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2014 Scholarships Without Essays

Scholarships are awesome resources if you’re checking out different ways to pay for college. It’s free money—what’s not to love?

As it turns out, most scholarship programs have application processes that aren’t exactly lovable. Students generally have to submit a lot of information about themselves: transcripts, GPAs, test scores, resumes, community service activities, and so on. There may even be a few essays and grade requirements thrown in as well. You don’t want to complain, because again, free money—but these applications sure are tedious when you’re working on college apps, high school courses, and financial aid applications all at the same time.

The following easy scholarships have application processes that are a bit more manageable. Some ask you to write short essays while others don’t require any essays at all! The awards may not be as large as some other scholarships, but when the application process is so easy, you really don’t have much to lose. I'll start off with some words of warning before getting into the good stuff: essay and no-essay scholarships that are so easy to apply for, you may end up applying to all of them!

 

Caveat: If a Scholarship Seems Too Good to Be True ...

It turns out there aren't too many legitimate "easy" scholarships out there. If a scholarship application seems too good to be true, then be cautious—you don't want to fall victim to a scholarship scam. Here are some things to look out for: 

  • If a scholarship application asks for personal information that doesn't seem relevant to the award, tread carefully. Many top scholarship programs ask for very personal information (transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, even financial information for need-based scholarships), but this info is all relevant to candidate evaluation. If you're ever uncomfortable providing personal information, dig deeper into the scholarship award—can you verify that it's legitimate? Does it have its own site, or can you only find information on it through a third party? Google "[award name] scam" to see if anything suspicious pops up. 
  • Avoid any scholarship that ask you to make payments to enter or win. Scholarship programs are in the business of giving money to students, not taking it. It's likely just a scam if the application asks for payment, especially if it asks you to enter credit card information. 

Now that we got that out of the way, we can get to the good stuff: easy essay and non-essay scholarships and how to win them. 

 

These essays won't take you long at all, but they're a good excuse to set up at your favorite cafe. 

 

Essay Scholarships 

The scholarships in this section ask students to submit short essays with their applications. Even though you'll have to write up an essay, the rest of the application (and the essay itself) should be easy and manageable for all these awards. In fact, I expect most of these applications should take no longer than one to two hours to complete. 

 

Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship

This scholarship program is a bit different than most of the other awards included in this post—it's funded by a private law firm in Colorado. Students compete for a $2,000 award by writing a short essay (800 words) about the 7th amendment and how it affects their lives. 

  • The award is open to high school students who have been accepted to a four-year university and university students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • There are two application deadlines per year: one November 30 to win a scholarship for the spring semester, and one July 30 to win a scholarship for the fall semester.

 

Courage to Grow Scholarship

This $500 award is given out to one lucky student every month. To compete for the award, applicants must explain in 250 words why they think they deserve the scholarship. 

  • The award is open to high school juniors, high school seniors, and college students. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Application deadline: end of every month!

 

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

To compete for this $500 award, applicants must like the Odenza Facebook page and write two short essays (about 500 words each). One essay must be related to travel and your career, and the other must explain why you should receive the scholarship.

  • The award is open to those aged 16-25 who are either current high school students or people who have at least one year of college remaining. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA. 
  • The application deadline is September 30, 2017.

 

James "Rhio" O'Connor Scholarship Memorial Fund

This $1,000 award is given out to a new student every month. Students compete for the scholarship by writing a short essay (700-1,500 words) addressing a prompt related to cancer treatment. 

  • The award is open to all college students.
  • Application deadline: new one every month!

 

Some of these applications won't take you longer than a few minutes. 

 

No-Essay Scholarships

When it comes to easy applications, you can't get much easier than the following scholarship programs. You'll still have to submit some information about yourself (and, in some instances, complete some brief activities or tasks), but you won't have to write any essays to qualify. 

 

AFSA High School Scholarship

Here's one of those scholarships for which you have to complete a few unique activities to qualify. For the 2017 scholarship, students applied by reading about automatic fire sprinkler systems and then taking a 10-question quiz based on the information they read. Ten $2,000 awards are available each year.

  • This scholarship is open to high school seniors for the 2017-18 school year.
  • The application will open around September 2017 and close in April 2018.

