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35 No Essay Scholarships to Save Thousands on College

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Scholarships play a large role in many students‚Äô plans for how to pay for college, but completing the applications for some scholarships is time-consuming‚ÄĒespecially for students who are busy taking challenging courses and involved with extracurricular activities. Luckily, some scholarships are easier to apply for than others, like the no-essay scholarships listed below.¬†

 

Are ‚ÄúNo-Essay‚ÄĚ Scholarships Worth It?

 

No-essay scholarships are easier to apply for than other, more involved scholarships, so it doesn’t cost you much in time or effort to apply. However, because they’re easy to apply for, they receive a lot of applications, which means more competition and lower odds of winning. It is also less clear how no-essay scholarship recipients are selected without an essay to set your application apart.  

 

If you choose to apply for no-essay scholarships, just know that they are just a part of a strategy for winning awards to college and are best-suited as a supplement to local and more niche scholarships. If you don’t like the idea of writing an essay, look for a scholarship with an equivalent task, like making a video or creating a piece of art instead. 

 

Where to Focus Your Scholarship Search

 

Outside scholarships garner a lot of attention, but colleges and universities are actually the best place to look for scholarships‚ÄĒschools themselves grant $175 billion in scholarship money annually! It‚Äôs also worth noting that college awards are often larger than outside awards; 80% of external scholarships are less than $2,000, which looks great on paper but will only put a small dent in the cost of most colleges.¬†

 

You have the best chance of winning a merit-based scholarship from a college or university. While super-selective schools with applicants fighting for admission often don‚Äôt offer merit-based scholarships‚ÄĒfor example, none of the Ivy League colleges do‚ÄĒless selective colleges are often anxious to attract strong applicants. This makes applying to a college where your profile is particularly strong a smart strategy for getting a merit scholarship.

 

35 No-Essay Scholarships 

 

1. ‚ÄúBe Bold‚ÄĚ No-Essay Scholarship


Amount: $25,000

Deadline: December 31 

Eligibility: Students of any education level, school, field of study, and GPA considered

This scholarship is for bold students who are determined to change the world one step at a time. No essay is required to win this eye-popping award. Instead, create a bold profile highlighting your earnestness, determination, and how you’re moving toward your goals for a chance to win.

 

2. Scholarships360 No-Essay Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 30 

Eligibility: All students‚ÄĒincluding high school students, community college students, undergraduates, and graduate students

 

No essay is required to win this generous award. Simply sign up for Scholarship360‚ÄĒa scholarship newsletter‚ÄĒfor your chance at $1,000 for college.¬†

 

3. $2,000 ‚ÄúNo-Essay‚ÄĚ College Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Monthly  

Eligibility: All high school and college students

 

The name says it all: no essay is required to receive this $2,000 college scholarship. Simply create an account for a chance to win this substantial award. A winner is chosen monthly and the money can be used to cover tuition, housing, books, or any other education-related expenses.

 

4. $2,000 Nitro Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • Age 17 or older
  • A parent with a child enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S.¬†
  • A student enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S.¬†
  • A parent with a high school senior in the U.S.
  • A high school senior located with the U.S.¬†
  • A student or a parent who has graduated from an accredited undergraduate school and is paying back debt from educational expenses

 

No essay is needed to win a $2,000 Nitro Scholarship. Applicants only need to complete a short application for this chance to win this award and to take a step to control the cost of college. 

 

5. CollegeVine Scholarships

 

Amount: Up to $500

Deadline: Weekly

Eligibility: High school student and U.S. resident

 

CollegeVine provides weekly scholarships of up to $500! All you have to do is join our free admissions platform and earn karma, the free CollegeVine ‚Äúcurrency.‚ÄĚ You can earn karma by reviewing essays through our Peer Review tool and answering questions in our Community Forums. After earning that karma, you bid it to enter the scholarship drawing (if you don‚Äôt win, that karma will be returned so you can ‚Äúspend‚ÄĚ it on essay reviews and expert advice). Awards are paid out directly to students to help them cover any educational costs. Learn more about the CollegeVine scholarships.

