How to Apply to the Unigo $10K College Scholarship

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Just because your dream school comes with a high tuition price, that doesn’t mean you should give up on your academic goals. On the contrary, numerous scholarship opportunities exist to help students bridge the gap between college costs and what their families can afford to pay each year. Offering an annual award of $10,000, the Unigo $10k College Scholarship celebrates talented young writers who aren’t afraid to showcase their creativity and individuality.

Applying for the Unigo Scholarship

Students who are skilled with the pen (or laptop!) should consider applying for the Unigo $10K College Scholarship. Awarded based on an individual’s writing ability, creativity, originality, and overall excellence in equal parts, this scholarship is available to U.S. students aged 13 and over. Applicants must reside in the U.S., be legal citizens, and register at to be eligible.


To qualify for this scholarship, students must submit their essay response of 250 words or less to a given prompt. If selected as a winner, the applicant must submit proof of enrollment on or before December 31, 2025, as funds will be awarded in the form of a check made payable directly to the recipient’s post-secondary institution. For the 2019 scholarship, the essay question is as follows:


“Imagine a historical figure is brought back to life. Who is it? What’s their favorite mobile app?”


Because this scholarship contest prizes innovation, applicants shouldn’t hesitate to demonstrate their creativity when answering the question. Additionally, former Unigo winners advise candidates to disregard their first instincts and think outside the box.

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Tips on Applying for Scholarships

Applying for scholarships can be a daunting task, and students often feel overwhelmed at the prospect of getting everything done on time while still handling senior-year coursework and activities. If you want to ensure nothing slips through the cracks, be sure to stay organized and keep a close eye on deadlines. For best results, set a “false” deadline a week or two before your scholarship application is actually due. Setting checkpoints like this will give you extra time to proofread your essay and make any necessary adjustments well-ahead of the true deadline. Consider using CollegeVine’s Milestone Tracker as a tool to help you manage your to-do lists throughout the process.


Students who want to increase their odds of winning scholarships should be sure to focus on extracurriculars. While grades and essays matter, many award committees are focused on finding well-rounded candidates. Impress readers by discussing your wide range of interests and experiences both in the context of your school and your broader community.


Searching for more private scholarships? The CollegeBoard website lets students search for the best matches given their academic interests and background. You can find additional opportunities on the CollegeVine blog.


At CollegeVine, we understand that high tuition costs can prevent talented students from attending their dream schools. We created our Applications Program to help students throughout every step of their academic journeys, including the scholarship search. Whether you need help finding scholarship opportunities, managing deadlines, or creating standout essays, you can trust us to be in your corner. For more information on how our editors can assist you in brainstorming, editing, writing, and polishing your essays, call today or contact us online. We look forward to helping you achieve your collegiate goals.

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April Maguire
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A graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC, April Maguire taught freshman composition while earning her degree. Over the years, she has worked as a writer, editor, tutor, and content manager. Currently, she operates a freelance writing business and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three rowdy cats.