By Megan Shuffleton
It’s a busy time of year, especially with all the campus visits, college research and endless applications. Along with researching, choosing and applying to colleges comes the same process for scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to receive money to put toward your tuition because there are thousands out there from all sorts of companies and communities, and, best of all, they don’t need to be repaid!
Though some scholarship due dates have already come and gone, there are still some left to apply for! Here are a few scholarships to consider applying for now:
1. Cappex #1 Fan Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Cappex.com, a program that helps high school students gather information about colleges and scholarships, is looking for their website’s “#1 fan,” who will receive $1,000. Cappex.com will look at applicants’ online profiles and choose a winner based on extracurricular involvement, leadership and volunteer activities.
2. CollegeWeekLive Monthly Scholarship
Deadline: The last day of each month
CollegeWeekLive is a free online college fair that features several hundred colleges worldwide. Their goal is to connect students, parents and counselors with colleges and universities and encourage students to interact with and apply to universities. That’s why they’re offering a $1,000 scholarship to students on a monthly basis. All you need to do is log in to CollegeWeekLive and visit three colleges’ “booths” on the site. CollegeWeekLive will choose one potential winner around the 10th day of the next month and notify him or her by email.
3. Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Amount: One winner will receive $10,000 (a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 towards a college savings plan), one second place winner will receive $1,000 and up to five finalists will receive $500.
Deadline: January 6, 2014
If you’re a writer, this is the scholarship for you. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an essay on a U.S. official who has chosen to do what is right rather than what is easy. The essay is expected to be a carefully researched account of a story of how an official risked his or her career to stand up for the needs of the public.
4. ScholarshipPoints December 2013 Scholarship
Deadline: 11:59 EST on December 15, 2013
ScholarshipPoints gives a student $10,000 every three months, and all you have to do is be a registered member of the website! Your chance of receiving the award is increased when you take surveys, read blogs and basically just participate on ScholarshipPoints.com. The winner will be chosen and announced on December 16th.
5. College Prowler’s “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: 11 p.m. EST on the last day of each month
If you don’t consider yourself a writer, think about applying for this scholarship. College Prowler, a site that provides college reviews written by current students, is giving randomly selected students $2,000 - and all that’s required is registering for a free account on their website. The scholarship is open to all students who plan on enrolling in school within 12 months.
Click here to read the full story on HerCampus.com.
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that ScholarshipPoints gives a student a $10,000 scholarship every three months, not every month.
Grants, Scholarships, and MORE
Scholarships with No Essays and No Essay Contests
We have heard the requests for a list of scholarships without essays. We know that scholarships with no essay requirement would be great. However, the scholarship with no essay is a hard-to-find scholarship. There are plenty of scholarship essay contests. It can be SO VERY FRUSTRATING to write scholarship essay after essay and then be denied ANY scholarship. We would like to see more scholarships that would somehow award the money based on some other requirement than an essay. However, it seems that a majority of college grants and scholarships require some type of essay. It is understandable how the sponsors of college scholarships for students would want to know more about the applicant through the use of an essay. After all, the sponsors want to know if the applicant has the ability to take that money and succeed.
YouTube Video: How to Find College Grants and Scholarships is a short six-minute video that gives you an overall look at where to find college grants and scholarships. If you have no idea on where to start to find financial aid, then this video will give you a good idea on how to go about finding free money in the form of financial aid, grants, and scholarships for college or trade schools for a variety of groups of people such as nursing students, single moms, women, traditional students, non-traditional students, and just about any U.S. Citizen seeking scholarships with the least amount of eligibility requirements.
We continue to research college grants and scholarships. When we find a no essay scholarship, we will add it to the list. We know that there are plenty of scholarship essay contests, but hardly any "no essay contests." However, for now, here is a short list of college scholarships where no essay is required.
NextStepU Win Free Tuition Scholarship (NO ESSAY)
NextStepU offers two different main scholarships. One requires an essay, but this one does not.
“All students who register on NextStepU.com during an eligible drawing period and opt in to Win Free Tuition will qualify.”
Scholarship award for this NO ESSAY scholarship: One $2,500 scholarship will be awarded.
