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Complete List of No Essay Scholarships

Here I’ve compiled a list of college scholarships that do not require an essay to apply. Please contact me with any others you know of and I’ll add them to the list. Click the sponsor name to learn more about how and when to apply for the listed scholarship.

 

Name of ScholarshipSponsorAmountWho can applyHow to apply
$2,000 “No Essay” College ScholarshipTMNiche, Inc.$2000Open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly.login or register using an online form
Easy DoSomething.org $5,000 Scholarship: Quitters Always WinDoSomething.org$5000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Create a physical card to encourage someone to quit smoking, take a picture of the card, post it on social media, submit the picture through the DoSomething website
Easy DoSomething.org $10,000 Scholarship: Grandparents Gone WiredDoSomething.org$10000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Teach a senior how to text, snap of photo of you teaching them how to text and use emojis, post it on social using #GGW2015, upload a pic of you teaching a senior to use an emoji through the DoSomething website
Easy DoSomething.org $5,000 Scholarship: Love LettersDoSomething.org$5000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Craft a Valentines Day card for a Meals on Wheels senior, take a pic with all the cards you made, submit the pic through the DoSomething website, mail the card to a participating Meals on Wheels
Easy DoSomething.org $2,000 Scholarship: Share Stress & Anxiety Reducing TipsDoSomething.org$2000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust perform all steps listed on the campaign page: Enter three friends' numbers in the online form.
DOSOMETHING.ORG $1,000 DRINKING AND DRIVING INTERVENTION
SCHOLARSHIP
DoSomething.org$1000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust play the game by inputting name and mobile phone number as well as 3 friends’ mobile numbers on the campaign page.
Easy DoSomething.org $5,000 Scholarship: Teens for JeansDoSomething.org1st: $3,000, 2nd: $2,000, 3rd: $1,000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodSet up donation boxes to collect jeans for homeless youth, snap a picture of the jeans collected, drop off jeans at your local shelters from February 1 to February 29, 2016, enter the photo in the online form
Easy DoSomething.org $2,000 Scholarship: Pregnancy TextDoSomething.org$2000 (1) U.S., U.S. Territories and Outlying Areas, Canadian citizens (excluding Quebec) (2) persons who reside in the fifty (50) United States & District of Columbia, regardless of the citizenship of such individuals, each who are younger than twenty­six (26) years old as of the final date of the Promotion PeriodMust play the game by inputting name and mobile phone number as well as 3 friends’ mobile numbers on the campaign page.
The CollegeWeekLive $5,000 ScholarshipCollegeWeekLive, LLC$5000U.S. and non-U.S. students. Applicants must enroll no later than the fall of 2019 in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning (college, university or trade school) that is a CollegeWeekLive member.(1) Must apply online by registering on the Sponsor's website (http://www.collegeweeklive.com) (2) Must login and participate in a CollegeWeekLive virtual event on the following days in order to be eligible.
U.S. Bank Scholarship ProgramU.S. Bank$5000Available to high school seniors or current undergraduate college students enrolled by September 1, 2015, at an eligible two- or four-year college or university. open to entrants who, as of the entry date,
are permanent legal residents of the United States and the District of Columbia (excluding residents of New York and Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, and other U.S. Territories) who are at least thirteen (13) years old.
Fill out the online application/entry form and submit it in accordance with the on-screen instructions. Then proceed to https://atwork.everfi.net/usbankscholarship and complete all eight Financial Genius education modules. Each learning module is approximately 10-15 minutes long and contains a series of videos, animations, activities, and knowledge checks.
THE "TELL A FRIEND" SCHOLARSHIP SWEEPSTAKESScholarships.com$1000; $500No restrictionsYou will be entered once for each student referred via the form on the website who fills out and completes a valid User Profile at Scholarships.com.
THE HAIKU NINJA FACEBOOK SCHOLARSHIPScholarships.com$1,000 or a Kindle FireNo restrictionsStep 1: "Like" Scholarships.com on Facebook.

Step 2: Post a haiku on our wall about how Scholarships.com is helping you prepare for and afford college. Once you do this, you are automatically entered to win a $1,000 scholarship or a Kindle Fire.