 

6. The Student Loan Hero Smart Money Giveaway

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: Legal U.S. residents in the contiguous U.S. and Washington, D.C., 18 years of age and older

 

This scholarship wants you to take control of your college finances so you can focus on your future. Entry is easy‚ÄĒjust fill out a short online application.¬†

 

7. College Board ‚ÄúComplete Your FAFSA‚ÄĚ Scholarships

 

Amount:  $500

Deadline: October through February 

Eligibility: Current high school seniors in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories

 

The College Board‚ÄĒthe organization that administers the SAT‚ÄĒprovides scholarships to students for simply filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The College Board will give out 500 awards every month from October through December and 100 awards in both January and February.

 

8. College Board ‚ÄúComplete Your Journey‚ÄĚ Scholarships

 

Amount: $40,000

Deadline: February 

Eligibility: Current high school seniors in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories

 

Complete the College Board’s six steps of college planning for your chance at one of 25 $40,000 scholarship opportunities. The program is open to students from all financial backgrounds, however, at least half of the scholarships will go to students from families who earn less than $60,000 annually. 

 

9. ScholarshipPoints Scholarship Program

 

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Quarterly 

Eligibility:  

  • Age 13 or older
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident¬†
  • Attending or planning to attend college in the U.S.

 

No GPA, no essay, and no hassle! To enter for an opportunity to win one of these impressive awards, simply fill out an online application. In addition to the quarterly $10,000 scholarships, ScholarshipPoints also draws three $1,000 scholarships monthly.

 

10. Christian Connector Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: 

  • Age 13 or older¬†
  • Must enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a Christ-centered Christian college, university, or Bible college

 

Sign up to receive information about Christian colleges‚ÄĒand for a chance at winning this handsome scholarship award for college. The scholarship is only open to students planning to attend a Christ-centered Christian college, university, or Bible college. The funds are sent directly to the winner‚Äôs school of choice.¬†

 

11. No Essay ‚ÄėYou Deserve It‚Äô Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,222

Deadline: December 29

Eligibility: 

  • Age 16 or older¬†
  • Legal resident of the U.S. or its territories (Rhode Island and Michigan applicants are ineligible)
  • Enrolled in a qualified high school, college, or university in the U.S.

 

Sign up for ScholarshipOwl (a scholarship service) and you‚Äôre simultaneously registered for a chance to win a $2,222 award. Your odds of winning are about 1 in 140,000‚ÄĒnot too bad considering there is no essay required and sign up is quick.¬†

 

12. CollegeXpress $10,000 Scholarship Contest

 

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: 

  • Age 13 or older
  • Legal U.S. resident¬†
  • Must enter a CollegeXpress member college as a full-time freshman, transfer, or graduate student for the fall term¬†

 

Just create a CollegeXpress profile for a chance at $10,000 to use at a CollegeXpress member college. Winners of this no-essay scholarship are selected at random. 

 

13. Annual Catholic College Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: 

  • Age 13 or older¬†
  • Must enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a Catholic college

 

Sign up to receive information about Catholic colleges‚ÄĒand for a chance at winning this handsome scholarship award for college. The scholarship is only open to students planning to attend a Catholic college, university, or Bible college. The funds are sent directly to the winner‚Äôs school of choice.¬†

 

14. Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award 

 

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • Age 16 or older¬†
  • Resident of the U.S. or its territories
  • High school seniors, college students, students who‚Äôve earned a General Education Development (GED), or parent/guardian of an aforementioned person

 

Sign up to receive emails that provide helpful college tips and useful resources and get entered to win one of 12 annual $5,000 awards. Complete a survey after registering for emails for an additional entry for the scholarship. 

 

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15. Lounge Lizard Web Design Scholarship 

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Semi-annually (spring and fall)

Eligibility: Attending an accredited school in the U.S. or accepted to an accredited school and set to begin within six months of application

 

Show off your creativity for a chance to win this no-essay scholarship. To enter, fill out a short application and either submit a web design or attach a link to a webpage. In addition to a scholarship, winners also receive a critique session with Lounge Lizard’s founder and CCO. 