 

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Students can qualify to win $2,500, $20,000, or $100,000 in tuition money by writing a "story" about themselves in 350 characters or less—that's really short. Stories that get the most votes win prizes, so recruit your friends to vote for you!

  • This award is open to all students aged 18-24.
  • Awards are given out on a rolling basis.

 

Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition

This scholarship program gives out relatively small awards of $50, but the application process is particularly fun and easy. Students qualify by writing and submitting up to three original haikus. 

  • This scholarship is open to all students in grades 7-12.
  • The deadline will be around March 2018.

 

"No Essay" College Scholarship

This $2,000 award is given out monthly. To apply, students just submit an application with basic identifying information, GPA, and SAT/ACT scores. Winners are determined by random selection, and you can submit a new application every month.

  • This scholarship is open to high school students, adults heading back to school, current college students, and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within the next year.
  • Application deadline: end of every month!

 

Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

Do you have a creative side and an eye for fashion? Students compete for 10 $1,000-$10,000 awards by designing and wearing prom outfits made out of duct tape. Applicants can enter as individuals or as part of a couple. Check out the website for fun pictures of past winners!

  • This competition is open to high school students in the US and Canada (excluding certain states and territories—refer to the official rules for details).
  • The application period opens around April 2018 and closes in late May 2018.

 

US Bank Scholarship

Three $5,000 awards, one $10,000 award, and one $20,000 award are available through this scholarship program. To qualify, students submit a simple application and complete five brief online learning modules on financial literacy. If you're heading off to college, it's not a bad idea to get some basic info on personal finance anyway, making this scholarship app a win-win!

  • This award is open to current undergraduates.
  • The deadline is October 27, 2017.

 

CaptainU $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship

As the name suggests, this quarterly award is meant for student athletes who plan to attend a four-year college or university. Applicants must submit some basic info about their sport and GPA to qualify. 

  • This scholarship is open to high school and junior college student athletes.
  • Application deadline: new one every quarter (i.e., every three months).

 

3 Tips for Winning Easy Scholarships

Easy scholarships to apply for aren't necessarily the same as easy scholarships to win. Because these scholarship applications are so simple to complete, you'll probably have a lot of competition. Here are some strategies to help you submit your best applications possible:

  • If you have to write an essay, you’re likely to be more successful if your views align with those of the entity that’s awarding the scholarship. To prepare, do some research about the company or charity's mission statement. 
  • Make sure your application is polished. You won’t have the opportunity to make more than a first impression (remember, these apps are short and sweet!), so double-check for any grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. 
  • Last but not least, make sure your application is complete and on time!

  

What's Next?

These scholarships are awesome options if you want to churn out as many applications as possible. As you might have noticed, though, the award amounts can be a bit underwhelming (although keep in mind that several smaller awards can be just as helpful as one big award).

You'll have to spend more time on your applications if you're gunning for a top scholarship, but the payoff can be more than worth it. To learn more about some of the best scholarships out there, check out our guides to the top scholarships for high school juniors and seniors. 

  

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If you found applying to college to be a long and laborious task, then imagine writing 1,000 - 2,000 word essays for each and every scholarship you apply for. Maybe some of you already have. Hey, more power to you!

For the rest of us, however, there's still hope. There are hoards of scholarships out there that require little more than registration and a brief task. That's right. Companies are giving away free money for little in return. We scoured the interweb far and wide and are back to provide you with a list of some ridiculously easy scholarships to apply for in 2017.

And here's the best part:

No essays (over 250 words) and no letters of recommendations

What are you waiting for?

Easy Scholarships To Apply For 2017: NO ESSAY REQUIRED (under 250 words)

[updated May 4, 2017]

The minimum eligibility for the following scholarships is that the recipient must be in high school and planning on attending college.

1. Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a Cappex profile and tell them what you like to do on your free time

2. Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up and share your academic and extracurricular accomplishments

3. Sallie Mae $1,000 Plan For College Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

4. CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Visit 5 college pages over the course of the month

5. You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

6. Courage To Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

7. School Survey Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your school here to be entered

8. Fastweb Invite-A-Friend Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for Fastweb
  • Invite a friend to join Fastweb, and if they register, you both are entered

9. The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

10. "No Essay" College Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

  • Register here and submit required personal information
  • Can apply every month!