Step 3: You may enter as many times as you want over the course of the contest but please limit your haiku entries to one per day. From there, the Scholarships.com Team will determine which haiku best exemplifies what our site is all about and which applicant is using our resources most effectively.
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes programFoot Locker$20,000Be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the Fall of 2016
Be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.) have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade
Be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident
Foot Locker employees and their immediate family members are ineligible
Judging Criteria:
1. Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character
2. Be passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live.
3. Be a confident and enthusiastic leader
4. Display academic excellence
5. Come from a diverse background
6. Be Foot Locker Scholar Athletes material
Coca-Cola Scholars ScholarshipCoca-Cola$20,000Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
Apply online and submit application.
Walmart Associate ScholarshipWalmartmultiple: $1500; $2000; $3000Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States.
 Must be employed part-time or full-time with any division of Walmart for at least six consecutive months prior
to the application due date for the award period in which the associate is applying (see chart below).
 Must have graduated high school/home school or obtained a GED or be a graduating high school senior
who intends to enroll in a college or university upon graduation.
 If applying as a graduating high school senior, must wait to apply until you are within 6 months of starting
your college courses.
 Must have financial need and be able to demonstrate the need with required documents. (Note: Associates
with other funds that pay entirely for tuition, books, fees, and on-campus room and board are not eligible.)
Step 1: Create an accountant
Step 2: Complete the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement
Step 3: Proof of Registration
DIABETES, INCORPORATEDDiabetes Incorporated Community Scholarship$1000High school senior students who plan to continue their education beyond high school or students who are currently continuing their education beyond the high school level. Applicants must either have diabetes or have an immediate family member who has diabetes and a family member must be a current Diabetes, Incorporated member.Submit Scholarship Application online or by mail by April 15.
Burger KingJames W. McLamore WHOPPER® Scholarship3x $50,000BURGER KING® General Track:Be living in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico
Be graduating high school seniors (U.S. and Puerto Rico), graduating from grade 12 (Canada) or graduating from home school education in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
Plan to enroll full-time, without interruption, for the entire 2016-17 academic year at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico
1. Create an account
2. Fill in profile information
3. Fill in application
4. Upload transcripts
Finish application by December 15th
The Richard G. Zimmerman scholarshipThe National Press Club$5000(1) Open to all high school seniors, regardless of gender or race.
(2) Applicants must have a 3.0 grade average and plan to attend college this year.
 3 work samples. These may be print articles (reduced to 8 ½ by 11 size) or multimedia stories on a CD or DVD.
 Three letters of recommendation from persons who are not members of your family.
 Your high school transcript.
 Completed, signed copy of the Financial Aid Form (FAFSA) that you submitted.
 A letter of acceptance from the college/university of your choice or some documentation indicating where you have applied.
The Spouse Education Assistance ProgramArmy Emergency Relief$500 to $2,200For Spouses of American Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree 1. Click the application link
2. Create a new Account
3. Complete the application
$1000 College ScholarshipHeadsetPlus.com$1000(1) High school senior entering college, current college students, or graduate school
(2) Student must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA
(3) Applicant must be at least 16 years of age
(4) Applicants must be legal residents or citizen of the United States.
Create a YouTube video (less than 5 minutes please). Include in the video:

(1) Tell us about yourself, why we should awarded you with our scholarship. Be creative, be unique, express your personality.
(2) Tell us why you're seeking a degree in your field, and why our scholarship interested you.
(3) Upload your video to YouTube with the title "$1000 HeadsetPlus.com College Scholarship Program"
(4) In the description of the video include a link to HeadsetPlus.com
(5) Once your video has been uploaded, email the active YouTube link to scholarship@headsetplus.com
FormSwift $1,000 Summer Scholarship Contest FormSwift.com

