“You Can’t Label People, but You Can Label Products” Scholarship by Sttark

Scholarship applications are now CLOSED.

Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship winner!

Delia Hubbard

Congratulations to Delia Hubbard for winning our “You Can’t Label People, but You Can Label Products” Scholarship! We received many great submissions from students who truly thought outside of the box. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application this year!

A $4,000 essay scholarship for students who think outside of the box

Sttark is excited to award a $4,000 scholarship to a U.S. high school, college, or graduate student who can show us how products can be labeled, but people can’t. We understand the danger of false labels and believe the best ideas begin with a blank slate–no prejudices or preconceptions. For this reason, try to forget any labels related to academics or talent you’ve received in the past. Tap into your innate originality and creativity through writing and design.

Essay prompt: “You can’t label people, but you can label products.”

Use the following questions to spark your creativity, but you are not required to answer them. 

● Has consumerism influenced the way people are viewed? 
● Do people try to market themselves for acceptance?
● What effect do labels have on creativity? How might it differ between products and people?
● Is there a distinction between negative and positive labels? Is labeling yourself or another individual ever beneficial? 

Write a 1000-word creative essay showing how you relate to this statement and why it matters. Design a label related to your essay that belongs on a product but not a person.

About Sttark

We’re a creative and passionate team of experts at making products presentable. Our custom labels give a product’s story the chance to shine, and we hope to do the same for the next batch of designers, engineers, or entrepreneurs. But our purpose extends beyond labeling products. We believe that people are uniquely packaged and labels can limit ingenuity. Giving is fundamental to our business, and we want to invest in young creatives because we’re certain their success will lead to big ideas that bring a better future for everyone. For us, that’s an exciting possibility and a worthy investment. 

Eligibility & Requirements 

If you’re an aspiring designer, manufacturer, engineer, artist, architect, or any other type of innovator, this scholarship is intended for you. The application is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Due to complexities with international funding, we will only consider submissions from U.S. citizens. 

Please specify your intended field of study and your current grade or degree level within your application. We also request either proof of college acceptance or a high school transcript at the time of submission. 

We’d love to know your future goals and why you deserve this scholarship, so we’re asking you to provide a brief biography of no more than 250 words with your application. We will not assess this bio in our submission evaluation, but it will help us better understand your vision. 

Your submission will not be considered if it does not include:

● A short bio with your intended field of study and education level 
● Proof of education
● Evidence of U.S. citizenship (valid address)
● A 1,000-word essay
● A label design 

We recommend checking out sites like Canva that allow you to design labels online for free. You can also check out our Product Labels page for inspiration.


Your essay and label design will be evaluated by these five criteria:

1. Originality–overall uniqueness

2. Creativity–a blend of imagination and great ideas

3. Quality–superb execution 

4. Competency–an evident eye for design and clear written communication 

5. Connectedness–clear unity between the essay and label

Only submit your own work. Plagiarism is the opposite of innovation, and stolen work will be eliminated. This is a creative, not an academic essay, so you’re not required to include sources. However, if you do reference the work of another individual, please use a citation.

Application Details 

● Email your application to

● Use your essay title for the email subject line. 

● Include your full name, mailing address, phone number, and short bio within the email.

● Attach your essay and label design within one PDF.

Do include your full name within the email, but do not include it within the PDF pages or in the file name to ensure an unbiased evaluation. 

● Include the total word count at the bottom of your essay. 

Submission Deadlines 

November 30, 2022: Submissions due by 11:59 p.m. EST

December 15, 2022: Winner selected

The scholarship winner will be notified by December 17th, 2022, via email and featured on our scholarship page. Before receiving funds, the winner will be required to provide proof of acceptance to a college or university. All scholarship funds will be sent directly to the winner’s school.

Contact us if you have any questions about this scholarship or be sure to check out our About page if you’d like to learn more about Sttark.