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At LA Tutors 123, we believe that it’s more than just the grades that make a great well-rounded student. Each one of you is creative in his or her own way: some of you blog; others curate documentary photography on Instagram; still others find imaginative ways to solve problems in their public and private lives. Creativity is the air each one of us breathes, but sometimes we get so concerned with grades that we forget that imagination is our natural problem solver.

One way to showcase your creativity is to innovate either by solving a problem, by designing something that helps others solve problems, or by enhancing our relationship with whatever matters to us. Innovation is what brings our technical skills and our hopes together in unique ways.

It also provides opportunities for gaining real-working experience in a chosen field, and gives students the chance to connect with professionals outside their circle who might be able to help students get into their top choice program. In the end, innovation makes people look at the bigger picture, which is the best preparation for college, graduate programs, and more.

We at LA Tutors are passionate about sparking the creative genius in students and would love to commend those outstanding students who have a made a difference in the lives of others in some innovative or technological fashion. In order to achieve this, we have established a scholarship for students who meet certain criteria.



Must currently be enrolled as a high school, college/university, or graduate student.


Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (or the equivalent).


Must be a citizen of, permanent resident of, or hold an active F1 I-20 or active J1 DS -2019 in the United States or Canada on the date of scholarship selection (25th of each month).


Must have designed an innovative project that makes a difference in the lives of others (This could be a website, series of blogs, an app, fundraising event, etc.)


Must submit an essay describing the goal of the particular project and provide supporting documentation. There is no minimum or maximum word/page count.


The essay, idea, or creation must be the applicant’s original work.


All submissions must be uploaded no later than 11:59 pm PST on the 20th of each month. The submission window closes starting the 21st and will reopen on the 1st at 8:00 a.m. Students are welcome to reapply each month. Previous winners are not eligible to reapply.


Scholarship winners will be contacted via email and must respond within five(5) days of the date of the email to accept the award. If no response is received within this time, another recipient will be selected. Students who have not been chosen will not be contacted.


  • Upload an essay, letter of recommendation, and photo of yourself before submitting the application by clicking the Select files buttons and uploading each file individually. All of the following documents must be included:

    • Essay - The essay should describe the goal of the particular project and provide the link to access the content such as the blog, app, etc. (if applicable). Word or PDF format only.
    • Letter of Recommendation - The letter should preferably be from someone who oversaw your project or can speak to the quality of your work on your project. Letters of recommendation of any type are accepted. Word or PDF format only.
    • Your Photo - The photo should be one taken during project execution. JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF format only. Maximum file size 2MB
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    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 80 MB, Max. files: 1.
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      Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 80 MB, Max. files: 1.
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        Accepted file types: jpg, png, gif, tif, tiff, jpeg, Max. file size: 80 MB, Max. files: 1.


        View Past Winners



        The winning project will be judged on the basis of its creativity, innovation, and user experience. Some of the questions that will guide judges’ selection are the following: Does the project solve a problem, and if so, how persuasively does the applicant present his or her point of view? Does the project aim for originality, or does it repeat what’s already available?

        After the 20th of each month, all entries will be reviewed by the panel of three judges.


        The applicant of the winning project will receive a one-time scholarship of $500, which may be applied to the following school-related expenses: tuition, fees, books, and on-campus room and board. The scholarship winner will be contacted via email at the address provided and must respond within five(5) days to receive the award. Scholarship funds are provided by LA TUTORS 123 and will be paid via mail to the winning applicant.

        Submission of Materials

        All entries must be entered using the official LA TUTORS 123 Innovation Scholarship submission form, which can be accessed above. No other forms of submission will be accepted. All essays must be written in English, and poorly composed submissions will be disqualified. Submissions must be uploaded in either a Microsoft Word or PDF format. Personal information submitted will be used solely for the purpose of awarding the scholarship and to announce the winner on the LA TUTORS 123 website. LA TUTORS 123 reserves the right to publish content from the submitted essays themselves.


        Current LA TUTORS 123 employees or their immediate family members are not eligible to apply. Please read additional criteria listed above.


        LA TUTORS 123 does not use the information provided in the scholarship application to create listings. If the winner fails to contact LA TUTORS 123 within five(5) days of receiving the initial award email or fails to follow all submission and criteria rules, LA TUTORS 123 reserves the right to award the scholarship to the second place finalist. LA TUTORS 123 also reserves the right to feature the pictures of all winners with their school affiliations.