$10001. 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.
1. As mentioned above, either write a one to two page business plan or make a business plan infographic about one of the suggested topics.
2. Send your entry to jamie[at]formswift.com by July 30, 2015 with the email subject line "FormSwift Summer Scholarship Entry"
3. Make sure to include your full name, state, and school within your submission.
The Student-View ScholarshipStudent-Viewmultiple: $4000; $1000; $500Open for all high school seniors. Complete a 15-25 minute online survey about local colleges. You will then be automatically entered into a random drawing for a scholarship award.
SunTrust Scholarship SweepstakesSunTrust$500Entrants must have a permanent address in one of the following states: AL, AR, GA, FL, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV or the District of Columbia (DC). To be eligible to apply, entrants must either be high school seniors during the 2015-2016 school year or current undergraduate college students who are planning to enroll in the Fall of 2016 in a U.S. Department of Education Title IV eligible, 2 or 4 year public or private college or university. The college or university must be located in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia (DC). Entrants must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident and at least 13 years of ageTo enter, student must complete an online entry form by accessing the SunTrust Education Loans Website page (suntrusteducation.com). Entries are limited to one per person during each drawing period
High School Senior Scholarship ContestThe American Fire Sprinkler Association10x $20,000Open to high school seniors who are citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA.
Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; student must enroll in semester beginning no later than fall 2016.
Selection of winners is not based on financial need.
Relatives of AFSA staff or NATIONAL board members may not enter.
Home-schooled students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a senior in high school.
Read complete contest information before applying. Please read all requirements carefully. Entries that do not meet ALL requirements will be automatically disqualified from the contest without notification to the student.
Step 1: Read all contest details.
Step 2: Read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” You may print the essay for reference if you choose.
Step 3: Register and Take the Test.
$5,000 Second Chance Scholarship ContestThe American Fire Sprinkler Association5x $1000Open to citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA with High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
Scholarship payable to the winner’s college/university or certified trade school in the United States; winner must enroll or already be enrolled for Spring 2016 session.
Winners not based on financial need
Relatives of AFSA staff or NATIONAL board members may not enter.
Step 1: Read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” (pdf) or (html) about automatic fire sprinklers.
Step 2: Complete registration page with all requested information.
Step 3: Take a ten-question multiple-choice test
TV Providers.com ScholarshipTV Providers.com$1000No restrictionsStep 1: Create (Draw, paint, design, photograph or film a recreation of your favorite sports moment. Submit your work by July 31, 2015)
Step 2: Apply (Fill out the submission form below, including a link to your artwork.)
Step 3: See if you win! (A select panel of judges will evaluate your submission. The winner of the $1,000 scholarship will be notified by email on or after August 31,2015.)
Sallie Mae’s $1,000 Plan for College SweepstakesSallie Mae Bank$1000Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are of the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside and who are students, parents, guidance counselors, or financial aid officers at the time of entry. The Sweepstakes is a monthly drawing continuing until terminated by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entrants may enter the Sweepstakes by completing the online registration form found at https://www.salliemae.com/plan-for-college/registration/ (“Entry”). Sponsor’s computer system shall be the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
"Stay Safe on the Internet" ScholarshipFrontierbundles.com$1000Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States. Employees of Frontierbundles.com, its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries, participating advertising and promotion agencies, and prize suppliers (and members of their immediate family and/or those living in the same household of each such employee) are not eligible.(1) Create a poster using any medium you see fit. We will only accept your submission in a .jpeg or PDF files no larger than 2 MB.
(2) Upload and submit your image by December 16, 2015.
(3) Share this scholarship on Facebook, Twitter, or
Google +.
Tuition Won't Stop ME Scholarship OpportunityStudy.com$1000No restrictions Submit an entry via web form on Contests information page during the Entry Period. Entrants will be required to provide their complete name and valid e-mail address and other required fields as indicated. Must share your response by posting it to our Facebook wall or tweet it to @StudyDotCom using the hashtag #TWSM
ScholarshipScholarships4Moms$10,000Applicants 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. Applicant must be a parent or an expectant parent. To apply, go to the Registration Page and follow the links and instructions to register.
ScholarshipScholarships4Dads$10,000Applicants 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. Applicant must be a parent or an expectant parent. To apply, go to the Registration Page and follow the links and instructions to register.
10 Words or Less ScholarshipStudentScholarships.org$500Anyone who is between the ages of 14-25 who will be attending school in the Fall of 2016.

1. Go to www.facebook.com/myscholarships. On the left hand side of the page you will find an area entitled "10 Words or Less Scholarship". In the comment section underneath the "10 Words or Less Scholarship" answer the following:

