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Scholarship contests and sweepstakes typically do not request your academic achievements, standardized test scores or financial needs. However, you are less likely to win because of the random selection process. Your chances of winning a sweepstakes vary based on the number of applicants who enter each drawing. Requirements may be as simple as sending off an email or completing an online form, and you will not be asked to come up with an essay.

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Someone has to win the sweepstakes, so if you’re feeling lucky, consider applying for a chance to win! Beware of scholarship scams. You should never have to pay a processing fee to win money. Check out our examples of scholarship contests and sweepstakes that we think are worth a shot.

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition was established to reward students that seek to increase their knowledge and understanding of how Cross-Connection Control and Backflow Prevention help ensure safe drinking water. Backflow Prevention is designed to prevent dangerous - and sometimes fatal - bacteria, chemicals, and other harmful agents from entering the local water [...] More

AFSA High School Senior Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The American Fire Sprinkler Association Scholarship Program helps with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. The contest is open to high school seniors who will enroll in the semester beginning no later than the upcoming fall semester. Home-schooled students may apply as long as your course of study is equivalent to that of a senior in high school. For more information [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest; eligible participants must be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. The curriculum of the school must be considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade 9, and terminating with grade 12. The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. [...] More

Americanism Education Leaders Collegiate Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Americanism Educational Leaders and Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce its annual collegiate essay contest. The mission of AEL is in its strong belief in "American exceptionalism", i.e., that our country is exceptional in the history of the world. All of our programs are meant to encourage students to learn about, understand, and appreciate some aspect of the American [...] More

Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in wildlife conservation and related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has been in effect for several years now. Applicants must be a high school senior preparing to enter freshman year of college or university. Students attending school within a 75 [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/23/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID.
    The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500. The scholarship [...] More

Clearasil Teacher Truths $5,000 Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 10/23/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • A Teacher Truth is your teacher's perspective on acne and high school. Teachers are trapped in school: they understand what teenagers go through because they see it happen all the time. This means they can help put the hard stuff (like acne and homework) into perspective. If you post a picture of your teacher's Teacher Truth, you could win a $5,000 scholarship. For more information, or to apply, [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Need money to help with college expenses? Passionate about litter prevention in your community? Enter the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest for a chance to win a $6,000 grand prize scholarship or one of two $2,000 scholarship awards! Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors [...] More

Doodle 4 Google Competition

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2020
  • Amount: $30,000
  • Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the Doodle 4 Google contest. From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is a contest designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a preselected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The contest is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking [...] More

Drive2Life Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/4/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Challenge your students to enter the Drive2Life Contest by creating a script or storyboard for a 30-second public service announcement (PSA). Applicants must be in grades 6-12 and must create a storyboard or written script on 8.5x11-inch paper for a 30-second public service announcement. The grand prize will be a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to New York city, where the winner will film the PSA. [...] More

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

  • Application Deadline: 2/2/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards are for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 300 awards in this year's contest. Any child or grandchild (or step-child, step-grandchild, or legal ward) of a living Elk who joined the order on or before April 1, 2009, or a charter member of a Lodge that was instituted on or after April 1, 2009, are eligible to [...] More

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Competition

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $50,000
  • The Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a U.S. citizen. The Elks National Foundation will award 500 prestigious, four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the competition. Applicants cannot be related to a member of the Elks. Males and females compete separately. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More

EngineerGirl Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • For the EngineerGirl Essay Contest, "Imagine that you are an engineer working with an organization to implement your proposed solution. Write a project summary for the organization's public relations (PR) department. Describe the solution in detail and explain what is new or novel about your approach. Identify who would be involved in the design, testing, manufacturing, and distribution stages of [...] More

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests are open to all high school seniors who graduate in spring and will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Fill out the application and submit your essay no later than midnight, June 1st. Winners will be announced in July. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • RA sponsors an annual essay contest to promote the spirit of Americanism and patriotism among our country's youth. FRA's Americanism Essay Contest is open to all students, grades 7 through 12, including those who are home-schooled. Students are invited to submit a 350-word essay through an FRA member or local FRA branch. Local winners are forwarded for competition at the regional level and [...] More

Glenn Miller Scholarship Competition

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Clarinda's Glenn Miller Birthplace Society is offering scholarships of $3,000, $2,000 & $1,000 to instrumentalists. The vocal scholarships will also be $3,000, $2,000 & $1,000. These scholarships, which are awarded without regard to any other award, may be used for any education-related expense. It is not the purpose of this competition to select Glenn Miller look-alikes or sound-alikes, nor is [...] More

GRHS Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • An International GRHS Essay Contest, sponsored by the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, will be held to encourage students from around the world to learn about the history and culture of the German-Russians, people who emigrated from Germany into Russia during the 18th and 19th centuries. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • IAPMO formed the foundation - the International Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH) - to help provide safe access to clean water and sanitation systems. How would you promote the IWSH projects and what slogan would you use do to so? Students must be a current high school senior; or enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in an accredited technical school, community college, trade [...] More

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2021
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, [...] More

Kansas Financial Scholars Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The competition is open to any public, private or home schooled Kansas high school Senior who is planning to attend a Kansas technical school, trade school, college or university. The Kansas Securities Commissioner and Bank Commissioner are partnering to award five scholarships in the amount of $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, and $500 to five eligible Kansas seniors. Up to four (4) $250 honorable [...] More

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of The Future Contest is an ongoing merit competition for new and amateur aspiring writers. Run on a quarterly basis, an eligible entry is any previously unpublished short story or novelette (under 17,000 words) of science fiction or fantasy. There will be three cash prizes in each quarter: a first place prize of $1,000, a second place prize of $750, and a third place [...] More

