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

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

ABPA Harrington-Arthur Memorial Scholarship Essay Competition

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

Americanism Education Leaders Collegiate Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2019
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Americanism Educational Leaders and Pepperdine University Libraries are pleased to announce its annual collegiate essay contest. The mission of AEL is in its strong belief in "American exceptionalism", i.e., that our country is exceptional in the history of the world. All of our programs are meant to encourage students to learn about, understand, and appreciate some aspect of the American [...] More

Bird Dog Foundation Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest

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

Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/23/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • High School seniors may compete for college scholarships totaling $4,250 at the Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. A copy of the contestants high school transcript must be provided at registration along with a proper ID.
    The first-place winner will receive $2,000. Second place will receive $1,000, 3rd place will receive $750, and 4th place will receive $500. The scholarship [...] More

Create Real Impact Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • 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 in one of the four categories- writing, art, music, or video. Entries are accepted in English and Spanish. There are a total of 9 awards, ranging from $500 to [...] More

Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards

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

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests

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

International Bipolar Foundation Annual High School Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2019
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The International Bipolar Foundation Annual High School Essay Contest is open to all high school students, ages 13 to 19. Applicants must Research the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equality Act and draft a letter to a politician or insurance/healthcare provider about one of the provided questions. Also in the letter, explain how mental health care is necessary for the wellbeing of all [...] More

Leadership Speech Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2019
  • Amount: $5,500
  • Our nationwide speech contest promotes an understanding of Leadership among our nation's high school students, and encourages the development vital communication skills. Students research, write and deliver a four to six minute speech on the topic of Leadership. Speeches will be delivered at an NMA meeting, where cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants. Winner advances to [...] More

Missouri Mayflower Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The 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: 3/2/2020
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation seeks to encourage young people to treasure our Jewish heritage, reflect on our Jewish values, and better understand our contribution to civilization and culture. To this effort, the Foundation sponsors an annual essay contest open to both junior high and high school students. The Foundation also issues grants to a wide variety of educational, scientific [...] More

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
  • 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

NDS Student Recognition Program

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

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 12/31/2019
  • 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

Project Yellow Light/Hunter Garner Video Scholarship

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

Protect American River Canyons Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/5/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To enter the PARC Essay Scholarship Contest, eligible students must write an original essay of 500 words or fewer responding to an essay prompt provided at the PARC website.

    Applicants must be high school seniors who are a resident of Placer, Nevada or El Dorado County, CA (can attend school in another county). Must be in good academic standing, on track to graduate.For more information or to [...] More

Queer Foundation High School Seniors English Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2020
  • 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". 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 graduate [...] More

Road to Safety Scholarship

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

Science Without Borders Challenge

  • Application Deadline: 5/20/2020
  • Amount: $500
  • Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation's Science without Borders Challenge is an international art competition that encourages students to pursue the preservation, protection, and restoration of the world's oceans and aquatic resources.

    The Science without Borders Challenge was created to get students and teachers interested in ocean conservation through various forms of art. This annual [...] More

The Lucia A. Wright Piano Scholarship

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

    For more information or [...] More

WIIT Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 10/1/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Our merit-based scholarships are awarded twice per year to support and encourage women studying International Trade and Global Development. Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in undergraduate or enrolled in graduate studies.
    Awards ($1,500) will be based [...] More

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Harvard Revokes Parkland Shooting Suvivor's Admissions Offer

June 18, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

Harvard revoked more admissions offers - this time involving 10 students who participated in a Facebook group called "Harvard memes for horny bourgeois teens." Jokes about abusing children and the Holocaust and insulting comments about different racial and ethnic groups were found in the group, according to Inside Higher Ed.

Earlier this month, Harvard also rescinded an admission offer to Kyle Kashuv who, when he was 16 years old, used inflammatory and racist language, including the N-word, right before the Parkland shooting at his school, Stoneman Douglas High School. The shootings have since "changed him and made him more mature," he claims. Kashuv became famous for his conservatism, pro-gun and pro-Trump activism which he believes, represent a different view on how to prevent future, like tragedies.

In a recent Twitter post, he apologized for his past comments and stated that, "We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible...I'm embarrassed by it, but I want to be clear that the comments I made are not indicative of who I am or who I've become in the years since." Shortly thereafter, Harvard looked into his case and eventually revoked his admissions offer. Though university personnel appreciate his "candor and expressions of regret," Harvard "takes seriously" the "qualities of maturity" and of "character" of the students it admits. Despite appealing the revocation, Kashuv was turned down. In his defense, Kashuv argues that, "throughout its history, Harvard's faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and anti-Semites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution. But I don't believe that. I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly." In your opinion, should Kashuv have had his admissions offer revoked based on something he did when he was 16? Why or why not? [...]

Wiccan Prof Sues Catholic University Over Alleged Discrimination

June 11, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

A Wiccan Professor at St. Bonaventure sued the university and her alma mater for discrimination, alleging that she was not allowed to advance in her career because she is a woman and a witch. The reported discrimination began around Halloween in 2011, after she was asked to conduct an interview about her Wiccan beliefs with the university's student TV station, SBU-TV. [...]

LGBTQ Scholarships for Pride Month

June 6, 2019

by Susan Dutca-Lovell

In honor of LGBTQ Pride Month this June, Scholarships.com is recognizing the success of, and providing financial aid resources to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and queer community and its allies through featured LGBTQ scholarships. These colorful LGBTQ scholarships are not only intended for those who identify as LBTQ or are questioning, but are available to LGBTQ parents and allies, as well. Below is a preview of LGBTQ scholarships that were created to provide economic mobility and equality for LGBTQ students and allies who may face unique challenges on their educational journeys. For even more LGBTQ scholarships, Parent LGBTQ scholarships or LGBTQ Ally scholarships, visit here. [...]

Last Reviewed: June 2019

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