In 10 words or less, tell us why you deserve the $500 scholarship.
“Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest Signazon.commultiple: $1000; $200; $100The Contest is open only to anyone in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, excluding U.S. territories, that has registered with Signazon.com for the Contest by 11:59:59 P.M. CDT on May 29, 2015. Entrants must be at least 13 years of age and U.S. residents, and if under the age of 18, must have obtained their parents’ or legal guardians’ prior permission before entering.
All winners must be able to provide proof of high school, university, college, or trade school enrollment or the equivalent if registered with another schooling program.
Entrants will digitally design a graduation sign and submit their designs online at Signazon.com
Peace Scholarships
Barbara Wiedner & Dorothy Vandercook
Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc.
$250; $500You are a high school senior or college freshman at time of application, AND
You can provide evidence of leadership and/or personal initiative in activities or in an organization (including volunteer of paid work) relating to peace and social justice, nuclear disarmament, and/or conflict resolution.
(1) Fill out the application form
(2) short autobiography
(3) letters of recommendation
Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships
for Migrant Farmworkers
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc. multiple: $500; $2500Minimum 16 years of age
Applicant need not be enrolled in school
Because there is no essay required, the Letter of Recommendation is very
important and should address the quality of both the applicant and the
intended project.
A history of movement to obtain work in agriculture is REQUIRED.
Submit completed application packet
Jean DeGrace Crandall Memorial Scholarship Fund
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$2000Must be a migrant farmworker or child of a migrant farmworker from Mexico with a history of migration to Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, or Westchester Counties in New York State. Submit completed application packet
Margaret Raley New York State
Migrant Student Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$500Must be a migrant farmworker with a history of migration to and/or within New York State.Submit completed application packet
Robert Apicella
Good Samaritan Migrant Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.$500A migrant farmworker senior high school student from New York State needing post-secondary scholarship assistance who has demonstrated a caring and giving attitude toward another individual or community with a $500 scholarship.Submit completed application packet
Friends of Senator Jack Perry
Migrant Scholarship
Geneseo Migrant Center, Inc.not specified Past or present eligibility for Migrant Education services in New York State
Preferably current status as a senior in an accredited New York State high school, or status as a senior at an accredited high school outside of New York State but with a history of movement to New York State. If no eligible high school seniors submit applications, the application of a college student will be considered.
Acceptance at a post-secondary degree granting institution, preferably in New York State
Financial need
Submit completed application packet
CCNMA ScholarshipsCCNMA: Latino Journalists of Californiamultiple: $500; $1000 Latino students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. Students must be enrolled full time for the entire academic year in which they apply. They must also be a California resident or attend an accredited college or university in California.No details until scholarship opens.
East Bay College Fund ScholarshipEast Bay College Fund worth up to $16,000East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates.Fill in online application form.
eQuality Scholarship CollaborativeKPMG$6000Eligible students fall into one of these categories:
(1)Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2011 and 30 Jun 2016;
(2)Resident of northern or central California who completed or expects to complete community college between 1 Jul 2011 and 30 Jun 2016;
(3) Enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited ADN or BSN RN program in California; or
(4)Attending an accredited medical school in California or a California resident attending an accredited medical school elsewhere in the United States.
All applicants must: have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ community (applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible)
Fill in online application form.
HEEF scholarships Orange County Community FoundationIndividual awards range from $1000 - $5,000Latino/a who has lived in Orange County (OC), CA for the past six years
An OC public or private high school graduate who enrolls fulltime at a four-year college or an OC community college transfer who enrolls fulltime at a four-year college.
Dream Act/ AB 540 applicants must complete the "Applicant Financial Information" section of the online application.
First generation college student.
Family income limit of $45,000.
Previous HEEF scholars may reapply for selected subfunds.
Click or open this link: https://oc-cf.academicworks.com/
A list of scholarships will appear - scroll through available scholarships to locate the HEEF general fund: “HEEF: Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarship.”
Click on “sign up” and you will be prompted to enter an email address and password, once you complete this, click on “sign up” on the lower right-hand corner.
This will take you to the Orange County Community Foundation general application. All required questions must be answered - required questions are marked with an asterisk. Please be sure to click “Yes” on the question “Are you a HEEF applicant?” You can save and return to complete your HEEF online application, or complete it and click “finish and submit.”
ACS Scholars AwardAmerican Chemical Society$2,500 for freshmen
$3,000 for sophomores
$5,000 for juniors and seniors
High school seniors entering college and planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically-related field college freshmen, sophomores or juniors currently pursuing or planning to pursue full-time study in a chemically related field community college students majoring in a two-year chemical technology program or planning to transfer to a four-year school
Fill in the online application form.
John Kitt Memorial ScholarshipAmerican Association of Candy Technologists$5000• College sophomore, Junior or Senior status (in 2016-2017).
• Have a demonstrated interest in confectionery technology.
• Attend an accredited, four-year college or university within North America.
• Be majoring in a food science, chemical science, biological science, or related area.
• Achieved a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA (or equivalent on another scale).
Your demonstrated interest in confectionery technology can include many activities including but not limited to research projects, work experience, and formal study.
Print application, fill in and mail.
AccuWeb Hosting College ScholarshipAccuWebHosting$1000Must be a current or incoming student at a University in the U.S.

