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Scholarship Contests & Sweepstakes

Scholarship contests and sweepstakes are some of the easiest and quickest ways to land money for college. They typically do not request your academic achievements, standardized test scores, or an essay. The requirements may be as simple as completing an online form, providing some contact information or answering some quick questions. That could mean a lot of scholarship money for little to no effort!

Be mindful that, due to the random selection process, you may be less likely to win. Your chances of winning a sweepstake or contest vary based on the number of applicants who enter each drawing.

As always, beware of scholarship scams. You should never have to pay a fee to win scholarships. Ultimately, someone has to win the sweepstakes, so if you're feeling lucky, consider applying for a chance to win! Check out some of our featured scholarship contests and sweepstakes that we think are worth a shot.

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"Species On The Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/19/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Conserve Wildlife Foundation invites high school students from across the state to submit an original social media campaign showing why wildlife is important to protect in New Jersey. The fun and educational "Species on the Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest capitalizes on high school students' expertise with social media platforms, and provides them with the opportunity to showcase their talent, [...] More

$1,000 School Survey Sweepstakes

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Review your school by completing our $1,000 School Survey Sweepstakes and be entered for a chance to win $1,000. Your responses are anonymous and will be displayed on Niche to help others find a school that's right for them. The sweepstakes winner will be determined by random drawing and then contacted directly and announced on the Scholarship Winners page. One entry per [...] More

A Voice for Animals Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • The Humane Education Network in partnership with the Animal Welfare Institute offers an Annual A Voice for Animals High School Contest. Participants must currently be attending middle or high school, or be home-schooled and under 19 years of age on the date, the contest opens for entries. The competition has sections for 14-15-year-old students and sections for 16-18-year-old students. [...] More

AEL Collegiate Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Americanism Educational Leaders, which supports this scholarship, strives to provide students with opportunities to discover, understand, and appreciate some aspect of the American experience. This year's essay contest prompt is "We are a nation rich in diversity of all types. Please discuss how this diversity contributes to American life." Applicant must be a U.S. citizen who is a current [...] More

AFSA High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • AFSA's annual contest has challenged high school students, whose parents are not members of the Foreign Service, from around the nation to explore and research some of the most difficult questions related to the Foreign Service and American diplomacy. The winner will receive $2,500, a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet a member of the State Department's leadership and a full scholarship for a [...] More

AFSA High School Senior Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • 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

Akron BBB's Laws of Life Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • Akron BBB's Laws of Life Essay Contest can be used to meet essay writing requirements of the Ohio English Language Arts Academic Content Standards and is aligned to Common Core. All high school students in grades 9-12 attending any high school in Ashland, Medina, Portage, Richland, Summit and Wayne Counties are eligible. All essays should be no more than three typed double-spaced pages and should [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association Second Chance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Second Chance College Scholarships Contest is open to citizens and aliens legally residing in the USA with high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Scholarship entries are only accepted online through the AFSA scholarship web site.
    Entrants must submit a completed entry form with all required information. Before college scholarship funds will be awarded, all information submitted on the entry [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge for high school students under age 20. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner [...] More

AMS Father James B. Macelwane Awards

  • Application Deadline: 6/5/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The recipient of the Father James B. Macelwane award will receive a stipend of $1000 supported by member donations to the AMS 100th Anniversary Campaign. The purpose of this award is to stimulate interest in meteorology among college students through the submission of original student papers concerned with some phase of the atmospheric sciences. The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at [...] More

BBB Educational Foundation College Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Educational Foundation of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois announces its 2020 video scholarship contest is now open and available to high school seniors and college students seeking funding for further education (community college, university, master’s level and trade schools). Steve Bernas, president and CEO of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern [...] 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, reside in Tennessee, Mississippi or [...] More

Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Brian Bolton Essay Contest for Graduate/“Older” Students is open to any graduate students through the age 30, or to undergraduate students ages 25-30 who attend a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate by spring or summer of the current year. Winners are announced in late September. For more information, or to apply, please visit [...] More

