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We are now accepting applications for the 2019 Underground Trojans Scholarship essay contest! Winner will be announced in June 2019.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

How Can I Apply?

Applicants are asked to prepare a 500 - 1000 word essay using the following writing prompt:

Activist work focusing on incarceration has followed two distinct, yet sometimes overlapping, philosophies: prison abolition and prison reform. Many people will argue that these philosophies overlap, but others will see them as opposed. For example: "A cage is a cage is a cage. We want strategies that let people out of cages, not ones that are for building nicer or better cages.."

Reflect on the approaches of prison abolition and prison reform--where might they overlap? What do you think we, as a society, should do with the 'cage,' and is building 'better cages' antithetical to letting people out of cages, or can these goals coexist?


Essay submissions at the top should include:

Your full name, age, phone number, address, and the name of the college you attend. By submitting an application, you give Underground Trojans express consent to confirm your admission and attendance by contacting the college.

To apply, send an email including the above information, your essay, and a copy of your unofficial transcript to with the subject line: Last Name, First Name - 2019 Underground Scholarship.

Who Can Apply?

Underground Trojans is seeking applications from justice-involved community college students (currently incarcerated, formerly incarcerated, system impacted, or any other term used to describe community college students with any sort of criminal record) who:

  • Are enrolled in post-secondary education in the upcoming semester

  • Age 18 and older

Your email must include the following:

  • Essay with above information
  • Copy of your unofficial transcripts

Note: if any of the requested information is inapplicable to you, please let us know with your submission.



By submitting an application to Underground Trojans you certify that all the information you have provided is accurate and complete. You agree to transfer all rights and ownership of your essay and all submitted information to Underground Trojans, whether or not you are selected as a winner. You also agree that your name, essay, and award amount may be used on our website, through announcements, or articles (i.e. social media, newsletter, etc.) issued by Underground Trojans. If you would like to remain anonymous whenever Underground Trojans publishes your essay you must request this in your initial submission.

The selection of winners is entirely at the discretion of Underground Trojans. Winners will be contacted via the email address that was used to submit the application.

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