We are happy to announce the winner! Our 2019 scholarship goes to Isabella Brewer from Rutgers University New-Brunswick.

Her essay demonstrated fine style, creativity, and precision – qualities essential for both writing and photography (which can be interpreted as the art of writing with light).

The best of the rest 19 essays we received were:

2. Hayden Cole
3.-4. Tim Verghese
3.-4. Abby Rose
5. Amy Poehner

Congratulations Isabella and thanks for everyone who participated! Keep an eye on the IQphoto page for the 2020 scholarship announcement.


Wedding Photography by IQphoto is run by Joseph Kohn, an award-winning San Francisco wedding photographer, focusing on SF City Hall weddings.

At IQphoto, we know just how important a quality education can be in getting a foot up in the industry. Additionally, we recognize every dollar counts toward achieving the ultimate goal…a degree. With that in mind, IQphoto is proud to offer a $500 scholarship program to students attending a US accredited college or university.

The $500 scholarship is being offered for a college or university student who can demonstrate a flair for writing.

Most employment opportunities require a variety of writing types, even those not specifically designated as communications positions. Excellent writing skills present a professional, polished appearance, granting job seekers and employees an edge over the competition.

Students shouldn’t assume that just because they’re going into a field not designated as communication, the writing is not important. On the contrary, with the abundance of emails, notes, letters, texts, tweets, and Facebook status updates in the workplace today, an increasing amount of time in any profession is spent writing.

Whether you’re responding to an email, drafting a plan of action to a boss, or writing a status update for the company’s Facebook page, writing skills can boost you and your company’s image, making a huge difference in how you appear to others.

With this in mind, applicants for this scholarship should submit a 1,000-word essay on the importance of quality writing using personal anecdotes or a story. Many times a message may not come across the way it was supposed to due to grammar errors, or a project may have been submitted without the proper proofreading. What was the outcome? What did you learn? Or, what did the mistake make you think or feel about the person who did it?


  • You must have been accepted into an accredited college or university. Technical colleges are acceptable as well.
  • Currently display a 3.0 GPA. If you’re a GAP student applying to college after a year off, your last GPA in school must have been at least a 3.0.
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Any class student may apply: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors. Additionally, those seeking a scholarship for their Master’s degree may apply as well.


  • Submit an essay not to exceed 1000 words to scholarships@iqphoto.com in either .doc or .pdf format
  • We encourage creativity, with liberal use of language, however, the essay should contain no vulgarity or profanity.
  • Your essay should showcase your use of the English language, excellent grammar and a thorough understanding of the topic.
  • Once submitted, the entries cannot be returned or edited.


  • All entries must be received by midnight ET on December 31st, 2019
  • The winner will be announced no later than January 31st, 2020
  • The winner will need to provide proof of acceptance into the school of choice and proof of high school diploma.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If the winner does not reply within 14 days, a new winner will be selected.
  • Any questions should be submitted to scholarships@iqphoto.com


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