Established in 1997 by Yoko Ono, the John Lennon Scholarship Awards honor the memory of her late husband, John Lennon, often considered one of the preeminent songwriters of the 20th century. Three scholarships with prizes totaling $20,000 may be awarded annually to the best original songs submitted to the competition.
Applicants must be current students at or recent graduates of a U.S. college or university and between the ages of 17 and 25 at the time of application. Each submitted work must be an original song with lyrics, accompanied by whatever instrumentation is chosen by the applicant. Both music and lyrics must be original and not based on any prior work.