Cancer Unwrapped USA Writing Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The goal of Cancer Unwrapped Writing Contest is to provide teens with a place to tell their stories, whether it’s their own diagnosis or that of a loved one. The Cancer Unwrapped Teen Writing Contest invites high school students to submit essays about their experience with cancer for the opportunity to win cash prizes. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Catholic College Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/17/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Cardinal Newman Society is pleased to announce its fourth Annual Essay Scholarship Contest! The winner of the Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the faithful Catholic institutions recommended in The Newman Guide. In addition, several Catholic colleges have generously volunteered to award additional $5,000 grants for years 2-4, should the winner choose to attend [...] More

Chaffin Luhana Foundation Anti-Distracted Driving Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • One of the Chaffin Luhana Foundation’s missions is to drive down the staggering number of distracted driving accidents in the United States. The Foundation will be awarding a $2,500 scholarship to a student who helps us in this fight by submitting an inspiring personal essay. Must be currently registered at an accredited high school, college, or university in the Greater Pittsburgh area including [...] 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 contest is associated with the World’s Champion Duck Calling Contest and will take place on the Main Street Stage beside the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce. [...] More

Combat Anti-Semitism Venture Creative Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $50,000
  • Anti-Semitism is once again on the rise, just 75 years after the Holocaust. This irrational hatred of Jews and the world’s only Jewish state harms both innocent victims and perpetrators infected by bigotry. The resurgence of anti-Semitism poses a challenge to all people of conscience: How can we work together to stop anti-Semitism? This contest is crowd-sourcing new solutions to help end “the [...] More

Constituting America We The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: 9/17/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Constituting America "We The Future" Contest gives middle, high school and college students the opportunity to earn scholarship awards (middle school is a $200 gift card) by submitting entries in the following categories: Essay, Song, Entrepreneurial Plan, Short Film, PSA, STEM and Speech - all with the theme of the U.S. Constitution. Students also win a Mentor Trip and national publicity for [...] More

Create Real Impact

  • Application Deadline: 3/19/2021
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Do you want to help us save lives and win money at the same time? With our Create Real Impact Contest you can do just that. The Create Real Impact Contest opens Monday, January 13th. The Spring contest will end Thursday, March 19th, at 6:00 p.m. PST. The objective of this contest is to give young people ages 14-22 an outlet to showcase their creative solution or strategy to end reckless and [...] More

DAR Good Citizen Award

  • Application Deadline: 2/10/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934 recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.
    For more information, or to apply, please visit [...] More

David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color is open to minority students aged 17-21, who are either high school seniors who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall, or who are currently enrolled (if you are graduating from college/university in the spring or summer of the current year, you are also eligible). Winners are announced in late [...] More

Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • In order to apply for the Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) Scholarship Essay Contest, applicants must submit a 500-word to 800-word essay. Party affiliation, gender and personal politics are immaterial. Each essay is scored based on content and strength of argument vice a participant's personal position. The essay will use blind scoring. The winner will be invited to read his/her essay at the [...] More

DNA Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. DNA Day is April 25 each year. This contest is open to students in grades 9-12 worldwide and asks students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to be well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2021
  • 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: 2/4/2021
  • 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: 1/31/2021
  • 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: 2/1/2021
  • 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

Flag House Scholarship Award and Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2021
  • Amount: $1,812
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore Maryland is a National Historic Landmark and the historic home of Mary Pickersgill, the craftswoman of the Star-Spangled Banner Flag that flew over Ft.McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired Francis Scott Key's words to the National Anthem. On Flag Day, Friday, June 14th, the Flag House will award the seventh annual Flag House Scholar Award and [...] More

Fourth Circuit Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: “How has the right to freedom of speech established for public school students in the Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines evolved in the 50 years since it was decided?” The contest is open to students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. For [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • FRA 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. The grand national winner will receive $5,000, with additional prizes for [...] More

Free Speech Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The mission of FIRE is to defend and sustain individual rights at America’s colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience—the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity. In addition to defending the rights of students and faculty, FIRE works to educate students and the general public on the [...] More

Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The American Galvanizers Associations (AGA) Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship is available to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university in North America studying architecture, civil [...] More

GRHS Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • 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

Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is pleased to announce the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award. Named for the late award-winning poet and Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks, the contest promotes creative writing, encourages local writers and provides a unique opportunity for recognizing new literary talent in the state. The award for first [...] 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

Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student essay contest. Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. The essay contest is open to students worldwide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA. Students must be enrolled full-time or [...] 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

KSCPP Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/12/2021
  • Amount: $800
  • To foster the understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, KSCPP is hosting its national essay contest and it is open to middle and high school students. The entrants are required to read Chung Hyo Ye, Tales of filial devotion, loyalty, respect and benevolence from the history and folklore of Korea published by KSCPP. For more information, or to apply, please visit the [...] More

L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of The Future Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • Amount: $5,500
  • L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrators of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new science fiction and fantasy artists worldwide. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All judging by professional artists only. $1,500 in prizes each quarter. Quarterly winners compete for $5,000 additional annual prize! If you have not read the contest rules, please do so before applying. The [...] 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

Law Day 2020 College Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Students in the 12th grade attending public or private school in Brazoria County and/or residing in Brazoria County are invited to take part in the essay contest where at least one scholarship worth at least $1,000 will be awarded. The essay must be written in response to the following prompt: "In 750 words or less, explain the importance of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which guarantees and [...] More

Lawrence G. Smith Writing Contest

  • Application Deadline: 8/23/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This scholarship is a writing contest awarded to the student that can write the best, "Once upon a time..." fictional short story. The story must be between 500-1,000 words. This award will be given to the student who best captures imagination and adventure through creative storytelling and writing. This scholarship honors the loving memory of Lawrence G. Smith who left a legacy of storytelling [...] 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

LGBTQ Scholarship For Senior High School Students

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • A $500.00 college scholarship will be awarded to an entering college freshman and made out to the entering college in the winning student's name. A letter will follow to the college explaining the essay contest and scholarship award.
    Applicants must submit their essay of no less than 1,000 words on or before the 1st Thursday in August (you may feel free to submit it at our regularly scheduled [...] More

Live Deliberately Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world ages 14-18* to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year's quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use [...] More

Live Poets Society of New Jersey - National High School Poetry Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $500
  • All U.S. high school students are eligible to enter the poetry contest. That eligibility is continuous until June 30 of their senior year. Poems must be 20 lines or less (title and spaces between stanzas do not count), unpublished, the sole work of the entrant, and not be entered in any other concurrent contest. Only poems written in the English language can be judged. Foreign phrases are [...] More

Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. The Lucie Foundation offers three cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers - one $2,500 scholarship with an open theme and two $1,000 scholarships for photographers working in the fields of fine art or [...] More

MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is a contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it's like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in the industry. The Challenge awards $100,000. 11th and 12th graders from anywhere in the United States, [...] More

Michael Hakeem Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking College Students

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The Michael Hakeem Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking College Students is open to all ongoing undergraduate college students up to age 24 already attending a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer of the current year. Winners are announced in August. For more information, or to apply, please visit [...] More

Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • 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: 3/2/2021
  • 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

Muslim American Journeys Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Muslim American Journeys Scholarship competition is open to young storytellers pursuing higher education as a means to build stronger communities, cultivate diverse perspectives, and enact positive change. This scholarship aims to empower rising leaders to pursue these objectives, while continuing to shape the diverse fabric of American society. Applicants must submit a short essay (400-1,000 [...] More

Nashville Songwriting Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Nashville Songwriting Scholarship is an annual competition established to support aspiring country music artists nationwide. A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best original song in any of the following genres: Americana, blues, bluegrass, contemporary Christian, country, folk, and roots. The contest is open to students between the ages of 17 and 24, who are enrolled in any college [...] More

National High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/6/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The American Foreign Service Association (AFSA)’s National High School Essay Contest encourages students to think about how and why the United States engages globally to build peace, and about the role that the Foreign Service plays in advancing U.S. national security and economic prosperity.The scholarship is available to all high school students attending school in the United States regardless [...] More