HeadSetPlus.com Scholarship Annual College Scholarship
Eligibility: High school senior entering college, current college students, or graduate. School. Student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must be at least 16 years of age. Applicants must be legal residents or citizen of the United States. “Create a short YouTube video about yourself, your past achievements and how you can help shape the world around you, why college education is important, and tell us what motivates you? Give us examples what you have achieved in school and outside of school.”
GotChosen $5,000 Social Network Scholarship (NO ESSAY)
Eligibility: "The applicant with the most upvotes among all their posts will win the $5,000 scholarship award. No GPA, essay or financial need requirements. Open to all fields of study, this scholarship award must be used for educational expenses. US and international students can apply."
This is a MONTHLY contest. You need to::
- Apply for the scholarship
- Add a photo to your profile
- Post on any channel
- Get upvotes for your posts
Money: $5,000 MONTHLY Contest.
Ratingle Scholarship (VIDEO Contest)
Eligibility: "The student must be currently enrolled in, or enrolled to begin higher education studies in the fall semester 2017. Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States."
"The Ratingle Scholarship subject is product reviews. Students should choose a unique gadget that made their last year different. The gadget could be of any field (studies/electronics/fun etc.)
The video should introduce the product and answer the most important questions others may have before purchasing this product."
MORE information is provided at their website. This is a VIDEO contest and topic is listed at their website.
FormSwift $1,000 Summer Scholarship Contest
1. You must be a graduating senior in high school or enrolled in college. Community college, professional college, and graduate students are all eligible, in addition to undergraduates at four-year universities.
2. You may not be related to any of FormSwift’s staff or our extended family.
3. International students, including students from a college or graduating from a high school outside the United States, are also eligible to apply.
4. We reserve the right to verify date of high school graduation and/or college enrollment.
Write a One to Two Page Business Plan or make a Business Plan Infographic about one of the following business industries for a chance to win the FormSwift Summer Scholarship:
- A Bakery
- A Restaurant
- A Salon (Hair, Nails, etc.)
- A Trucking Company
- A Personal Training Company
Contact for MORE information:http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship
Sponsor: Student Insights
Eligibility Requirements:“This contest is open to high school seniors residing in all 50 US states and planning to attend college or career school after completing high school."
“To enter the contest, entrants must complete and submit the application survey found at www.student-view.com. No scholarship essay or purchase is necessary.
Student Insights will award the following prizes:
- One (1) individual prize, consisting of a $4,000 scholarship.
- One (1) individual prize, consisting of $1,000 scholarships.
- Two (2) individual prizes, consisting of $500 scholarships each.
- The individual scholarship winners will be selected in a random drawing from the pool of eligible entrants."
Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes
Sponsor: SunTrust Bank
Eligibility Requirements: Available for high schools students planning to enroll in college and to students already in college and expecting to be there in fall. This is good for accredited colleges and trade schools. By all that we can tell, no scholarship essay is required. It sounds like the winner is picked from a drawing.
Money: Multiple scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded.
Contact Information: http://www.suntrusteducation.com/sweeps/default.asp
Chegg$1,000 MONTHLY Scholarship Contest
Chegg has now become MORE than just a company that rents textbooks. It appears that Chegg has acquired Zinch and now provides all kinds of college-related information, including scholarships. It appears that some of the scholarships funded by Zinch are available within Chegg, still.
Eligibility Requirements: Chegg offers a $1,000 MONTHLY Contest. This is open to students in the U.S. who are least 16 years old and enrolled in high school or accredited college in the U.S.
There is a question listed at their website and the answer can be up to 600 characters.
Money: $1,000 and this is a MONTHLY contest.
For a few years, we have listed College Prowler as a source for about four scholarships.We see that the name of the company has kind of changed and the format of the scholarships/website has changed. The URL has changed, also. This is a good example of how difficult it is to track these scholarships. All too often, there is a lot of change.
NICHE is the new name and will fund a number of scholarships, as well as provide a search service for scholarships. NICHE has continued the $2,000 NO ESSAY contest.
Here are some links that you can continue to try to use.
About the company/organization: https://niche.com/about/company/
https://colleges.niche.com/scholarships/ is a link to Niche scholarships and other scholarships.
It appears that, at least, the $2,000 "No Essay" scholarship is still available.
