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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. Scholarship


Eligibility Requirements: This one is pretty easy. No scholarship essay is required. Basically, fill out a survey and wait to see if your name is drawn. Here is a quote from the website:  “Choosing a college is difficult enough without wondering how you're going to pay for it, and has set up a fund to award college scholarships for prospective students in order to ease the burden. Simply fill out the short survey below and you will be eligible to win a college scholarship in our next drawing. Scholarships will be awarded through random drawings.” All students are eligible, U.S. citizen or non-U.S. citizen. The student can use this money for a college, university, or technical school.

Money: Four scholarships are awarded. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

Contact Information:

Zumper Apartments Search Scholarship (TWICE A YEAR)

There is a little bit of writing to be done, but it is so close to NOT being part of an essay contest that we have to include this scholarship on this list.

Sponsor: Zumper. Zumper is "a national home and apartment rental search site. Finding a place to rent has been difficult for too long, so we're out to completely change the game. We've built the first apartment search platform that not only helps you find the perfect place, but also apply for an apartment."

Eligibility Requirements: "Any legal U.S. resident in high school or college who will be attending an accredited university or college in Fall 2015 is eligible to apply."

Zumper is "looking for outstanding students who have helped their classmates or community in a tremendous way. Maybe you started a club that raised $10,000 for charity, or championed recycling and sustainable practices across campus. Whatever it is, we’d love to hear about it!"

"To apply, please submit a short piece of writing, that includes the following:

1. How you've impacted your fellow student body or community.
2. An intro to housing near your school. Where are the best areas for students to live? You can also include up to 5 original images from around campus. If we like them, we may include them on our site and mobile apps (accredited to you of course!).

Recipients will be selected based on the overall strength of their application materials."

Money: $1,000.

For more information, including deadlines, please visit the website at:


FormSwift $1,000 Summer Scholarship Contest 

Sponsor: FormSwift

Eligibility Requirements:

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:

Money: $1,000.

Contact for MORE information:


Student-View Scholarship

Sponsor: Student Insights

Eligibility Requirements: This contest is open to high school seniors residing in all U.S. states, except Wyoming, Alaska, and Hawaii, 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 No scholarship essay or purchase is necessary.
Student Insights will award the following prizes:

Contact Information:


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 2011.  This is good for accredited colleges and trade schools. By all that we can tell, no scholarship essay is required. It sounds like the inner is picked from a drawing.

Money: Multiple scholarships worth $1,000 will be awarded.

Contact Information:



Zinch’s $1,000 Weekly Scholarship (Practically, no scholarship essay)

Sponsor: Zinch AND Chegg.

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 and Chegg are available, still.

Eligibility Requirements: All U.S. high school and college students are eligible.

Money: According to the website, SUPPOSEDLY Zinch gives away $1,000 a week.

SCHOLARSHIP OVERVIEW: Each week, Zinch will post a question at
and give entrants up to 280 characters to answer the question.  Zinch will pick one winner with the best answer from among all entrants. Winners of the Zinch $1000 Weekly Scholarship, or individuals who referred such winners to Zinch, are not eligible to receive any matching funds from Zinch under any Zinch matching program.” This is, practically, a scholarship without an essay. Basically, just answer a question.

Please visit the website at



College Prowler Inc. Scholarships (NICHE Company)

Sponsor: NICHE

For a few years, we have listed College Prowler as a source for about four scholarships. This year 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.

I think that we are going to list the links so that you can see for yourself, which scholarships will work for you. In the past, there have been four scholarships that had pretty open eligibility requirements. We are not sure that all four are still available at this time, but maybe Niche will make them available.


Here are some links that you can continue to try to use.

About the company/organization: is a link to Niche scholarships and other scholarships.

It appears that, at least, the $2,000 "No Essay" scholarship is still available.


$1,000 College Search Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:

Open to all high school students and adults planning to enroll in a postsecondary program within 12 months.

Applicant must be a legal resident of the United States. International students with valid visas are also eligible.

Applicant must submit the content entry by using our web form.


$2,000 “NO ESSAY” MONTHLY Scholarship is open to all current students and those planning to enroll within 12 months.

$1,000 Monthly Survey Scholarship is open to all students and recent alumni.

College Prowler says “each year, we survey thousands of students just like you to find out what life is really like on their campus. We then hire a current student at each campus to write the guide to their school from the students' perspective based on the survey responses. The following short survey gives you the unique opportunity to share your opinions about your college and ensure that your voice is heard. Know that all of your responses will remain anonymous.

By completing the student survey, you will be awarded an entry into our $1000 Monthly Survey Scholarship. You can then earn additional entries into the scholarship drawing by referring friends to take the survey. At the end of each month, we will randomly select a winning entry from all of the entries for that month. The more entries you have, the greater your chances of winning.

$1,000 Community College Scholarship

“To apply for the $1,000 Community College Scholarship, login or register for a free account and answer the two short questions about being a community college student.”


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 read the “Fire Sprinkler Essay” at the website. You answer some questions. “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.

American Fire Sprinkler Association
12750 Merit Drive, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75251


Fantasy Sports Daily Scholarships (TWICE A YEAR)

Source: Fantasy Sports Daily

Eligibility Requirements: "Having attended college ourselves, we appreciate the difficulty students face in financing their education, and we recognize the benefits a college education can provide. That's why our general scholarship rewards students who are looking to better themselves, who have goals and dreams, and who are committed to achieving a college degree and a successful future. US students who are 16 years of age or older are encouraged to apply for our scholarships. High school students, undergraduate students, master degree students, and adult learners are all also encouraged to apply."

