Atlas Shrugged Scholarship – $10,000

By Lauren Sharkey

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.” -Atlas Shrugged

The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors scholarships that offer 600 prizes and $100,000 in prize money every year. Considered to be one of the most intellectually challenging books of our time, the focus of this year’s scholarship is Rand’s magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged”. Applicants must choose one of three topics for a 800-1,600 word essay and can win up to $10,000 as a grand prize.

  1. Atlas Shrugged contains both businessmen who are heroes, such as Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart, and businessmen who are villains, such as Orren Boyle and James Taggart. What are the differences between these types of businessmen? Is the story a celebration of business? How does this issue relate to the wider themes in the novel?
  2. Hank Rearden says that the killer tenet which destroys a man is the soul-body dichotomy—that this wrong idea has been the source of his life’s pain. What do you think this dichotomy is? How has it wreaked havoc in Hank’s life?
  3. What is the meaning of money to Francisco? To James Taggart?

The application deadline is September 17. To apply, please visit the following website:

*Please note that this scholarship is not affiliated with Stony Brook University or the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. Any questions or correspondence regarding this scholarship should be sent to

2 responses to “Atlas Shrugged Scholarship – $10,000

    • It’s a little long for my taste but definitely on my list of books to read before I die! Maybe one summer I’ll manage to get through it all! Definitely apply 🙂

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