$2,000 “NO ESSAY” MONTHLY Scholarship is open to all current students and those planning to enroll within 12 months.
"The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced in Niche's e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page. You can apply once each month, with a new winner selected every month."
The AFSA Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: American Fire Sprinkler Association
Okay, I admit that the application for this scholarship may be “different” but it is a pretty easy way to qualify for a scholarship. I am not going to get into all the details of this contest but let me give you a brief summary. You answer a "short quiz" at the website. “For each question answered correctly, students will receive one (1) entry into a drawing for one of ten $2,000 scholarships. A total of ten (10) entries into the drawing is possible if the student answers all ten questions correctly.”
There are two main scholarships. One is the High School Senior Scholarship Contest where ten scholarships worth $2,000 each are awarded to high school seniors. The other scholarship is called the Second Chance Scholarship Contest. This is open to anyone “who has graduated high school or equivalency and wants to pursue a college degree or trade school education.” A total of five scholarships are awarded and each scholarship is worth $1,000.
Contact Information:Please visit the website to review all the information for both scholarships. https://www.afsascholarship.org/
Dave’s Bike Site Scholarship (Video Contest)
Sponsor: Dave’s Bike Site
Eligibility Requirements: Go to website to view requirements. Basically, you create video about your favorite memories with a bicycle. There is more to it, though.
International students are welcome to apply, however, we can ONLY mail the Award to a school address inside the UNITED STATES, on a military base, or on US territories.
This scholarship is sponsored by davescheapbikes.com
101 W 29th St, STE G142, Pittsburg, Ks 66762
Please go to http://www.davescheapbikes.com/scholarship for MORE information.
Dogs by Nina $1,000 “Show and Tell” Scholarship (Video Contest)
Eligibility Requirements: The requirements are very similar to the requirements listed for the Dave’s Bike Site Scholarship. The big difference is that you create a video where you tell people about your favorite pet memories.
International students are welcome to apply, however, we can ONLY mail the Award to a school address inside the UNITED STATES, on a military base, or on US territories.
This scholarship is sponsored by dogsbynina.com.
101 W 29th St, STE G142, Pittsburg, Ks 66762
Pelican Water Systems Scholarship (Bi-annual)
Sponsor: Pelican Water Systems.
The requirements for this specific scholarship have changed over the years and it may, one day, change to less than an essay requirement, again. HOWEVER, for now, here are the new requirements.
"Video Theme: Show how you're doing your part to conserve water.
How To Enter:
- Upload a 30-60 second video on Instagram using the hashtag #pelicanwatersmart
- Tag @pelicanwatersystems in the caption of the video
- Write a 250-word essay highlighting what water conservation means to you."
Money: First Place: $1,500. Second Place: $1,000. Third Place: $500.
Common Knowledge Scholarship
Sponsor: Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation.
Eligibility Requirements: “CKSF offers a wide variety of scholarship quizzes throughout the year for U.S. high school, college, and graduate students. We even have some scholarships that parents can win for their children.” CKSF Scholarship Facts: All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too). Scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. Current and upcoming scholarship quizzes will appear in your account once you register. Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy. Results are always accessible from our homepage. Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.
Money: Award amounts range from $250 to $2,500. CKSF scholarship awards may be used at any post-secondary school in the U.S.
Contact Information for more information: http://www.cksf.org/default.cfm
Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Sallie Mae Fund
We have modified this listing a number of times because Sallie Mae has made a number of changes to their website and information over the years.
For a number of years, scholarships provided by Sallie Mae seem to come and go. The thing to keep in mind is that apparently Sallie Mae will provide some scholarships, but you need to keep checking their website or organization in some way. As of this writing, the main web page to contact for scholarship information is: https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/.
There have been a couple of things that have continued over the years:
- Occasionally, Sallie Mae will provide scholarships, BUT they change.
- Sallie Mae has added a free scholarship search service. You need to register.
- Some of the scholarships listed by Sallie Mae have had almost no requirements, including NO ESSAY. You need to keep checking the website.
Please use the following link for current information about Sallie Mae's scholarships: https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/scholarships/.
