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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.

"Species On The Edge 2.0" Social Media Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/19/2018
  • 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

AAA South Jersey Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • AAA South Jersey is sponsoring its annual essay contest for local high school seniors, with the grand prize being a $5,000 scholarship toward a two-or-four year accredited educational institution.

    The contest is open to all high school seniors attending school in Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester or Salem counties. Entry forms are available at AAA South Jersey offices in Voorhees, Sewell, Logan [...] More

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The prestigious contest encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America's best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service.

    This year, we throw the spotlight on a clear and present challenge: The growing number of refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. The contest challenges students to imagine themselves as [...] More

AFSA High School Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/7/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. In addition, AFSA wants to educate the public at-large about the life-saving properties of automatic fire sprinklers. If you meet the contest requirements and want to learn a little during the process, please enter and good [...] More

American Fire Sprinkler Association Second Chance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/29/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students. To enter, you must read the "Fire Sprinkler Essay" about automatic fire sprinklers and complete the registration online. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $19,500
  • 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 that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation's laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, [...] More

American Society of Human Genetics Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/11/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 11th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.

    The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts [...] More

Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • 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

Arizona Milk Producers Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2018
  • Amount: $12,000
  • Is Your 'Stache Worth the Cash? Dairy plays such an important role in fueling active minds and bodies. Now, dairy can also help you earn a college scholarship. Simply take a picture of your best milk mustache for the chance to win. Make sure a dairy product (milk, cheese, yogurt) is visible along with your mustache. The contest is open to students who are 17 years of age or older and are (or will [...] More

Bird Dog Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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. This contest was created in the hopes that it would enhance scholarly training and education in wildlife and wildlife conservation as well [...] More

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/25/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Chick & Sophie Major Memorial Scholarship Duck Calling Contest is open to any high school senior in the United States who can call ducks. During its 38-year history, the renowned contest has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to young duck callers attending 32 different colleges and universities in 13 different states. The competition will be held on November 25 at 11:00 a.m. The [...] More

City of Houston Public Service Recognition Week Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/20/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The City of Houston invites Houston area high school seniors at both public and private schools to participate in the annual Public Service Recognition Week Essay Contest. Seniors can earn up to $2,000 for college, gain a deeper understanding about the local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston.

    Essay contest participants are asked to [...] More

Create Real Impact Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/6/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America. Create Real Impact wants you to create and promote innovative and effective SOLUTIONS to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video). There are a total of 9 awards, ranging from $500 to $1500. The focus is on solutions to reckless and distracted driving. While [...] More

Dartmouth International Science and Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 10/5/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • Welcome to the International Science and Essay Contest. This contest is open to any student in grades 9-12 interested in science and writing.

    This year's prompt: "From atoms to organisms, from the biosphere to the entire universe, math and science can be found at every size. Describe a natural phenomenon, technological advancement, or scientific discovery by its microscopic and macroscopic [...] More

Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/26/2018
  • Amount: $6,000
  • 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

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

  • Application Deadline: 3/3/2018
  • 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: 2/3/2018
  • 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) to help prevent distracted walking. 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 to help prevent distracted driving. The grand prize will be a $1,000 [...] More

Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest challenges students to create prom outfits using Duck Tape and wear them to prom for a chance to win scholarship cash. Legal residents of the United States and Canada, including the District of Columbia, but excluding Maryland, Vermont, Colorado and the Province of Quebec, who are at least 14 years of age or older can apply. You must also attend a high [...] 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

ENF Legacy Awards

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Legacy Awards are for children and grandchildren of Elks members. The Foundation will offer a total of up to 250 awards in this year's contest.

    Eligibility:
    -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, is eligible to apply. [...] More

EngineerGirl Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • -Elementary school students (grades 3-5); Essays must be 400 to 700 words.

    "Imagine that you are an engineer. Identify an organization that might implement your proposed solution and write a letter to the leader of that organization. In your letter, describe your proposed solution in detail, explain how it should be implemented, and discuss why it is important to implement. To strengthen your [...] More

Festa Queen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 7/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Festa Italiana Scholarship is open to all young women of Italian descent between the ages of 16 and 22. Festa Queen candidates are evaluated on an application, essay, oral interview and participation during the Festa Italiana to be held in August at the Croatian Festival Grounds in Sacramento. The Festa Queen will receive a cash award and a free language class from the Sacramento Italian [...] More

