No Essay Scholarships

Similar to conducting a free scholarship search, applying for no essay scholarships is one of the easiest ways to land free money for college. Scholarships that do not require essays generally require less effort, but your chances at winning scholarships are lower than standard ones because you're competing against a larger applicant pool. If you are interested in no essay scholarships, you may also be interested in easy scholarships.

Although essays are not a requirement, some no essay scholarship applications may call for a video, artwork, music or other work samples/presentations in lieu of a scholarship essay. This may be ideal for those who better express and exemplify themselves in ways other than through essays. In this respect, no essay scholarships are not necessarily "no effort" scholarships; they just require a different kind of application and effort. On the other hand, if you are a student who enjoys writing, you will want to check out these essay scholarships.

No essay scholarships also exist in the form of scholarship surveys or scholarship sweepstakes, where it can be as straightforward as entering your name and email address or answering simple questions for a chance to win a scholarship. Be cautious of where you find these no essay scholarships - as they may be scholarship scams - and considering applying to legitimate scholarships from reputable scholarship search sites, such as Scholarships.com.

$10,000 Scholarship - ScholarshipPoints.com

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • ScholarshipPoints is free to join, fun to participate in, and provides you with the opportunity to win thousands of dollars in scholarships. The ScholarshipPoints program is the only place you can win a $10,000 scholarship - no GPA, no essay, and no hassle! The more points you earn, the more chances you have to win this scholarship. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United [...] More

Course Hero $50K Cash Sweepstakes

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Sweepstakes cash awards and prizes change frequently and range from $5K to $50K and from Apple AirPods to iMacs. No essay required. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Dakota Corps Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Dakota Corps Scholarship Program was created by Gov. Rounds for South Dakota's high school graduates who have a minimum 2.8 GPA and a composite ACT score of 27 or greater (or the SAT equivalent). Applicants must agree to stay in South Dakota and work in a critical need occupation after graduation for as many years as the scholarship was received, plus one year. Applicants must plan to attend [...] More

DoSomething Teens for Jeans Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/29/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Are you 25 years old or younger and live in the US or Canada (or are a citizen of either country, but living abroad), interested in volunteering, and looking for scholarship opportunities? Enter to win by doing community service. No essays, no GPA requirements, no recommendations, no applications. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s [...] More

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

  • Application Deadline: 10/17/2020
  • Amount: $100,000
  • For years, this prestigious program has awarded millions of dollars in tuition to students across the country. Students must be a legal resident of the U.S., may not be an active NCAA collegiate athlete in any sport nor played professional, semi-professional, or Division I collegiate football at any time. No essay required. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • 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. The contest is open to all high school and college students; [...] More

Register to Win $500 Monthly Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/30/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Scholarships.com offers its own easy scholarship: Register to Win $500 Monthly Scholarship. No essay or GPA requirements needed. Must be a Scholarships.com registered user in the U.S. in order to apply. Open to all ages. All you need to do is spend a few minutes creating a profile at Scholarships.com to be entered for a chance to win a $500 scholarship. If you already have an account, just log [...] More

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/23/2021
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Live Más Scholarship is not based on your grades or how well you play sports. No essay required, no test scores, no right or wrong answers. We're looking for the next generation of innovators, creators, and dreamers. Submit a video (2 minutes or less in length) that tells us the story of your life's passion. It could be a short film, animation or just a simple testimonial. This is not about [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

McDonald's, Ivy Tech Team Up on College Tuition Assistance Program

January 23, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

More than 300 McDonald's locations will participate in the new Archways to Opportunity education program which - through its partnership with Indiana's community college system - will help its employees afford college tuition. McDonald's employees who work a minimum 15 hours per week for 90 days can receive up to $2,500 in college tuition assistance each year - or $3,000 per year for managers - at 18 Ivy Tech Community College campuses located in Indiana.

[...]

Get Paid to Play in College with ESA Esports Scholarships

January 21, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced its first Esports scholarship, expanding its 20-year-old scholarship program to include Esports competitors in college, according to Polygon. The ESA Esports scholarship program is "intended to elevate the participation of women and minorities" who currently "account for a very small percentage of Esports scholarship recipients. Therefore, in order to be eligible for the ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Arts Scholarship, you must either be a woman or minority and pursuing a degree leading to a career in computer and video game arts and sciences. Current high school seniors, college freshman, sophomore and juniors who are U.S. citizens may apply for the ESA Esports scholarship. Applicants must also be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program at an accredited four (4) year college or university in the upcoming fall semester in order to be considered. All scholarship applications are due March 2, 2020 at 11:59 PST. Applicants will receive results by mid-June and funds will be issued to scholarship winners by end of August. [...]

Biggest / Largest Dollar Scholarships in 2020

January 16, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

When it comes to large dollar scholarships, mo' money means fewer problems in paying your college tuition bill. The average student will land between $1,000 and $5,000 in college scholarships after investing a decent amount of time and effort into applying for scholarships. Even smaller scholarships worth $500 are enough to cover books and fees, even if they aren't enough to foot an entire semester’s college tuition bill. [...]

Last Reviewed: January 2020

Scholarships by Type