There is some VERY GOOD information about scholarships and about searching for scholarships at this website. Sallie Mae is a very well-respected educational source
Stay Safe on the Internet Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: NO Essay is required. Design a poster-style image that encourages your fellow students to "Stay safe online. You can create the poster in any medium you see fit from photography to hand-drawn art - just make sure it is engaging and creative. Submit a PDF or .jpeg file that is up to 2 MB in size.” Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States. High school seniors and college students can apply.
PLEASE visit their website for MORE information: http://frontierbundles.com/scholarship
Study.com (Formerly Education-Portal) Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship Opportunity
"Study.com offers 10 different academic scholarships totaling $5,500 to students who are pursing higher education. Our goal with scholarships is to help alleviate the rising cost of college." There are other study services offered that may interest students. Some of these scholarships, such as the "Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship" might have NO ESSAY requirement.
The scholarships and financial awards vary.
Scholarships for Moms: We were hesitant to list this specific scholarship for a while because we just did not know if it was legitimate. However, this scholarship has been around a while so we decided to list this scholarship for mothers, single or married.
Sponsor: FreeCollegeScholarships, LLC.
"Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. You agree that you are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled within the next 3 months, in a college or university in the United States. Applicants for the scholarships4moms.net promotion must be a parent to one or more children. You may also be expecting one or more children at the time of entry. Documentation of requirements must be produced upon request." Apparently there is NO scholarship essay so the winner is picked through a random drawing. The award is for ten thousand dollars. More information is located at http://scholarships4moms.net/scholarship-application-for-moms
Scholarships for Moms provides a Scholarship for Dads. The eligibility requirements for Scholarships for Dads are practically the same as for Scholarships for Moms, EXCEPT that you have to be a DAD. More information about this single parent scholarship can be located at http://scholarships4dads.com/.
Sponsor for both scholarships is Free College Scholarship, LLC.
Money: $10,000 for each scholarship.
The Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest
Please visit the website for more details about this scholarship contest. The topic of the video can change from year to year.
Eligibility: High school seniors who have been accepted to a college, trade school, or university, or students attending a college, trade school, or university.
Do Something.org Scholarships
Basically, you earn the right win a scholarship by volunteering to do something through community service. There are different “campaigns” that offer a variety of money. There is a lot of money to be awarded. PLEASE visit the website for MORE information. Applicants must be between 13 and 25 years old. This is for U.S. and Canadian citizens. A random drawing is part of the selection process.
Money: varies but many scholarships are worth $5,000.
Studentscholarships.org 10 Words or Less Scholarship
Eligibility: Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall. Submit answers to the essay question. This particular scholarship wants you to answer in TEN (10) words or less, why you deserve the $500 scholarship. Ten words or less is practically NO essay.
Caring.com Student-Caregiver Annual Scholarship
Eligibility: For students attending a U.S. university or college who have been caring for an older relative while attending school. Includes current high school students who are matriculating in January 2016 and have been involved in caregiving during high school and intend to continue while attending college. Topic of the ESSAY is located at their website. APPARENTLY: A two-minute video is an alternative to the essay.
Money: “Caring.com is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives.”
Create Real Impact Scholarship
Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers.
Eligibility: "open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university)."
"Four (4) Grand Prize Individual Educational Grants of $1500 will be awarded, one (1) per category (video, music, art and creative writing) by a panel of qualified judges, whose decisions regarding the contest and related matters are final."
PLEASE go to their website for MUCH more information. Basically, there are four categories for submitting your entry. You can submit a very short video, music, art, essay.
Money: "Four (4) Grand Prize Individual Educational Grants of $1500 will be awarded, one (1) per category (video, music, art and creative writing)
COIT Emergency Stain Removal Graphic Scholarship
Sponsor: COIT Cleaning Services, Inc.
Eligibility: You must be enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university in the USA or Canada. International students are welcome!"
"This graphic design-centric scholarship challenges you to create a lightly animated GIF that shows us a fast way to get your space cleaned. When you are short on time, what is something unique or clever that makes your place feel or look clean quickly. Your GIF should be designed for posting on social media and can be as many frames as you like, just keep it short and sweet. We will give extra attention to clever submissions with a real sense of humor or brilliant cleaning hack. The most important criterion, though, is fantastic graphic design. The meme should be easy to read and visually appealing- something worth sharing!"
MORE valuable information about this scholarship is provided at their website: http://www.coit.com/scholarship