2023-2024 Brown Bag Marketing scholarship
(Now closed)

$1,000 Awarded in December 2023 to Winners writing an essay about “Taking the Hill Together!”

At Brown Bag Marketing, a full-service digital marketing agency in Atlanta, Georgia, we excel by seeing possibilities and potential at every turn – and that includes nurturing our team of future leaders. We are grateful to the 650+ participants who shared their stories with us! Thank you!

Brown Bag Marketing Recognizes the Importance of Investing in our Community

This future-focused mission is the driving force behind our desire to provide opportunities and advancements for current students and soon-to-be business professionals, tradespeople, educators, politicians and leaders. For this reason, we are proud to sponsor a privately-funded scholarship program to give a smart, creative and talented college student a helping hand.

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the Brown Bag Scholarship for 2023: Ms. Parisa Sharif!

Every year we award a $1000 scholarship to a student in higher education to use toward educational expenses. (Hey – we remember what college was like – every penny helps!)
Each year we choose one of our company values and ask applicants to reflect on ways they experience its analog in their lives. This year, our selected value was “Take the Hill Together.” The idea: Every challenge – no matter how daunting – is easier when you tackle it alongside people you trust and value.
Few folks exemplify that quality more than this year’s winner, Parisa Sharif. A student at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Ms. Sharif penned a moving essay about her singular work with a younger classmate. From their shared experience as children of first-generation immigrants, their friendship grew to encompass a shared purpose in mentoring middle school students from displaced international families.
Congratulations, Parisa! Best of luck in your studies – we’re rooting for you!


Kylie Alonso

2020 scholarship winner

Kylie Alonso is a sophomore business marketing student at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. Transitioning from athlete to entrepreneur, Kylie created an adventure apparel brand, Seek Supply Company, with 2 friends after her freshman year of college. She plans on pursuing her passion for Digital Marketing and Graphic Design, and hopes to do lots of traveling after she graduates.

Keon Thompson

2022 scholarship winner

Keon Thompson is a first-year student at Utah Valley University and accepted our challenge to tell us about his favorite place to be creative. Keon’s video submission shared how his part-time job (and a love of cookies) provides the space he needs to focus, learn from others, and focus on creating new ideas.


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Additional Contest Guidelines:

Eligibility: All students who are currently enrolled in an accredited community college, undergraduate, or graduate program in the United States are welcome to apply. Instructions: To enter our scholarship competition, please submit your essay in PDF format to scholarship@brownbagmarketing.com along with your name, phone number, educational program and anticipated graduation date. Selection process: Our judges will examine all entries received by the deadline.

Additional contest guidelines are below:

  1. Answer the question. Submissions that don’t answer the question will be disqualified.
  2. Be transparent about your use of AI. When submitting your work, make sure to disclose that you used AI to generate content, and provide the prompts you used to generate that content. This ensures that your work is ethical and honest.
  3. Use AI to generate ideas and inspiration, not as a replacement for your own writing. AI should not be used to generate entire essays or papers without your own input.
  4. Carefully consider your prompt and the goals of your writing assignment. Generate prompts that are specific and targeted, which will result in more relevant and useful content.
  5. Use a variety of prompts to ensure that you are exploring different perspectives and ideas. This will help you generate more well-rounded and nuanced content.
  6. Remember that AI-generated content is not a substitute for your own critical thinking and analysis. Use AI as a tool to help you generate ideas and inspiration, but make sure to carefully evaluate and edit the content generated by the AI to ensure that it meets the requirements of your writing assignment.
  7. Cite any sources and citations used, including the AI prompts. This ensures that your work is well-researched, accurate, and supported by credible sources.
  8. Use paragraphs and white space to separate your ideas.
  9. Come close to the word count requirement. Essays with a count of 50 words below or above the requirement will be disqualified.
  10. Use a tool like Grammarly to check your work. Free versions are often available.
  11. Read your essay out loud. If it sounds good to you, it will sound good to the judges.
  12. Submit your essay as a PDF document. Other formats will be disqualified.

A winner will be selected up to 6 weeks after the submission deadline and will be notified via email and phone call. One winner will be awarded the scholarship amount, and notable entries may also be published on our website. Payments are made directly to your educational institution.