Must be able to provide documentation to support enrollment in the University.
Like and follow us on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , Google+ , and YouTube.

As you know, Cloud Computing is currently a hot topic in the technology industry. Record a 3 min. video on what you feel the next big technology trend will be within 10 years.

Publish the video to your YouTube Channel with the following title:

AccuWeb Hosting College Scholarship.

When your video is live, email us scholarship@accuwebhosting.com from your .edu email address.
Artistic Excellence in Print Design & Marketing ScholarshipPrintaholic.com$1000 A current undergraduate or graduate majoring in Graphic Arts & Design or a related field
Currently enrolled with an accredited U.S. university, college or institution of higher learning
Recorded minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
Applicant should mail their personal marketing package in addition to an official transcript
Commercial video scholarshipcheapcarinsuranceco.com$5000Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident of the United States and may not be an associate (employee) or relative of cheapcarinsuranceco.com.

Qualifications:

Applicant must be a current student and have a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale. Applicant must also be a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1 and November 30, who will enroll for Spring Semester as a freshman at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university. Current Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors: Applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of a least 2.5, and be enrolled full-time at an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university between August 1 and June of the year submitted.
Submit an original commercial about car Insurance driving habits good or bad. Please try to keep the videos positive in nature.

Share your video with your friends (youtube,twitter,facebook,google plus,blogger,reddit,tumblr,Pinterest,Linkedln,Stumbleupon,Digg)

Link to http://www.cheapcarinsuranceco.com in your video and video description.

Email submissions to scholarship@cheapcarinsuranceco.com
The 2015-2016 Fathom Fountains Scholarship AwardFathomFountains.com$2000Students from all walks of life are encouraged to apply for the FathomFountains.com scholarship opportunity. Students who plan to attend college or a university or those who are already enrolled and will be attending an additional year of education can apply for the scholarship. There is no age requirement for college scholarships offered by us.Apply for the scholarship by composing an essay or video submission that describes your career goals and how this scholarship can help you to provide some type of locally beneficial change to the community

How to Win College Scholarships – I’ve Already Done It

college-graduate2The statistics are startling. Outstanding student loan debt has reached  $1.2 trillion dollars.  The average senior graduates owing $26,600. You might ask yourself if a college education is even worth it. Largely, the answer is yes.

In 2013, Americans who were college educated earned an average of 98% more per hour than those without a degree. Over a lifetime, that means the college graduate will earn on average  $830,000 more than the high school graduate.

The trick is, to graduate without debt, or at least with the smallest amount possible. You can do that by winning scholarships. Here are some ways to get as many as you can.

Something For Everyone

Not all of us are 4.0 students, achieved Eagle Scout status, and spend our weekends reading to orphans. That doesn’t mean there isn’t money out there for us too! Just because you don’t have perfect credentials doesn’t mean you shouldn’t search for scholarships.

Can you build awesome blanket forts? This underrated skill can win you a $1000 scholarship. Are you a budding culinary genius? You can win a $25,000 scholarship from Jif if they deem your sandwich most creative. When you’re bored in class do you ever devise your escape in the event of a zombie apocalypse? You can win a $2000 scholarship for just a  250-word essay!  See? Something for everyone!

Start Researching Early  

Start researching scholarships as early as your freshman year of high school. All scholarships have requirements, devoting a minimum number of hours to volunteering or taking elective classes in a certain subject for example. Waiting until your senior year to look for scholarships may mean you don’t have enough time to fulfill these kinds of requirements.

Clean Up Your On-Line Presence  

Scholarship judges, not to mention college admissions officers and future employers, will search for you on-line. Remove anything, photos, tweets, comments in on-line forums, that doesn’t reflect well on you.

Think Small 

Competition for the most lucrative scholarships is fierce. Unless you are the cream of the crop among applicants, it’s better to think small. Less competition increases your odds of being rewarded. Because these scholarships are less well known, they will generally be for smaller amounts so you will need to apply for several, as many as you can in fact. This too increases your odds of winning, less competition and more chances to do so. Look for opportunities that are local rather than national, businesses and organizations in your community who offer grants and awards.

Get Organized  

Because you will be casting a wide net, you need to keep close tabs on each scholarship. Use a spreadsheet to list and track the provider, deadline for applications, amount rewarded, eligibility criteria, and any required documentation, including an essay.

