativity into immortalizing magical moments. Every photograph and caption is carefully crafted, ensuring that the memories of Hogwart's life are beautifully preserved within the pages of our yearbook. I've mastered the art of herding Kneazles – or rather, getting my classmates to submit their photos and interview responses on time. And don't even get me started on coordinating the senior quotes. It's like herding Blast-Ended Skrewts. So, why Ravenclaw, you ask? It’s simple – my insatiable hunger for knowledge, my flair for linguistics, my passion for writing, and my commitment to preserving the magical moments of Hogwarts align seamlessly with the values of Ravenclaw. I am not just a student; I am a Ravenclaw, where wit, wisdom, intellect, creativity, and a sprinkle of perfection (as I so like to brag) come together to create a truly magical experience. And as I step into the Ravenclaw common room, I can’t help but feel like I’ve finally come home, where my Hogwarts journey truly begins. Accio knowledge, here I come!


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Oct 31, 2023. Winners will be announced on Nov 21, 2023.

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