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.
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.
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 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
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
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
The United States has many tools to advance and defend its foreign policy and national security interests around the world—from diplomatic approaches pursued by members of the Foreign Service, to the range of options available to the U.S. military. In countries affected by or vulnerable to violent conflict, peacebuilding tools are important additions to the national security toolkit. The contest [...] More
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
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
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
The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in wildlife conservation and related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has been in effect for several years now. Applicants must be a high school senior preparing to enter freshman year of college or university. Students from Tennessee, Mississippi or [...] More
Nobody is perfect when it comes to dealing with money. Tell us about a financial learning experience you've had and you could win $2,000 for college, courtesy of the National Endowment for Financial Education!
Here’s how to enter:
1. Visit www.cashcourse.org/my-story and complete the official entry form. You will need to create a free account on CashCourse.org to complete the form. 2. [...] More
High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID. The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500. The scholarship [...] More
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 of the local government and learn about the broad range of career options serving the residents of Houston. Essay contest participants are asked to choose a [...] More
Create an original work showcasing your idea for a solution or strategy to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Car crashes are the #1 killer of young people in America, and the majority are preventable. Enter your innovative and effective solutions and strategies to end the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving in one of the four categories; Writing, Art, [...] More
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
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
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
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
-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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Shire is sponsoring the Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship to recognize students who are legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are accepted to or enrolled in a two-year or four-year undergraduate program or a graduate program (of one or more years in length) at an accredited college, university, technical school, trade [...] More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
H.H. Kildee, longtime 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 has [...] More
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Students may enter the PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest if they are high school seniors attending school in Sacramento County or in one of the following surrounding counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, or Yuba. Essays may include a title and footnotes, but these elements are not required. Titles and footnotes do not count [...] More
To enter the PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest, students must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the following quotation by the Iranian women's rights advocate, Mahnaz Afkhami: "The connection between women’s human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development, and peace is increasingly apparent." Contestants must be high school seniors (or [...] More
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
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
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
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
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 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.
Applicants in this competition must perform [...] More
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 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 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
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.
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
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
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. A completed application includes a 3-5 page essay. Female students must be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. [...] More
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
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
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
NCAC’s Youth Free Expression Film Contest invites filmmakers under 19 years old to submit a four-minute film on a specific topic.
Each film must be accompanied by an artist’s statement discussing the elements that speak to these or other reflective questions about the limits of protest. Be thoughtful, be creative and be original.
The top three winners receive: -Cash prizes of $1,000, [...] More
Some middle-class families may qualify for free tuition scholarships or grants to attend Rice University under a brand-new financial aid plan. The new initiative, called The Rice Investment, will provide full-tuition scholarships to families with incomes up to $130,000 and tuition cuts for families with incomes up to $200,000. [...]
Nike gear will not be worn by athletes at The College of the Ozarks following the company's latest ads featuring Colin Kaepernick, claiming it would "choose its country over company." According to the college president, "in their new ad campaign, we believe Nike executives are promoting an attitude of division and disrespect toward America." [...]
Hundreds of colleges are short of space for housing students and some are already turning study lounges into dorm rooms, doubles into triples, and triples into quads. Others are being forced to house students in off-campus apartments and hotels and offer discounts to anyone willing to live in a more-remote dorm.