National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 10/31/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • If you’re thinking about how to pay for college next year -- Think Rice -- because the National Rice Month (NRM) Scholarship video contest is here. And it’s easy to participate! If you’re a high school graduating student from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, or Texas, submit a three-minute video that creates awareness and promotes U.S.-grown rice, September National Rice [...] More

National WWII Museum Middle & High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/27/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • For its student essay contest, The National WWII Museum is asking middle school (grades 5–8) and high school students (grades 9–12) to consider Judge Jackson’s speech. This is NOT a research paper, and the best essays will NOT be summaries of the past 75 years of American history or international legal precedents. Your essay will be judged foremost for its originality, clarity of expression, and [...] 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

NFWL Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/19/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • For more than 20 years, the National Foundation for Women Legislators has hosted the Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest, which provides six female high school juniors or seniors a $3,000 college scholarship, an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL's Annual Conference, and an award that is presented at the event. Applicants for the scholarship must be nominated by July 19 and [...] More

NFWL/NRA Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/20/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • For over 20 years, the National Foundation for Women Legislators has hosted the Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest, which provides six female high school juniors or seniors a college scholarship, an all-expense-paid trip to NFWL’s Annual Conference, and an award that is presented at the event. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2020
  • 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

North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/19/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Poster Contest is open to all Michigan residents enrolled in grades 9 through 12. The NAIAS will choose winners in 16 categories and provide over $6,000 in scholarship money. Winners will be on display at the NAIAS. Posters must be original artwork, approximately 18" x 24" in size and have an automotive, Detroit, or NAIAS related theme. [...] More

NPG Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/19/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • NPG, a national membership organization devoted to population issues, invites students to compete in our annual essay scholarship contest. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident who is a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore, or junior enrolled in an official undergraduate program of study for the upcoming fall semester. For more information, or to check [...] 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

Ocean Awareness Student Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join thousands of youth around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis and potential solutions, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, [...] More

One Earth Film Festival Young Filmmakers Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/5/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is open to students from third grade through college. Each film submission is based on one or several of the following topics: water, waste, food, transportation, energy, open space and ecosystems. All entries must be between 3 and 8 minutes in length. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 9/27/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • ADL Midwest invites 6th – 12th grade students in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to participate in the Our First Amendment Freedoms Art & Essay Contest! First Place winners in each grade category will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Second Place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Plus, the teacher with the most entries will receive $1,000! For more [...] More

peermusic Latin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/15/2021
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Established by music publisher Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic, the peermusic Latin Scholarship competition annually awards a $5,000 scholarship for the best original song or instrumental composition in any Latin genre. The contest is open to students between the ages of 17 and 24, who are enrolled in any college or university located in the United States and Puerto Rico. [...] 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

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest is held annually, with a new Abraham Lincoln related prompt each year. Applying students must be full-time undergraduate students in an American college or university during the spring semester proceeding the deadline for the year the award is offered. Entries must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. You do not have to be an American citizen, but you do [...] More

Poetry Out Loud Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization, and performance. The inspiration for this program is to promote poetry in both the classroom and the community. Poetry Out Loud provides an entry point for many students to learn to love poetry and keep their favorite poems for a lifetime.
    The National Endowment for the Arts and the [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2021
  • 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: 3/14/2021
  • 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 (but may attend school in another county). Must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate. For more information or [...] More

PSR/Sacramento High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2021
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility High School Scholarship Essay Contest is open to high school seniors in Sacramento County and surrounding counties (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, or Yuba). A total of $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 10 winners. To enter the SR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest, [...] More

Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The annual Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. Essays are judged on the depth of their content, mastery of the topic and the skill with which they are written. Entries are open to all high school juniors and seniors. The grand prize is a $2000 scholarship and trip [...] More

Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The American Galvanizers Association's (AGA) Galvanize the Future: A Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship essay contest was developed to assist future specifiers with the rising cost of a college education. The scholarship is open to full- or part-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited college or university studying architecture, civil engineering, structural [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • 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

Simplr Artificial Intelligence and Technology Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $7,500
  • Simplr is offering a $7,500 scholarship to a passionate and deserving student who submits a winning essay in our specialized scholarship contest encompassing artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain technology and Intellectual Property (IP) law. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student who is pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Computer [...] More