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Freedom From Religion Foundation congratulates the 16 college-bound high school seniors who won this year's essay competition. FFRF has offered essay competitions to college students since 1979, high school students since 1994 and graduate students since 2010. Seniors were asked to pick from two topics: "The challenges of growing up a freethinker," or "Why Boy Scouts of America should welcome [...] More

FRA Americanism Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/1/2018
  • 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: 3/1/2018
  • 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

Gospel Fest Music Arts Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • Ms. Hill has been the driving force behind bring the Annual Gospel Fest held each year at Ojibway Island that attracts 1,000 to 2,000 people annually. This event provides a safe place where all people of multi-cultural backgrounds and race come together and enjoy without the threat of violence. It also provides musical entertainment by some of the best artists in the country, a place to bridge [...] More

GRHS Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • 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. Today, in the USA, Canada, and other countries in the Western [...] More

Growing Up Asian in America Art & Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

    Eligibility:
    -Be Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese or other Asian/Pacific Islander, multi-cultural ethnicity
    -Grades K-12
    -Live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, [...] More

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about the progress their tribal communities have made and how their tribal communities can keep moving forward.

    The contest is designed to encourage young Native American writers to explore their heritage while becoming positive [...] More

IFI Fatherhood Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • "What My Father Means To Me" is this year's theme for the essays. We guarantee every essay submitted will be read at least once if not multiple times. All students submitting an essay through their school will receive a Certificate of Participation and a coupon sheet, which includes discounts on events and merchandise, and specially priced Chicago White Sox tickets. One hundred fifty-six (156) [...] More

International Bipolar Foundation Annual High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • IBPF offers an annual high school essay contest each spring on a topic related to bipolar disorder and mental health stigma. It is open to all high school students, aged 13 - 19 years. Essays will become property of International Bipolar Foundation and will not be returned. Contestant agrees to allow International Bipolar Foundation to publicize essay. For more information or to apply, please [...] More

IPO Education Foundation IP Video Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation IP Video Contest is open to individuals who reside in the fifty United States, including the District of Columbia, and territories and possession of the United States, ages 13 and older. Contestants will be judged according to their age group: 13-15 years-old, 16-18 years-old, and 19 and over. There will be two winners in the 13-15 and [...] More

IWSH Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • 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

JEA National High School Journalist of the Year Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Sister Rita Jeanne Scholarships - named for the Journalism Education Association's long-time treasurer - recognize some of the top high school journalists in the country. The contest begins at the state level. Winning digital portfolios from the state High School Journalist of the Year competitions are sent via national application form to the national contest. Winners announced at the JEA/NSPA [...] More

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/4/2018
  • 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: 4/3/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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 mention awards will also be issued.

    Eligibility:
    -Any public, private or homeschooled Kansas high school senior
    -Must be planning to attend a Kansas technical school, [...] 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: 12/31/2017
  • 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

Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/23/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Illinois students in grades 7-12 are invited to address the theme "From Observer to Upstander: When Conscience Motivates Action." This is a unique opportunity to focus on those who listen to their moral compass and act to help those who are being persecuted.

    Entries may take the form of 2-dimensional artwork, poetry, fictional short story, or musical composition. Submissions should draw from [...] More

Mariah's Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Mariah's Challenge Scholarship Program is a private non-profit program operated through the Mariah Daye McCarthy Scholarship Foundation and provides scholarships to Butte-Silver Bow high school seniors who epitomize the ideals of the Foundation. Mariah's Challenge is dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and promoting healthy adolescent lifestyles. The scholarships are based on the [...] More

Michigan Remembers 9-11 Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 10/7/2018
  • Amount: $250
  • High school juniors and seniors from schools in Michigan (public, private, and home schools) are encouraged to submit an original essay on their reflections and research on the impacts of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    Submission Requirements:
    -Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Titles, citations, [...] More

Microsoft Imagine Cup Hello Cloud Online Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/28/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Every month, one student will win our $1,000 sweepstakes. To compete, all you need to do is sign up for Azure (free, no credit card required) through Microsoft Imagine and then complete one or more of our Hello Cloud activities. Each activity you complete gives you another chance to win. And you only have to do each activity once - your name will still be in the sweepstakes month after month. [...] More

Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship contest is open to high school seniors who are citizens of the United States and residents of the State of Missouri, and who plan to attend an institution of higher learning in the fall. Three scholarship awards are offered by the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Missouri. Requirements include demonstrating strong academic and personal [...] More

Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/4/2018
  • 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

NACIS Student Dynamic Map Competition

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • In the egalitarian spirit of the Internet, the competition will be administered entirely online. Entering the competition is easy. Send us an email through our website with a URL pointing to your map. There is no entry fee.