Start gathering the required documentation as soon as you decide to apply. Things like transcripts and letters of recommendation can take time to receive.

Ask For Feedback

After a reasonable length of time, follow up on the status of your application. If you were turned down, ask if you might get some feedback on why. This feedback can go a long way to improving future applications with this provider and others. Losing out this year doesn’t mean you can’t try again next year, this time knowing what went wrong last time.

Requesting feedback will also save you time. There may be something that does preclude you from a particular scholarship that you overlooked and now you know not to waste your time reapplying. If the feedback indicates that it would be worthwhile to reapply, you’ll improve your odds and save time because you’re already familiar with a particular scholarship’s application process.

Read The Fine Print  

Before you begin the process, carefully read the application instructions and the entire application. Doing so will help minimize mistakes and prevent you from wasting time for scholarships that you may not be eligible to receive. Getting half way done and realizing there is a requirement you don’t meet is frustrating.

Don’t Be Generic 

When you’re applying for lots of scholarships, there can be temptation to make everything one size fits all because it’s faster, easier and you’re tired of the whole process. Avoid the temptation! The more personal and specific you are, the more you stand out from your competitors. The same is true for cover letters when you start applying for jobs so get in a little practice now!

Spend time researching the mission statement behind the organization bestowing the scholarship. They will be looking for people who share their values and ideals. Many of these require volunteering. Don’t detail what you did in your capacity as a volunteer. Tell the story of how your service changed you, what it taught you and how it impacted those you served.

It All Pays Off

Applying for loads of scholarships is ponderous, I know. But do you know what is worse? Graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan debt. There are millions of dollars out there to help you pay for college, go get your share! I’ve already done so – read my story here.

3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application

“Panicking senior season” is officially here!panicking senior photo cred: citygirl bites

This is the time where high school seniors have already submitted their college applications, received their acceptance letters in the mail, and have even received some financial aid award letters from the college. This is also the time where many financial aid award letters have fallen short of what the senior student depicted in his mind and when a lot of students and parents contact me asking for my scholarship services.

If I’ve just described you, you aren’t the only one in this boat. Seniors everywhere are scrambling to get some last minute money for college before August rolls around and it is too late.

But before you and your senior student go on a wild “search and destroy” mission for all the scholarship applications that you can get your hands on, take a peek at these 3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application.

**(Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors, don’t rule yourselves out just yet. These 3 must ask questions will apply to you as well.  You should start searching and applying for scholarships now so that you do not become a “panicking senior.”)

3 Must Ask Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Fill Out a Scholarship Application

1. Am I eligible for this scholarship?
Check the eligibility checklist on a scholarship first and make sure that you meet all the requirements. You don’t want to go through and fill out an entire scholarship application only to find out that you do not meet the minimal requirements listed for the scholarship application. Not meeting the minimum requirements for a scholarship will typically disqualify you. Example of minimum requirements are you have to have at least a 3.0 GPA or you have to reside in a certain area in order to apply for the scholarship.

2. Has the deadline already passed?
Check to see if the deadline for submission of the scholarship has passed. Scholarship judges will not take a single glance at your application if you submit it after the deadline has passed. It won’t matter how great your application is or how “perfect” a candidate you are for the scholarship. If the deadline has passed and you think you will be a great candidate, save the information about the scholarship for the next time the scholarship opens up and apply during that next year. If you are having a problem with keeping track of the scholarships that you would like to apply to, get a calender and mark the deadlines for each scholarship on it. Remember, with scholarships you always want to beat, not just barely meet deadlines.

3. Is this a highly competitive scholarship?
Highly competitive scholarships like the Ron Brown Scholarship, Coca-Cola Scholars Program, and Gates Millennium Scholars, are well known, highly publicized, and open to the nation; therefore will have a LOT of people applying to these scholarships. They have big award amounts that you can win, but they also have an extensive scholarship application that you will have to complete. Before you fill out the application, really think about how qualified you are the win that scholarship. Will you be able to compete with other students that are applying to this scholarship? If you think it might be a stretch, search for some of the local scholarships instead. These have smaller award prizes and less competition. (Remember small award prizes can definitely add up.) The local scholarships can be found at your school and in your community. You can ask a church that you are involved with or a local bank for the scholarship opportunities that they know of as well.

In the comments below, I would love for you to share which of the 3 must ask questions have been most helpful to you? Which part really hit home with you and why?

As always, thank you for reading and sharing!

Happy Scholarship Winning!

shanice miller scholarship specialist