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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.

Dakota Corps Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2021
  • 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

Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2021
  • 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: Varies
  • 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

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Last Reviewed: July 2020

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