    There are two competition categories: animated maps and interactive maps.
    -An interactive map offers more than just the traditional representation of spatial information; [...] More

National AG Day Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life.” The Council’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, and safe food that nourishes [...] More

National Hazing Prevention Week Essay Competition

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2018
  • 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.

    Eligibility:
    -Entrants must be high school students
    -Entries must follow the contest guidelines in terms of length, adherence to theme/topic, and portrayal of an anti-hazing stance
    -All entries must be the original work of the entrant
    -Essays become [...] More

NDS Kildee Graduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • H.H. Kildee, long time Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University, was an outstanding judge of dairy cattle and supporter of student judging programs and activities. In 1950, National Dairy Shrine established a scholarship in his honor to be awarded for graduate study to a student who excelled in dairy cattle judging.

    The top 25 All-American contestants in the past three [...] More

NDS Kildee Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • H.H. Kildee, long time Dean of the College of Agriculture at Iowa State University, was an outstanding judge of dairy cattle and supporter of student judging programs and activities. In 1999, National Dairy Shrine established an undergraduate scholarship ($1,000) in his honor to be awarded to a junior/senior status college student working toward a Bachelor of Science in Dairy/Animal Science or [...] More

NDS Student Recognition Program

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2018
  • 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

North American International Auto Show Poster Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/21/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The annual North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) High School Poster Contest is open to all Michigan residents enrolled in grades 10 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 [...] More

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2017
  • 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 [...] More

Penguin Publishing Group's Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 4/21/2018
  • 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 Tempest. The contest is [...] More

PrideGLV Rainbow Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $500
  • The Rainbow Scholarship seeks to assist gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI), college-bound teens with school expenses while increasing the positive visibility of queer youth and promoting awareness and acceptance in the community at large.There are three awards, ranging from $200 to $500; they are the LGBT Student of the Year Award, the Rainbow Award, and the Diversity Essay [...] More

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Project Yellow Light is a scholarship competition designed to bring about change. As an applicant you have one clear mission: encourage your peers to develop and embrace safe driving habits. 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 [...] More

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/12/2018
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or less responding to the following question about the North and Middle Fork American River canyons located upstream of Folsom Reservoir, in the Auburn State Recreation Area: Why is the American River and its canyons important to me and what is my vision for improving the Auburn State [...] More

PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Students may enter the PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest by submitting an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the quotation, "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free,” from the Nobel Lecture presented by The 14th Dalai Lama after he was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace [...] More

PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2018
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Students may enter the 2016 PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest by submitting an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the quotation, "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free," from the Nobel Lecture presented by The 14th Dalai Lama after he was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The purpose of the high school seniors English essay contest is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth. The theme of the competition is pink ink: "We write not only about different things; we also write differently" Brecht. The contest is open only to students aged 18 and under who have not yet graduated from high school. You must affirm that you are not a high school [...] More

Richard L. Brooks Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2018
  • 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

Science Without Borders Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 4/23/2018
  • 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. This annual [...] More

Shamrock Irish Heritage Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/6/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The contest is open to young men and women of Irish birth or ancestry residing in the Triangle Area and surrounding counties, North Carolina. Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 23. Two young men and two young women will be chosen as finalists from submitted essays and must be present for a personal interview.

    The Shamrock Irish Heritage Contest consists of an essay submission of [...] More

Texas Hospitality Association Poster Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/6/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • State Representatives are teaming up with the Texas Hospitality Association (THA) to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award five graduating high school seniors in educational scholarships. THA will award a scholarships to the top posters conveying the message or theme: "If you are under 21, it's illegal to consume or [...] More

The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/16/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Barbara C. Littlefield Vocal Scholarship was created in memory of the club’s longtime treasurer, vocalist, Barbara Littlefield. 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.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicants in this competition [...] More

The Christophers "You Can Make a Difference" Poster Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/27/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • High school students living in the United States, in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the annual Poster Contest for high school students by creating a poster interpreting the theme "One Person Can Make a Difference." Posters must include the statement "You Can Make a Difference", be 16x20 inches in size, be the work of one student, and poster concept and design in addition to all [...] More

The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/16/2018
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Emily K. Rand Instrumental Scholarship was established in 1932 in memory of the Portland Rossini Club's third president, a vocalist, who presided in a distinguished manner for 25 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 [...] More

The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award in Meteorology

  • Application Deadline: 6/12/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Father James B. Macelwane Annual Award was established by the American Meteorological Society to honor the late Rev. James B. Macelwane, S.J., a world renowned authority of seismology, who was a geophysicist and Dean of the Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, until his death in 1956. The recipient of the Father James B. Macelwane award will receive a stipend of $1,000 supported [...] More

The Jimmie Crutchfield Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2018
  • 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.