Okay, we know that this is NOT exactly a no essay scholarship, but the questions that you answer MAY be appealing to a lot of students. The answers are short essays, BUT the questions may be of interest to students who would not normally like to write an essay. There are NOT many "no essay" scholarships out there, so we decided to add this scholarship to this list. After all, this scholarship is offered TWICE a year AND $1,000 for a scholarship is a very good financial award.

You answer questions listed on the website.

Money: Two awards a year worth $1,000 for each scholarship.

PLEASE visit the web for more information:


TV Scholarship

Sponsor: TV Providers

Eligibility Requirements: "Draw, paint, design, photograph or film a recreation of your favorite sports moment. Submit your work by July 31, 2015."


Money: $1,000.



Dry Defender Protect Your Bed Scholarship

Sponsor: Protective Bedding Store.

Eligibility Requirements: The Dry Defender Protect Your Bed Scholarship is a $1,000 award open to any undergraduate or graduate student. To apply, students must make a creative piece (comic, short film, drawing, poem, etc.) featuring the Dry Defender mascot.

Money: $1,000.

Contact Information:



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:

The Online Games Scholarship Contest

Sponsor: Big Fish.
Eligibility Requirements:
Open to college-bound graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college (U.S. students only).

“Create your own video game concept and tell us about it.” “Submit your game design through video, storyboard, screenshots, drawings, concept art, or other media of your choice.”

Money: $5,000.

Contact Information for more information:



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:

There have been a couple of things that have continued over the years:

  1. Occasionally, Sallie Mae will provide scholarships, BUT they change.
  2. Sallie Mae has added a free scholarship search service. You need to register.
  3. 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:

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


Free Textbooks for Freshman Scholarship (Submit application and answer question 500 characters or less?)

Sponsor: Chegg

Eligibility Requirements: “Chegg is offering 4 incoming college freshmen a year of free textbooks by awarding a $1,000 textbook scholarship to 4 students!”  Submit the application and answer a question using 500 characters or less?  The website uses the word “characters” and not “words.”  If you need to offer a 500 characters or less answer, then we would consider this a scholarship without an essay requirement.

Please Visit this web page:

Money: “Chegg is offering 4 incoming college freshmen a year of free textbooks by awarding a $1,000 textbook scholarship to 4 students!”


Picture the Internet Scholarship


Eligibility Requirements: NO Essay is required. However, you need to "Create an image that metaphorically represents what the Internet means to you, and you could win $1,000 towards your college tuition. Your image can be created using any medium you want, including photographs, digital drawings, or even a scan of hand-drawn art." Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States. High school seniors and college students can apply.

Money: $1,000.

Please visit the following website for more information: (Formerly Education-Portal) Tuition Won't Stop Me Scholarship Opportunity


" 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.

Please contact:



Sussle Scholarship

Sponsor: Sussle org.

Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship may not appeal to everyone, but there is NO ESSAY, which appeals to a lot of people. Sussle advertises that this is "not your usual scholarship" and they are correct. You enter the contest by entering, at least, one topic on Sussle. Sussle is kind of like Wikipedia. There is much more to this contest, so PLEASE visit the website.

Money: $500 award.

Please contact for MUCH more information:



Datatech Labs "Data Recovery Scholarship YouTube Challenge"

Sponsor: Datatech Labs

There is NO essay to be written, BUT Datatech Labs “are looking for creative geniuses to come out of the works to make a clever parody about our company.”

Eligibility Requirements:
High school senior accepted to a college/university/trade school.
A student currently enrolled in a college/university/trade school.

Money: $1,000.

For more information, please contact:


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.

"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 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

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

Sponsor for both scholarships is Free College Scholarship, LLC.

Money: $10,000 for each scholarship.


The Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Sponsor: The Beliz Law Firm

Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors who have been accepted to a college, trade school or university, or current students attending a college, trade school, or university.

"The Beliz Law Firm is invested in the safety of others. One topic that has been an issue since the invention of the automobile is drinking and driving.We want to see how creatively you can persuade others to not drink and drive. Please feel free to be as creative as possible. Video essay may use a technical or narrative style, including but not limited to documentary, fiction, live action or animation."

"Create your persuasive video. Make sure it is no more than 3 minutes long.

- Upload your video to YouTube titled Drunk Driving Video Essay.

- Once your video is uploaded, send your YouTube link to along with:

Money: $500.

PLEASE visit the following website for MORE information:


Broadcasting Your Aspirations Scholarship

Sponsor: Direct TV

Eligibility Requirements:

WE ARE HESITANT to put this listing on this NO ESSAYS web page because you have to create a blog, which can be considered by many to be another form of essay. HOWEVER, some people may prefer writing a blog and the chances that they may have trying to win this particular scholarship.

"All applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent legal residents of the United States."

"All applicants must be either: (1) a high school or home school senior graduating or earning a GED between August 1, 2013, and June 1, 2014, who will enroll as a freshman at a two-year or four-year college or university in fall 2014, or (2) a student enrolled during the 2013-14 academic year on a full-time basis and in good academic standing at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or in an accredited graduate school program."

1. "Write a 500-1000 word blog post about some way television has influenced your post-graduate career aspirations. It can be about a show, a character, a news anchor, technology—anything!

2. Once you've written your post and it's up on your blog, come here and fill out the form below. Share your blog with others and we'll share the winners on too!

3. Share your post with others! We believe the power of technology lies in its reach. The best blogs are those that are shared and spread."

MONEY: $2,500.

PLEASE contact the following website for MORE information. There is MORE informaton:

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