Sandpiper Supply’s Scholarship Essay Contest


Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Scholarship Award.  Please see below for criteria and how to enter.


Congratulations to the 2018 winners of Sandpiper Supply’s “What Makes Savannah Home” Scholarship!

Our Grand Prize $1000 Winner –                Andrew Benson from Savannah Christian

Our Second Place $500 Winner –               Malcolm Jackson from South Effingham High School

Our Third Place $250 Winner –                   Catherine Laster from Savannah Arts Academy

A very special Thanks to Buy Local Savannah who donated $500 to enable us to give five $100 Honorable Mentions to

Natreece Brooks, Rose Moss, Lorin Alderman, Kayla Stone, De’Jovia Davis

Each and every essay that was submitted was a joy to read.  Seeing the love and passion that these students have for Savannah brings a renewed sense of pride and hope for our city.  The entrants spoke about the history, the architecture, the family ties and the diverse ecology of the Lowcountry.  Each and every one of our entrants has a bright future ahead of them and we wish them the best in all of their endeavors.

The winning essay by Andrew Benson can be read here:  Sandpiper 1st essay

We were overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response from our participants and are planning to award scholarships again next year.  Please check back for more details on entering.


The Essay Topic

To participate in the contest, applicants are to write an essay on the following topic:

What makes Savannah home?


How to Apply

The contest is open to all persons who are currently a Senior in good standing at any high school in the Chatham, Bryan or Effingham counties of Georgia during the 2018 – 2019 academic year. The essay must be at least two pages, not more than three pages.  People who wish to participate must send their MLA format essay as an email attachment to by May 1, 2019. In the body of the email, applicants must include the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • If you are under 18, contact information for your parent or guardian
  • The name of the school you are currently attending as well as the name of the school you are planning to attend and the course of study
  • The best way to contact you

Entries may also be mailed to the corporate address with a cover letter containing the information required above.

Once the application period has ended, our staff will review the essays and choose a winner by July 30, 2018. Winners will be chosen by a panel of independent judges.






Detailed Rules –


Format and Content –

Essay title will be “What Makes Savannah Home”

Format will be Times New Roman, 12 point, MLA format.  No less than 2 pages, no more than 3 pages.  Submitted entry must be writer’s original work.  Only 1 entry per year.  Entry is due by 11:59pm on the due date.  Entries postmarked after this deadline will not be considered.

Entry and Eligibility –

Entries may be submitted via email to or mailed to the corporate address.  Faxed entries or entries submitted to other email addresses will not be accepted.  All entries become the property of Sandpiper Supply, Inc. Winning and finalist essays may be published by Sandpiper, Supply, Inc.

The contest is open to all persons who are currently a Senior in good standing at any high school in the Chatham, Bryan or Effingham counties of Georgia.  No relatives of individuals working for Sandpiper Supply, Inc, its leadership or contest judges are eligible to submit entries for this contest.

Finalists may be required to submit proof of graduation and intent to attend college, university, vocational or technical school.

Judging Process –

All submissions will go through an initial screening process.  All eligible submissions will be reviewed by Sandpiper Supply, Inc. and finalists will be chosen.  Finalists from this process will then be given to a panel of independent judges who will judge the essay on its original content.  Winners will be determined by a majority vote from judges.


For additional information, contact Christy Ellis at 912-236-3351.