    Eligibility:
    -Current high school senior
    -Applicant must be anticipating completion of high school diploma [...] More

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/16/2018
  • 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. [...] More

The Scholarships.com "Tell A Friend" $500 Sweepstakes

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2017
  • Amount: $500
  • As a Scholarships.com member, you have free access to a customized scholarship search, detailed financial aid information, an organized college search, standardized test study guides and more. Like what you see? Spread the word about Scholarships.com to your friends through our Tell A Friend Scholarship and you'll have a chance to win money for college - $500 for you and $500 for one of your [...] More

TMS Outstanding Student Paper Contest

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • This contest is open to essays on global or national issues as well as technical research papers. Papers relating to any field of metallurgy or materials science will be considered. Students are encouraged to display original thought and creativity in the development of the essays, which should include a comprehensive bibliography on which the paper is based.

    Eligibility Requirements:
    -The [...] More

Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • 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

Valley Humanities Review High School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2017
  • Amount: $500
  • The Valley Humanities Review is currently seeking essays in the humanities - including literature, film, art, history, religion, or philosophy - written by current high school students that demonstrate high quality, intellectual rigor, and originality. The winner will receive a $500 prize and publication in the spring issue.

    The goal with all our projects is to encourage a culture of [...] More

Wells Fargo's CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • When you sign up for the CollegeSTEPS program, you will be automatically entered into the CollegeSTEPS sweepstakes for a chance to win $5,000. Two sweepstakes drawings will be conducted to award three high school students and three college students $5,000 at each drawing! For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

WIIT Charitable Trust Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The WIIT Charitable Trust scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are interested in international development, international relations, international trade, international economics, or international business. Female students must be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time; [...] More

Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2018
  • 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

Write A Play! New York City Playwriting Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • WRITE A PLAY! NYC, the New York City School Playwriting Contest, is open to all NYC students. Plays are judged in three categories: elementary, middle, and high school. All entrants receive a Certificate of Merit, a written evaluation of the play and an invitation to the annual Awards Ceremony.

    Guidelines:
    -Plays must be submitted by students, not teachers
    -There are no restrictions on [...] More

Young Christian Leaders Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Funded by the law firm of Buttafuoco & Associates, YCL was created to support the next generation of dedicated, Christian professionals who will use their talents to impact their families, communities, and the world. YCL is for the empowerment of students who have shown dedication, character, promise, determination and a desire to apply those qualities to their God-given calling. Young people [...] More

Young Patriots Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 1/3/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. Essays must be written in English and should not exceed 1,200 words. A bibliography does not count towards the word total. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Youth Free Expression Film Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2018
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The theme for the 13th Annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest is "What what you #Tweet! How free should social media be?"

    The National Coalition Against Censorship asks teens to create a short film (no longer than four minutes in length) addressing the notions of freedom of speech on social media. Should schools be allowed to punish students for off-campus posts? Can the government censor [...] More

Latest College & Financial Aid News

Stanford Caught Lying by Grad Student/Former Google Intern

December 5, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Stanford Business School officials have admitted to giving steep price breaks to preferred applicants while on their website, for years, claimed that "all fellowships are need based." The news came after one student discovered a glitch on their website that gave public access to confidential student financial aid records. [...]

Band to Messiah College: “No Gay? No Play”

November 28, 2017

by Susan Dutca

Pop-punk band Diet Cig has canceled its scheduled appearance at Messiah College due to the college's "really serious anti-LGBT policies." The band has stated they have "no desire to support or benefit from an institution that discriminates against LGBT students/faculty/staff." [...]

Holiday Scholarships 2017: The Gifts that Keep on Giving!

November 28, 2017

by Susan Dutca

'Tis the season to apply for and win scholarships. This year (like every other year), Scholarships.com's only holiday wish is for our students to earn as much free college scholarships as they can to help pay for college. In the spirit of the holidays - and to make your scholarship search and application process easier - we've come up with a list of holiday-appropriate scholarships that yule adore. Jingle your way out of student debt in the New Year with these Christmas and holiday-themed scholarships: [...]

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