Scholarships and Contests 2015-2016

2016 High School Contest Essays

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is pleased to offer all high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in two essay contests. Essay guidelines and questions can be found on NEIT’s web site,

The top three winning students in each contest will be recognized with NEIT tuition scholarships. First place will be awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship, second place, $1,500.00 scholarship, and third place, $1,000.00 scholarship. Please encourage your students to enter one of the competitions.  If you have any questions or comments please contact Amanda Metzger, Special Assistant to Admissions, at 800-736-7744 ext. 3377 or by e-mail at

Competitions Offered

Technology Essay Contest

Automotive Technology Essay Contest

Requirements for Essay Contests

  • Essay contests are open to juniors and seniors.
  • Essays are to be typed and double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper.
  • The student’s name and high school must appear at the top of each sheet.
  • A cover sheet must accompany the student’s essay.  The cover sheet must have the essay contest, student’s name, home address, phone number, high school name and graduation date.
  • Essays are to be 500-750 words in length.
  • All essays are to be submitted with cover sheet no later than April 11, 2016, to Amanda Metzger, Admissions Office, New England Institute of Technology, One New England Tech Blvd., East Greenwich, RI 02818
  • Students can enter both essay contests
  • Essay deadline is April 11, 2016

Technology Essay Contest


Author Nicholas Carr has expressed a great personal unease that the internet was undermining the capacities of humans for deep reading, thinking, concentration, and contemplation.   He has argued that the emphasize on speed and immediacy of information on the internet causes us to superficially skim multiple sources without reading any of them deeply enough to develop true understanding.  He summarized the essence of his concern in the last sentence of his article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” that appeared in The Atlantic magazine in July/August 2008: “As we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.”  

Carr said this deterioration is occurring even among top experts in science and other academic fields.  He also wrote that he has noticed a decline in his own ability to sustain concentration on a long article or book for more than a few minutes and says that many other “literary types” have reported the same experiences.  Carr also cited the research of various scholars, experts, and researchers including Maryanne Wolf and Neil Postmann to support his observations.

Authors such as Steven Johnson and Don Tapscott see the influence of digital media on human intellectual abilities differently.  Johnson argued that digital technologies are actually enhancing human intelligence in his book Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter.  Likewise, Tapscott argued in his book Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World that digital technologies were empowering people to improve society.


Essay Question

What do you think of Nicholas Carr’s arguments? In your opinion, are the internet and other digital technologies eroding our capacities to read, think, and concentrate deeply and why?  Is the manner in which the internet and other digital media present information weakening our reading and thinking skills by channeling us toward superficial skimming of many sources without gaining real understanding of any of them?  Are the internet, digital media, and Google in fact “making us stupid?”  What has been your personal experience with these issues?  And have you observe any of the tendencies Carr bemoans in your friends, family, or other people you know?


Automotive Technology Essay Contest

Due to a variety of transportation options, young people are delaying getting their driver’s license and purchasing cars and the role of vehicles and driving in their lives appears to be changing. At the same time, new vehicles are becoming increasingly complex with new technologies (such as mobile Wi-Fi,  self-driving vehicles, and electric vehicles) which require a different skill set for technicians. Please explain how you think the role of a technician will evolve in the future and whether changing transportation options will change the way cars are repaired?