The Barry Deen Textbook Scholarship

Books & knowledge are the #1 contributors to my success. I was lucky enough to have access to books, but sadly not every student is as lucky.

In fact, textbook costs have risen over 1,000% since 1977, which has left many students deciding between debt and education.

That is why I created The Barry Deen Textbook Scholarship, to help deserving students pay for their textbook costs. I always recommend books to everyone I meet.

There are zero fees, zero need to provide any sensitive data (other than name and email) to apply for this scholarship. Avoiding scholarship scams is important, read more about that here.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Student must be enrolled in a post-secondary program;
  • Out of Pocket Textbooks are required in order to complete your credits;
  • School must be based in The United States or Canada; and
  • Student must have a student loan balance outstanding.

Scholarship Amount:

Each year, on the 1st of January, the winning applicant will receive up to $1,000.00 (USD) for textbook expenses. A quote from your school outlining the textbooks and costs will be required, and the check will be made out directly to the textbook(s) vendor.

Selection Process:

Each application will require a short written essay. The winning essay will be selected based on:

  • Compelling Arguments
  • Persuasiveness
  • Creativity
  • Broadness of Thought
  • Historic References
  • Uniqueness

Applications for 2018 Scholarship

Deadline: December 1st, 2017.

Essay Topic: What impact has trust had on human culture? 1,000 words maximum.

Remember, there will be hundreds of students applying. Try to be as creative and unique as possible.

Please also include a brief summary of your financial situation (loans outstanding, income, other scholarships/grants – do not include: account numbers or any personally identifiable information.)

Please send a PDF of your essay and financial summary to [email protected].

Advanced Placement (AP) Textbooks:

If you are a high school student looking to purchase the AP US History Textbook, the AP World History Textbook or the AP Biology Textbook, you may also be eligible for the scholarship. Please send your essay into [email protected]

GRE Study Books

If you are looking to apply to graduate school and are looking for GRE Prep Books, you may also qualify for this scholarship.