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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.
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.
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 AnyCollege.com 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: http://www.anycollege.com
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 www.student-view.com. No scholarship essay or purchase is necessary.
Student Insights will award the following prizes:
Contact Information: http://www.student-view.com/
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: http://www.suntrusteducation.com/sweeps/default.asp
Zinch’s $1,000 Weekly Scholarship (Practically, no scholarship essay)
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 www.zinch.com/scholarships/weekly
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 http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/weekly
College Prowler Inc. Scholarships (NICHE Company)
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: https://niche.com/about/company/
https://colleges.niche.com/scholarships/ is a link to Niche scholarships and other scholarships.
It appears that, at least, the $2,000 "No Essay" scholarship is still available.
$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. http://www.afsascholarship.org.
American Fire Sprinkler Association
12750 Merit Drive, Suite 350
Dallas, TX 75251
Common Knowledge Scholarship
Sponsor: Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation
Eligibility Requirements: “CKSF offers a wide variety of scholarship quizzes throughout the year for U.S. high school, college, and graduate students. We even have some scholarships that parents can win for their children.” CKSF Scholarship Facts: All U.S. high school, college, and graduate students are eligible (parents can compete, too). Scholarship competitions consist of one or more quizzes with topics ranging from general "common knowledge" to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. Current and upcoming scholarship quizzes will appear in your account once you register. Scores are based on a combination of time and accuracy. Results are always accessible from our homepage. Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.
Money: Award amounts range from $250 to $2,500. CKSF scholarship awards may be used at any post-secondary school in the U.S.
Contact Information for more information: http://www.cksf.org/default.cfm
The Online Games Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: Big Fish.
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.”
Contact Information for more information: http://www.bigfishgames.com/blog/big-fish-online-games-scholarship.
Sallie Mae Fund Scholarship Program
Sponsor: The Sallie Mae Fund
Over the years, scholarships provided by Sallie Mae seem to come and go. The thing to keep in mind is that apparently Sallie Mae will provide some scholarships, but you need to keep checking their website or organization in some way. As of this writing, the main web page to contact for scholarship information is: https://www.collegeanswer.com/
There have been a couple of things that have continued over the years:
The following two scholarships appear on the Web and the web page date listed at the bottom of the web page is updated. It APPEARS, that the following two scholarships are active:
College Answer Scholarship Sweepstakes: "The College Answer $1,000 Sweepstakes is open to students, parents, guidance counselors." Please visit https://www1.salliemae.com/before_college/students_plan/free_money/sweepstakes-rules/ in order to see the official rules.
Parent Answer Scholarship Sweepstakes: "Sallie Mae's Parent Answer Scholarship Sweepstakes ("Parent Answer Scholarship Sweepstakes" or "Sweepstakes") is open to all U.S. residents who are parents of undergraduate college students attending a Title IV school or parents of high school seniors entering a Title IV school for the academic year 2010-11. Sallie Mae will award one (1) $10,000 scholarship toward college tuition and/or other college related expenses to be paid to the Sweepstakes winner." That's right, ten thousand dollars appears to be the award. Please visit https://www1.salliemae.com/before_college/students_plan/free_money/sweepstakes-rules/ in order to see the official rules.
Please use the following link for current information about Sallie Mae's scholarships: https://www.collegeanswer.com/.
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?)
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: http://www.zinch.com/free-textbooks-scholarship?utm_source=se-chegg&utm_medium=cpa&utm_content=chegg&utm_campaign=se
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.
Please visit the following website for more information: http://frontierbundles.com/scholarship
Education Portal's Tuition Won't Stop ME Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: "Entrants must 'like' Education-Portal.com on Facebook in order to be eligible to win. Entrants must be enrolled in a degree, diploma, or certificate program and be at least 18 years old at time of entry."
You need to visit the website for much more information. Basically, you watch a video on the "real faces of the debt crisis." Fill out a brief entry form. Be sure to answer the scholarship question by submitting a short (approximately 1-3 minute) video of yourself using your webcam, smartphone, or digital camera and uploading your video to YouTube with the title "My Student Debt Crisis - Education Portal Scholarship." The current question is: How is student debt affecting your life?
PLEASE keep checking the website for more information and updates:
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: http://sussle.org/scholarship
Blindsaver.com $1,000 Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: Appears to be for any student.
Blindsaver.com wants “to see you create your own blinds. Remember, your blinds don't necessarily have to cover a window. Let your imagination run wild, and show us how creative you can be with blinds! Your blinds will be judged on creativity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal.”
Please visit the website for more information, but it appears that you make blinds with whatever material that you choose. Send Blindsaver.com some pictures of your creation along with a hundred-word or so description of your project. We know that this may not appeal to everyone, but for many people, creating this project is a whole lot better than writing a paper about yourself.
Contact Information: http://www.blindsaver.com/scholarship.jspx
Done’s Plumbing and Heating Scholarship
Sponsor: Done Plumbing and Heating
Eligibility Requirements: The $500 scholarship is geared toward students living in the United States who are inspired by DIY, hands-on tasks. You must be 18 years or older to participate and you are required to be accepted into a trade school or collegiate organization. Done Plumbing and Heating is looking for an original DIY project that pertains to your job interest. The assignment is to create a DIY tutorial video that shows your process from beginning to end.
There is more information so PLEASE visit their website for MORE information at: http://www.itsdone.com/scholarship.html
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.”
High school senior accepted to a college/university/trade school.
A student currently enrolled in a college/university/trade school.
For more information, please contact: http://www.datatechlab.com/scholarship.html
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 schoalarship 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 scholarships4moms.net promotion must be a parent to one or more children. You may also be expecting one or more children at the time of entry. Documentation of requirements must be produced upon request." Apparently there is NO scholarship essay so the winner is picked through a random drawing. The award is for ten thousand dollars. More information is located at http://scholarships4moms.net/scholarship-application-for-moms.
Scholarships for Moms provides a Scholarship for Dads. The eligibility requirements for Scholarships for Dads are practically the same as for Scholarships for Moms, EXCEPT that you have to be a DAD. More information about this single parent scholarship can be located at http://scholarships4dads.com/.
Sponsor for both scholarships is Free College Scholarship, LLC.
Money: $10,000 for each scholarship.
The Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest
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 email@example.com along with:
PLEASE visit the following website for MORE information: http://www.belizlaw.com/scholarship/
Broadcasting Your Aspirations Scholarship
Sponsor: Direct TV
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 getdirecttv.org 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."
PLEASE contact the following website for MORE information. There is MORE informaton: http://www.getdirecttv.org/tv-scholarship/
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