11. Course Hero Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site
  • Submit a short "creative" answer (150 words or less) to the question of the month

12. Local Survey Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your neighborhood or town here

13. CollegeXpress $500 Refer-A-Friend Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a CollegeXpress account and get your referral link
  • For every friend you refer that registers, you get one entry
  • You can enter every monthly drawing (and win more than one scholarship)

14. $5,000 Social Network Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Must register and add a photo to your profile
  • Apply for the scholarship online
  • Share the scholarship post on social media platform of your choice; the post with the most votes wins the scholarship

15. EDvestinU®National Monthly Scholarship Giveaway

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

16. Innovation In Education Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: 20th of Every onth

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a project and have someone evaluate and write a letter of recommendation
  • Describe this project through either essay, blog post, app, etc.
  • Submit a photo

17. Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Drawing

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Every Quarter

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a profile and fill out at least one survey. Each survey is an entry for the scholarship

18. VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Every Quarter (March 14, June 14, September 14, December 14)

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site and take at least 2 surveys
  • The more surveys you complete, the higher your chance of winning

19. CaptainU $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Quarterly

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit basic information about your sport and GPA
  • "Like" their Facebook page and complete social promotion tasks

20. Common Knowledge Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and take quizes on topics that range from academic to movies

21. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500 ; $20,000 ; $100,000

Deadline: Varies (Rolling Basis)

What You Need To Do:

  • Write a "story" about yourself in 350 characters or less. The story with the most votes wins prizes

22. DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

Amount: Up to $18,000

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for a campaign, complete a task (some take 10 minutes), and post a picture showing you did it

23. Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a tweet-length message about E-waste

24. $5,000 Scholarship - Make A Recycling Bin To Reduce Waste

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for dosomething.org
  • Create a fun recycling bin for a bathroom that encourages people to recycle their beauty and personal care products

25. Tetherbox Creative Video Challenge Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-4 minute "commercial"

26. CollegeXpress Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

27. Countdown To College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up to receive Potential Magazine's free weekly "Countdown To College" newsletter email

28. SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 12, 2017 (Winner Selected Every 2 Weeks Until Deadline)

What You Need To Do:

  • Must be a resident of: AL, AK, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, DC
  • Apply here

29. Live Mas Scholarship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: May 12, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Send in a short film (under 2 minutes) that tells the story of your life's passion

30. Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 21, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit Application
  • Include a maximum 3 minute video about your views on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law

31. C.I.P. Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit application online with 150 words about your primary goal of going to school

32. Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and submit 140 words about how you'll use the money

33. Christian College Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an online survey to be entered to win
  • Plan on attending a 2 or 4-year Christian university

34. Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 15, 2017

  • Register for site
  • Must be a mom or soon-to-be mother

35. Digital Privacy Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete application with tweet-length message about digital privacy

36. Because College Is Expensive

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

37. Scholarship Zone $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

38. College Steps Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Enroll in the College Steps Program

39. Nitro College Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete the Scholarship Survey Questions.
  • Answer all three (3) short-answer questions.
  • Participate in our social media activity.

40. $1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

41. Parry and Pfau Left-Handed Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-2 minute funny video about why it's better to be left-handed than right-handed

42. CollegeSteps Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

43. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

44. US Bank Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (five available)

Deadline: September, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an easy application
  • Complete 5 easy online learning modules on financial literacy

45. Unigo Education Matters Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a short answer (250 words or less) about what you would say if someone told you education didn't matter

46. 10 Words Or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

47. Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a video (under 3 minutes) about the impact of texting and driving

48. HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Upload a short video on Youtube about who you are, what you want to study, and why you deserve the scholarship

49. NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on NextStepU.com during eligibility period of July 1 - December 31

50. Community College Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

51. Unigo $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an application here
  • Write a tweet-style message (140 characters or less) displaying your first "Tweet" after being elected president

52. 10th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a greeting card that, if chosen, will be sold in an upcoming line

Words Of Caution: Scholarship Scams

Every year, thousands of students are victims to scholarship scams. Here are some phrases scholarship scams will use:

  • "Guaranteed or your money back"
  • "You've been selected!"
  • "It will only cost.."
  • "We have exclusive access"
  • "We'll do all the work for you"
  • "Act now"

Warning Signs of Scholarship Scams:

  • Any request for your financial information or payments
  • Offers for low-interest student loans for fee

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