Leadership Speech Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,500
  • Our nationwide speech contest promotes an understanding of Leadership among our nation's high school students, and encourages the development vital communication skills. Students research, write and deliver a four to six minute speech on the topic of Leadership. Speeches will be delivered at an NMA meeting, where cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants. Winner advances to [...] More

Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts, with the Education Committee, has a scholarship program for high school seniors in the State of Missouri who are planning to attend a college or university. This contest requires an essay on a topic relating to the Mayflower Pilgrims. The Scholarships presently offered include one-time awards of $1500, $1000, and $500, [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2020
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students. The Foundation also issues grants to a wide variety of educational, scientific [...] More

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Sponsored by the National Federation of State High School Associations, this year's essay theme is: Be Someone's Hero - Stand up to Hazing. Applicants must be high school students and a U.S. Citizen and/or resident. Essays become the property of HPO and may be used in print, digital and web-based promotional materials by HPO and/or the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS). [...] More

NDS Kildee Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The top 25 All-American contestants in the past three National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contests plus the Platinum winners in the past three National Dairy Challenge Contests are eligible to apply for up to two $3,000 scholarships for postgraduate study in a dairy-related field. Students may apply for the scholarship in their junior or senior year of college. The awards are base on rank in [...] More

NDS Kildee Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • In 1999, National Dairy Shrine established an undergraduate scholarship ($1,000) to be awarded to a junior/senior status college student working toward a Bachelor of Science in Dairy/Animal Science or has a major emphasis on dairy through another major. Only the Top 25 individuals in either the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest or the National FFA Dairy Cattle Evaluation Contest are eligible to [...] More

NDS Student Recognition Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward graduating university or four-year college seniors who are planning a career related to the dairy industry or production agriculture and who have demonstrated leadership skills, activities, academic ability and interest in the dairy industry. Each university can nominate up to two students for this award. Only two applicants per college or [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund sponsors a scholarly writing contest for grades K-12. The theme for the essay is "What Does The Second Amendment Mean to You?" Essays will be judged in two categories: Senior (grades 9-12) and junior (grades 8 and below), with separate cash prizes awarded to the winners in each category. First place cash prizes are $1,000, $600 for second place, $200 for third [...] More

NSSAR George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all high school students (9th through 12th grades) interested in the American Revolution to participate in the George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools in that same grade range. To participate, students must submit an [...] More

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest awards five high school juniors or seniors a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics Library for their school. Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year's competition book. The contest is open to 11th [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • For both the high school and college contests, the first-place winner will receive a scholarship in the amount of $5,000. The second-place finisher will receive $2,000. Third-place finisher will receive $1,000. Applicants must create a video designed to motivate, persuade and encourage your peers to not drive distracted. You have a unique opportunity to play a key role in spreading this important [...] More

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or fewer responding to an essay prompt provided at the PARC website. Applicants must be high school seniors who are a resident of Placer, Nevada or El Dorado County, CA (can attend school in another county). Must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate. For more information, or to [...] More

Riding Forward Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/25/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Black History Month Campaign, "Black History is Our History" begins in January and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans, who move us forward today. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/10/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Enter the Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting an original project about the dangers of drunk driving or distracted driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time. Creative projects may include posters, paintings, drawings, t-shirts, public service announcements, videos, recorded songs, and more. Entries will be judged on whether the [...] More

Science Without Borders Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 4/20/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation's Science without Borders Challenge is an international art competition that encourages students to pursue the preservation, protection, and restoration of the world's oceans and aquatic resources.
    The Science without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. SWB Challenge [...] More

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The International Bipolar Foundation Annual High School Essay Contest is open to all high school students, ages 13 to 19.
    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Negro Leagues Committee (NLC) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is pleased to announce their essay-writing contest for high school seniors. There will be one $1,000 scholarship and one $500 award for special
    recognition from SABR and the Crutchfield Foundation. Applicants must write an essay of 1,200 words or less for the following question: "Who is Jimmie Crutchfield and [...] More

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/13/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship was established in 2001 as a bequest of pianist, Lucia A. Wright, a member in good standing for fifty-five years. This scholarship competition is open to all residents of the State of Maine.
    Applicants must be above the age of 17 and be registered as music majors in the fall at any accredited music school, college, or university. For more information or to [...] More

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $15,000
  • Learning to drive is one of the coolest times for a teen. But facts have shown it can be extremely dangerous. You have the power to inspire your fellow teens, maybe better than a teacher or a parent can, because you know what messages will be the most powerful. Create a 30-60 second video for your fellow teen drivers that highlights the importance of safe teen driving. Your video's message should [...] More

WIIT Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Our merit-based scholarships are awarded twice per year to support and encourage women studying International Trade and Global Development. Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in undergraduate or enrolled in graduate studies.
    Awards ($1,500) will be based [...] More

Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $7,500
  • Are you a Wisconsin high school senior athlete with big plans for the future? As part of our Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest, we've helped some of the top student-athletes across the state reach their academic and athletic goals - and we're here to help you reach yours too! You must be a second semester senior in high school, have participated in a WIAA-sanctioned sport during his/her [...] More

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Young Christian Leaders (YCL) Scholarships are monthly awards of $1,000 given to high school seniors and/or currently enrolled full-time college undergraduates who have been endorsed by their peers, family and spiritual leaders as a person possessing a profound measure of character, commitment to service, and financial need. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest invites filmmakers under 19 years old to submit a four-minute film on a specific topic. Each film must be accompanied by an artist’s statement discussing the elements that speak to these or other reflective questions about the limits of protest. Be thoughtful, be creative and be original.
    The top three winners receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and [...] More

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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.

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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. [...]

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