$2,000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship

The $2000 PixelPlex Bi-Annual STEM Scholarship was established to help support and inspire students to pursue further education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as economics and business. One student will be chosen from the applicant pool and will be awarded based on the strength of their written essay. The selected student will receive 2,000 USD to help cover education-related expenses.

The scholarship will be awarded to the qualified candidate who writes the most compelling essay on one of the prompts below.

  • Blockchain
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet of Things
  • Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

Choose an industry or sector where the application of the technology of your choice might be uncommon, in your opinion, and describe which existing problems will be solved as a result.

How to Apply

To be considered for the scholarship award, you must complete the following steps

  • Send an email to scholarship@pixelplex.io with “PixelPlex Scholarship Award: Your Name” in the subject field.
  • In your submission email, write a short paragraph or two about yourself and why you chose the topic.
  • Attach your essay as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to the email. The length of the essay should be a minimum of 1200 words (there is no maximum word limit) and include an introduction and conclusion. The essay should be original text and not published anywhere.
  • In your submission email you must also provide the following information: your full name (and parent or guardian name if you are under 18), date of birth, college or university you are attending or plan to attend, your average GPA, expected year of graduation, your field of study, phone number, email address, copy of your school ID (if available) or other proof of attendance/acceptance from a college or university in the United States.

The essay should include an introduction, main body, and conclusion.

The introduction should give a general idea of what will be described further. There is no need to provide detailed information on the way the chosen technology works.

The main body should be dedicated to defining the industry’s existing challenges first, then introducing solutions to the problems based on the chosen technology (would be nice to describe at least 3 industry’s challenges and 3 applications of a chosen technology as a solution respectively). Challenges should be backed up by statistics and real facts, not just personal thoughts and experience. Examples of already existing applications would be appreciated. Giving links to credible sources, providing useful statistics in the form of graphs and tables is welcomed.

The conclusion on a chosen technology’s potential summarizes the main points of the essay and formulates the final thought or solution.

The essay needs to be logically structured and can be broken down into sections. The length of the essay should be a minimum of 1200 words.


The next deadline to apply is December 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST.

The winner will be selected and announced at pixelplex.io/scholarship within 31 calendar days after the deadline and will be notified by email. A check for $2,000.00 will be mailed to the winner’s residency, or the sum will be transferred by wire transfer.

The application process ends in:


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States;
  • At the date of the award, you must be enrolled (or accepted with plans to attend) in a college or university in the United States;
  • Your field of study is related to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), economics, or business.

Additional Details:

  • This is a non-needs based scholarship;
  • There is no application fee for this scholarship;
  • One submission per applicant only: multiple submissions will be disregarded;
  • Employees of PixelPlex or any of their immediate family members are not eligible to participate;
  • The prize will be paid out in US dollars;
  • The winner will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

Past Contests and Winners

June 30th, 2021

The Spring - Summer 2021 essay competition has come to a close. Thank you for your submitted works! We were very impressed. Let's congratulate Andrew Timmins, a graduate student at the University of Michigan. His compelling writing has earned him our scholarship reward. Take a look at his essay to draw some inspiration for our upcoming Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 essay contest.

Andrew Timmins

University of Michigan

  • Field of Study:Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Expected Year of Graduation:2022
  • Chosen Prompt: The effect of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things on renewable energy adoption and the challenges these technologies can help solve.
  • Essay Title:The Effect of Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, and the Internet of Things on Renewable Energy Adoption.

Essay Excerpt

"In order to make demand-side response a real solution, a grid operator must be able to directly or indirectly communicate with millions of devices, protect against mismanagement from within, and protect against cyberattacks from outside. As a result, demand-side response can benefit mightily from the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and blockchain technologies."

Andrew’s advice for contestants

January 6th, 2021

Just as it was a challenge for you, it was a great challenge for us to choose the winner of our Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 contest. We thank all of the participants for sending their works and sharing great ideas on how technology shapes the world around us! Rebecca Burns, a physics major from Mount Holyoke College and an avid foreign language learner, showed her creative approach to discovering the ways augmented reality can influence language acquisition. We’d like to congratulate her and hope that her quest inspires future participants in our upcoming Spring - Summer 2021 essay competition!

