About the Green Is The New Blue Environmental Essay Scholarship Award

The College Preparatory Invitational and Green Is the New Blue aims to inspire young equestrians to take action and promote a healthy relationship with our planet. CPI and Green Is the New Blue has developed the Green Is The New Blue Environmental Essay Scholarship Award designed to inspire new ideas, raise key concerns, and call to action the equestrian community. In an effort to share the brilliant ideas of young environmentalists, material submitted for scholarship consideration may be used as content on the Green Is the New Blue website with credit to the author.


  1. Be a registered participant of the College Preparatory Invitational Horse Show.
  2. Academic Baseline: Have a GPA of 3.0 and submit an academic transcript.


At each CPI event, the winner of the Green Is the New Blue Environmental Essay Scholarship Award will receive a $1,500 scholarship. The award will be paid directly to a college or university upon enrollment. A written request from the award winner must be made for payment to the designated school.

In addition to the scholarship, the accolades received will be beneficial throughout the college application process.

Entry Deadline

The entry deadline for the Green Is The New Blue Environmental Essay Scholarship Award is as follows:

2021 CPI New Jersey Participants: August 31, 2021

Essay Topics

Students may choose to respond to any of the following prompts in 600 words or less. To encourage new ideas and diverse thinking, students are not limited to these prompts and may develop their own environmental essay. 

  1. Where do you see the potential for positive environmental change in your daily life as an equestrian? How do you plan to implement this change? This may be your farm, trails, horse shows, etc. Be specific and make sure to identify the environmental topic you are addressing, including but not limited to climate change, waste management, energy, pollution, natural disasters, biodiversity, habitat disturbance, and farm planning, etc.
  2. How have you served as an environmental steward in the equine community? Environmental stewardship refers to the advocacy of responsible consumption, protection of natural resources, and implementation of sustainable practices. Describe your experience as a role model encouraging other equestrians to be mindful of actions and their environmental impact. If you have not already done this, what can you do to become a steward at the barn?
  3. In what ways have you served as an environmental leader or explored your environmental interests outside of the equestrian community? How can you apply this knowledge and experience to horses?
  4. How can you help develop an environmental movement in your community or equestrian program?


To avoid disqualification, essays must include a cover sheet that includes:

  1. Name and Address
  2. Email address (parent or rider)
  3. Your current grade level
  • DO NOT put your name on any of the pages of the essay, only on the cover sheet; your essay will be disqualified if your name is on any other page
  • The essay must be 600 words in length, and double-spaced.
  • The essay must be submitted using the button below on this webpage as a MICROSOFT WORD file and must be received by the following deadline:

August 31, 2021, no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

  • Your MICROSOFT WORD file must be saved/named in the following way:


  • The essay must be the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification from ALL CPI Scholarship contents.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • All entries become the property of the CPI and will not be returned.
  • The winner will be notified at the end of the horse show.
  • The contest winner agrees to allow the CPI to post his or her name on any of the CPI’s affiliated websites.
  • The winner will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes.
  • Scholarships must be claimed within 5 Years of completion of high school.


Essay submissions will be judged on style, grammar, spelling, and creativity. The judging committee is comprised of professors, school administrators, and business professionals. Essays are evaluated in a blind three-round judging process. Winners’ names are unknown to the judges until after the contest results are finalized.


Right to Cancel or Suspend Contest

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the CPI that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the CPI reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If the CPI elects to cancel or terminate the Contest, the CPI will not retain any rights in the submitted essays.