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2021
  • Amount: $1,812
  • The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore Maryland is a National Historic Landmark and the historic home of Mary Pickersgill, the woman who sewed the Star-Spangled Banner. The Star-Spangled Banner is the giant American flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem when it flew at Ft. McHenry during the War of 1812. This year on Flag Day, Wednesday, June 14th, the Flag [...] More

Stuck At Prom Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/8/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Duck Brand's Stuck at Prom will have two grand prize winners. Use your imagination to create Duck Tape prom fashions in either the "dress" or "tux" category for a chance to win $10,000. By allowing contestants to enter as individuals rather than a couple, we hope to see even more creative styles. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and [...] 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 Christophers Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/17/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • College students are invited to create a film or video (5 minutes or less in length) that best communicates the message and mission of The Christophers and its belief that one person can make a difference. Entries can express this theme in any genre or shooting style, but must be submitted online below. Entrants must be enrolled in and attending undergraduate or graduate college classes, full or [...] More

The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Introduction
    The ExpressVPN Future of Privacy Scholarship was created to raise awareness of internet privacy and security.

    As internet-ready devices proliferate in classrooms worldwide, so do threats to the privacy of the individuals who use them.

    Students are taking notice, and are quickly becoming the most savvy users of these technologies.

    With the new decade bringing with it [...] More

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2021
  • 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

Thomas F. Garrett Negro League Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/4/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • SABR's Negro Leagues Committee will award $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors in its annual Thomas R. Garrett Scholarship essay contest. Students must write a 1,200-word essay answering a question related to one of the Negro League figures who are the namesakes of the scholarships. Open to any senior attending any college in the upcoming school year. Each scholarship requires an essay, [...] More

Utah Financial Literacy Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2020
  • Amount: $1,250
  • The Utah Jump$tart Coalition works to promote adequate funding of financial literacy education in Utah and to increase cooperation between schools, businesses and community organizations. Financial literacy education is a long term effort with a lasting impact that requires a coordinated effort to produce long term success.
    In cooperation with America First Credit Union, the Utah Jump$tart [...] More

Walgreens Expressions Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Are you currently a high school teen in the Chicago or St. Louis area? Do you have an opinion about Sexting, Self-Esteem, Bullying, Teen Pregnancy, STD prevention, Abstinence, or Sexual Responsibility Awareness or maybe something else? Have you ever talked about these issues with your friends? What are your thoughts on these topics? How would you creatively express your perspective to educate [...] More

We The Students Scholarship Contest - Win Up to $7,500

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $7,500
  • Civil discourse is a concept that goes beyond a simple dictionary definition, and understanding it involves a combination of personal experience and "big ideas." For this essay, we ask you not only share your comprehension of what civil discourse is meant to be but to also relate what it looks like when it works – and when it doesn’t – and why. Perhaps you will choose to include mention of a time [...] More

William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,500
  • The William J. Schulz Memorial Essay Contest for College-Bound High School Seniors is open to seniors who will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Winners will be announced in July. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s [...] More

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Scholarship Deadlines Extended Due to COVID-19

April 2, 2020

by Izzy Hall

Just as schools have closed their doors due to coronavirus, charities and non-profit organizations have had to shutter down. While they might suspend board meetings, community fundraisers or award ceremonies, chances are they haven't shut down their scholarship offerings - in fact, many non-profits have extended their scholarship application windows from mid- or late March into April, May or even June. If you've been applying for scholarships this spring and missed out on some March or early April deadlines, check your account - you may find that some scholarships have had their due dates pushed back, giving you more time to submit an application. [...]

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Coronavirus Impact on SAT, ACT, and AP Testing

March 26, 2020

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

As a high school student in the midst of the standardized testing season and living through the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be wondering what the future holds for standardized test scores, AP courses, and the college admissions process. A recent survey conducted by The College Board revealed than 91 percent of 18,000 polled enrollees still want to take their AP tests. In fact, in 900 pages of comments responding to the AP survey, AP students "begged to be allowed at least one championship bout with an AP test." [...]

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