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This web page was updated January 2023.

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 decided to write the following statement about being careful on applying for scholarships that MAY no longer be available. From our experience of trying to list scholarships that are currently available, we have found that many scholarships stay on the World Wide Web, although the organizations that at one time funded the scholarships, NO LONGER fund the scholarship. We have found that all the information is on the organization's web page, BUT, the date for applying for that scholarship may be a couple years old. Our best advice is that IF a scholarship is listed on a web page AND the date of application is more than a year old, then it is VERY PROBABLE that the scholarship is NOT AVAILABLE. Our best advice is that if you are interested in a scholarship that has older information, then PLEASE TRY TO CONTACT them to see IF the scholarship is currently being offered. Definitely, a number of organizations may delay funding a scholarship for a year or two. However, there are many scholarships that are found on web pages that have been there for years that have NOT been funded for years.


Peterson's Undergraduate Scholarship (NO ESSAY)

Sponsor: Peterson's LLC.

Eligibility: "Are you a high school senior or an adult learner planning to go back to school? We know how expensive (but valuable!) college can be.

In order to further our mission of promoting education after high school, Peterson's is proud to sponsor a $2,500 scholarship good toward undergraduate tuition."

Basically, fill in an online form and you are entered to win.

Money: $2,500.

Contact: https://www.petersons.com/undergraduate-scholarship/?utm_source=scholarshiplp&utm_medium=cta&utm_campaign=ugsweep


The "$500 Because College is Expensive Scholarship"

Sponsor: Cedar Education Lending, LLC.

Eligibility: "It's no secret that college is expensive. It's also no secret that applying to scholarships is often a time-consuming and stressful process. For these reasons, we created the "Because College Is Expensive" $500 scholarship. Keep reading for the details! The $500 “Because College is Expensive” Scholarship is open to high school sophomores and above, college students, and graduate school students."

The winner is determined by RANDOM DRAWING.

Money: "We are giving out four $500 awards, ending quarterly (March, June, September & December!)."

Contact: https://cedaredlending.com/scholarship/



Bold.org Scholarships

Bold.org is known, for at least, a couple scholarships.

PLEASE visit their website for UPDATES on the availability/changes to older and newer scholarships.


Forget Your Student Debt. No-Essay Grant.

Money: $ 500. (At one time, we believe this WAS $10,000, BUT current information says Five Hundred Dollars)



The $25,000 Be Bold No Essay Scholarship

Sponsor: Bold.org.

Eligibility Requirements: "The $25,000 "Be Bold" Scholarship is a no-essay scholarship that will be awarded to the applicant with the boldest profile. To us, boldest does not mean best, or most accomplished. Bold means being:




The scholarship will be awarded to the student whose profile is most bold, according to these characteristics."

PLEASE visit their website for MORE information needed to apply for this scholarship.

Money: $25,000. (Twenty Five Thousand Dollars)




Knoji Corporate Responsibility and Brand Values Scholarship (VIDEO)

Sponsor: Knoji.

Eligibility: "Create a short YouTube video (2 to 3 minutes in length, no longer than 5 minutes) to share your favorite brand which you think is having an awesome positive impact. Describe the brand, who they are, and what they're all about. Maybe you can influence other people to check them out! We'll share select videos on our social media channels to give their brand message greater exposure.

In your video, you must answer the following:

Money: $1,500.

Contact: https://knoji.com/scholarship/

FormSwift $1,000 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. 

Create a Business Plan Infographic about one of the following business industries for a chance to win the FormSwift Scholarship:

Money: $1,000.

Contact for MORE information: http://formswift.com/startup-scholarship


NICHE.com Scholarships

Sponsor: NICHE

$2,000 “NO ESSAY” MONTHLY Scholarship is open to all current students and those planning to enroll within 12 months. There are more requirements presented at their website.

"The $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is an easy scholarship with no essay required! The scholarship can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any education-related expenses. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced in Niche's e-newsletter and on the Scholarship Winners page. You can apply once each month, with a new winner selected every month."

NICHE will list more scholarships with different application requirements at https://www.niche.com/colleges/scholarships/


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: https://www.salliemae.com/scholarships/2k-scholarship/

There have been a some 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: https://www.salliemae.com/scholarships/2k-scholarship/.

Websites: https://www.salliemae.com/ is the main overall web page.

https://www.salliemae.com/scholarships/2k-scholarship leads you to some scholarship information.

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



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 and looks credible to list this scholarship for mothers, single or married.

Sponsor: FreeCollegeScholarships, LLC.

"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 provided a Scholarship for Dads. HOWEVER, as of 2018, their website says that Scholarships for Dads is NO LONGER available. The eligibility requirements for Scholarships for Dads were practically the same as for Scholarships for Moms, EXCEPT that you had to be a DAD. We will keep this Scholarships for Dads listed on our website for now. Maybe it will be funded at a later date.

Sponsor: is Free College Scholarship, LLC.

Money: $10,000


The Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

I am not sure if this scholarship is active. The date for application is 2019.

Please visit their website for more details about this scholarship contest. The topic of the video can change from year to year.

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







Do Something.org Scholarships

Sponsor: Dosomething.org.

Basically, you earn the right to 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 between 13 and 25 years old. This is for U.S. and Canadian citizens. A random drawing is part of the selection process.


  1. Sign up for a campaign.
  2. Complete the campaign (some take 5 minutes or less!).
  3. Upload a photo to show you completed the campaign."


Money: varies, but many scholarships are worth $2,000.

Contact: https://www.dosomething.org/us/about/easy-scholarships 


Create Real Impact Scholarship

Sponsor: Impact Teen Drivers.

Eligibility: PLEASE visit their website. A menu at the top of their web pages allows you to find a variety of information.

THERE is A LOT going on with the different categories that you can choose. PLEASE visit their website for MORE information. https://www.createrealimpact.com/#about.

The official rules can be downloaded in PDF format from one of their web pages such as https://www.createrealimpact.com/#rules.
It is IMPORTANT to read who is able to apply for these contests.

Basically, there are FOUR categories:

Money: VARIES.

Contact: https://www.createrealimpact.com/#intro


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