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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


Although the scholarship information may come and go from this website, please keep checking the website for updates.

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:


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 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.

Contact: 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.”

Money: $1,000.




Cloudswave Scholarship

Sponsor: Cloudswave Scholarship.

There is A LOT going on with this International scholarship. Please visit their website for MUCH more information:

Basically, the scholarship is open to “legal residents of the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. They must be at least 18 years old at the time of application, and must be currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.”

“Send us a photo, an essay, a video, a song, a poem or anything you can send via email to explain how a piece of software or technology has helped you to perform at a higher level academically than had that piece of software or technology not existed.”

Topic may change per year.

Money: First Place is $2,000. Second Place is $1,000. Third Place is $500.

Please visit:


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:



Chegg's $1,000 Weekly Scholarship (Practically, no scholarship essay)

Sponsor: 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 Scholarships

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.

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: 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 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:

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



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.

Money: $1,000.

PLEASE visit their 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: $300 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

"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 distracted world, one of the biggest ways a drive is distracted is the use of a cell phone. As attorneys, we see all the negative impacts that texting and drive can create, so we have created a scholarship that will help get the word out about texting and driving by creating a video essay on the effects of texting and driving. The winner of this scholarship will receive a one-time $500 scholarship to go towards their education.”

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

Money: $500.




Do 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 26 years old or younger. 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.

Contact: 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.

Money: $500.




Design-A-Sign Scholarship Contest


Eligibility: The 5th Annual “Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest encourages aspiring designers to show off their creativity and enter to win a scholarship to a college, university or trade school of their choice. The 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 for the Contest. 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.

PLEASE visit their website for design requirements.

Money: First Place is $1,000. Second place is $200. Third place is $100.



Broadcasting Your Aspirations Scholarship

Sponsor: Direct TV

This information is a little OLD, but Direct TV is known for offering scholarships so we will keep this on the list for now. Please contact their website for more information.

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: 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: “ is offering three $1,500 scholarships to university students attending an accredited U.S. college or university who care for aging relatives.”



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