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Virtual Academic Contests

  • High school seniors considering pursuing a degree at Gannon University are invited to participate in a virtual academic contest related to their anticipated field of study.  Gannon will award four-year awards, and participants can win between $500 - $3000 annually.

    Contest Guidelines

    • Students must be high school seniors at the time of the contest.
    • Students must enroll as full-time, undergraduates at Gannon University directly upon graduation from high school to have award money posted to their financial aid account.
    • Students must meet the full-time, regular admission requirements of the University.
    • Students must be applicants to Gannon University before January 15, 2023 to have any award money posted to their financial aid account.  
    • Students may compete in only one of the academic contests.
    • Students must demonstrate outstanding performance on the contest.
    • Dependents of Gannon University employees are not eligible for additional scholarships.

    Additional Information

    • All contests will take no more than one hour to complete.
    • The amount of award money awarded will be based on individual performance.
    • The awards are renewable annually, provided that recipients maintain a 3.0 grade point average at Gannon.

    Academic Contests are being offered in the following areas: Business, Engineering & Computing, Humanities, Education, Social Science, Health Professions and Sciences.

    Health Professions & Sciences Contest

    This contest is open to high school seniors considering pursuing a Health or Science degree at Gannon University.  Following a brief introduction, participants will individually compete in an online test that covers broad topics in biology and chemistry.

    The contest takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and start times occur at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm EDT.  Select the link below to register for the time slot that works best for you.

    Engineering & Computing Contest

    This contest is open to high school seniors considering pursuing an Engineering, Computing or Cyber degree at Gannon University.  Following a brief introduction, students will individually compete in a contest comprised of questions in the fields of Biomedical, Environmental, Industrial & Robotics and Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science, Cyber Engineering, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering and Software Engineering.  Contest distribution is based on your proposed field of study.

    Participants have 90 minutes from start of test to complete as many questions as possible.  Select the link below to register for a time slot that works best for you.

    Humanities, Education and Social Sciences Contest

    This contest is open to high school seniors considering pursuing degrees in the Humanities, Education or Social Sciences. Contest distribution is based on your proposed field of study.

    Participants have until November 28, 2022 at 4:30 pm EST to complete and submit a writing prompt. Select the link below, based on your program of interest, to register and submit your prompt.

    For students interested in: Advertising Communication, Digital Media Communication, English, Global Languages & Cultures, History, Journalism Communication, Legal Studies/Pre-Law, Political Science, Public Relations, Public Service & Global Affairs, Theatre & Communication Arts, Theology, Philosophy or Writing.

    Humanities Programs Essay Prompt

    For students interested in: Applied Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Mortuary Science, Psychology or Social Work.

    Social Science Programs Essay Prompt

    For students interested in: Elementary Education, Middle Level Education, Secondary Education or Special Education.

    Education Programs Essay Prompt

      Business Contest

      This contest is open to high school seniors considering pursuing a Business degree at Gannon University.  Following a brief introduction, participants will individually compete in a computerized business simulation where they will purchase supplies, create their product, set a price... and start selling!

      The contest takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and start times occur at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm EDT.  Select the link below to register for the time slot that works best for you.