Rebecca Burns

Mount Holyoke College

  • Field of Study:Physics Major / Russian Language Minor
  • Expected Year of Graduation:2022
  • Chosen Prompt: The effect of augmented reality software on language learning and challenges the technology can help solve.
  • Essay Title:Augmented Reality and Language Acquisition in the Twenty-First Century.

Essay Excerpt

"The application of augmented reality has possibilities beyond vocabulary acquisition. An important part of language learning that is lacking in many traditional computer- or smartphone-based language-learning software is interaction. A somewhat advanced augmented reality software could potentially mimic conversational patterns by processing images of surrounding areas and determine a list of common phrases associated with the setting. For example, if the software recognized a location as an airport, a menu could appear that specified phrases in the target language, with the option to translate the specific word or words."

Rebecca's Words of Wisdom for Future Participants

July 6th, 2020

As always, it was not easy, yet we have chosen the winner of our Spring - Summer 2020 Scholarship contest. Victoria Tholkes, a Biochemistry and Spanish student with aspirations to become an epidemiologist or disease researcher has impressed us with her thoughtful writing. Let’s congratulate her on this achievement!

We express genuine gratitude and appreciation to all the participants and wish the best of luck to those who are yet to test their abilities in our upcoming Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 contest!

Victoria Tholkes

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Field of Study:Biochemistry and Spanish
  • Expected Year of Graduation:2023
  • Chosen Prompt: How blockchain technology will revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry, the problems and challenges it will have solved in the next 3-5 years.
  • Essay Title:How Blockchain Technology can Cure the Ailing Pharmaceutical Industry.

Essay Excerpt

"Once a vaccine for a disease is discovered, it must jump through multiple hoops designed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other governmental organizations to be sold and administered to the waiting populace. Blockchain technology can simplify the process of approval for the FDA by creating transparency in the process of designing and testing a vaccine. This can aid with international drug exchanges and support the global community when there is a pandemic or other global health crisis."

Victoria's Words of Advice for Writing Your Best Essay

January 21st, 2020

Here comes our Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 Scholarship contest winner, Daniel Lacasse, a Graphic Design student at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

This time around it didn’t get easier to pick just one outstanding essay out of the hundreds of submissions from such talented students, each with a unique academic background. We express genuine gratitude and appreciation to all the participants and wish the best of luck to those who are yet to try their hand in our upcoming Spring - Summer 2020 contest!

Daniel Lacasse

University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Field of Study:Graphic Design
  • Expected Year of Graduation:2024
  • Chosen Prompt: Describe which blockchain use cases, in your opinion, will be emerging in the future, and what effect they will have on our lives, economy, and the world.
  • Essay Title:Why BlockChain is the Future of our Society.

Essay Excerpt

"The transformation of the world as we know it could be revolutionized with the single implementation of an ingenious idea, blockchain. It’s wildly effective core composed of simple components allow for versatile approaches to solving modern problems featured in a copious amount of industries. If effectively employed, the implementation of blockchain technology within a variety of industries will pave the way for the future of innovation."

Daniel’s Advice to Future Participants

August 31st, 2019

The winner of our Spring-Summer 2019 Scholarship contest is Siddhant Iyer who studies Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Thank you, everyone, who participated in the contest! It was really tough to choose the best essay as our scholarship committee went through hundreds of outstanding works. Please see the winner information below and don’t forget to participate in our new Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 contest!

Siddhant Iyer

University of Massachusetts Lowell

  • Field of Study:Polymer/Plastics Engineering
  • Expected Year of Graduation:2020
  • Chosen Prompt:How artificial intelligence will advance five years from now and what impact it will have on our lives.

Essay Excerpt

"Artificial Intelligence (AI) has transformed the computing infrastructure in the 21st century in an effort to build machines that are capable of mimicking human-like behavior relying primarily on rationality, logic and the additional emotional component of decision-making. In a tech-driven era, where innovation is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, one could only imagine what the future beholds, especially considering the swarm of large companies and start-ups that implement AI in multiple segments of their businesses."

Message From Prior Scholarship Winner

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About PixelPlex

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We combine backgrounds in blockchain, artificial intelligence, big data, cybersecurity, and cloud development with cutting-edge web and mobile technologies to create groundbreaking solutions that are used by millions of people around the world.


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