 

16. Create-a-Greeting-Card Scholarship

 

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 3

Eligibility: 

  • Age 14 or older¬†
  • Legal U.S. resident or international student with a student visa¬†
  • High school, college, or university student¬†

 

While you don’t need an essay to win this generous scholarship, you are required to submit an original photo, artwork, or computer graphic for use on the front of a greeting card. Entries are limited to one per person, so send in your best work! 

 

17. Frame My Future Scholarship Contest 

 

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: April 1

Eligibility: 

  • Legal U.S.resident
  • Planning to enroll at a U.S. college or university in the fall

 

Show how you frame your future through photography, illustration, painting, or mixed media art for a chance at this ample award. Although no essay is required, applicants are asked to submit a brief overview of their piece (no more than 500 characters). 

 

18. Annual Faith-Based College Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: May 31

Eligibility: 

  • Age 13 or older¬†
  • Must enroll for the first time as a full-time student at a faith-based college

 

Sign up to receive information about faith-based colleges and for a chance at winning this handsome scholarship award for college. The scholarship is only open to students planning to attend a faith-based college, university, or Bible college. The funds are sent directly to the winner’s school of choice. 

 

19. Sallie Mae $5,432 Sweepstakes

 

Amount: $5,432

Deadline: December 31

Eligibility: 

  • Legal U.S. resident¬†

 

Entering for this scholarship is easy, all you need to do is complete an online registration for your chance at this $5,432 award. 

 

20. Ascent Scholarships 

 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • Age 18 or older¬†
  • Legal U.S. resident or DACA student
  • Enrolled at least half-time in a degree program or technical skills training program¬†

 

Ascent Scholarship giveaways are designed to help students cover school-related expenses such as tuition, books, rent, groceries, parking, and transportation. No essay is required, all you need to do is register for a chance to win one of these awards. 

 

21. The ‚ÄúNo Sweat‚ÄĚ Scholarship

 

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31

Eligibility: 

  • Age 13 or older
  • Legal U.S. resident¬†
  • Between 8th and 12th grade¬†

 

Create an account and complete a portfolio for your chance at this super scholarship which you can use for any educational purpose‚ÄĒfrom books to summer camp. The more complete your profile is, the better your odds of winning are.¬†

 

22. Too Cool to Pay for School Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Quarterly 

Eligibility: 

  • U.S. residents, DACA and undocumented students, and international students currently studying in the U.S.
  • Current high school, college, and graduate students

 

Paying for school is stressful which is why this scholarship is intentionally low pressure. Complete the online registration to enter. Follow Access Scholarships on Instagram for an extra entry. You can use the scholarship for any educational expense‚ÄĒincluding tuition, textbooks, housing, and technology.¬†

 

23. Cappex Easy Money Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: Current high school or college student 

 

No need to stress about your GPA or an essay when entering this scholarship contest. Simply answer a few simple questions for your chance at one of these awards. 

 

24. Scholarships4Moms 

 

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 15

Eligibility: 

  • Age 18 or older
  • U.S. legal resident
  • Mother or expectant mother¬†
  • Enrolled in a college or university in the U.S. or will enroll in one within three months¬†

 

The Scholarships4Moms award is designed to help mothers meet their educational goals. Founded by a group of moms, who understand how busy moms are, signing up is quick and easy. All you need to do is complete a short entry form. 

 

25. College Survey Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: College undergraduate or graduate student and undergraduate or graduate alumni who graduated within the last four years

 

All it takes to enter this running for this scholarship is to fill out a college survey on Niche, a ranking, and review website. Your responses are anonymous and are displayed on Niche to help other students to find the right college for them. 

 

26. Easy Scholarships

 

Amount: Varies 

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • Age 25 years or younger
  • Living in the U.S. or Canada (or a citizen of either country but living abroad)

 

No GPA requirements or essays are required to participate in this scholarship contest. For a chance to win, you simply must sign up for a campaign, complete it, and take a photo to document your participation. Campaigns are quick and completed in under five minutes!  

 

27. SuperCollege Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: High school, college, or graduate student, or adult planning to go back to school

 

Just fill out the application and answer a few simple questions about your college plans for the opportunity to win this award. You can use the scholarship to pay for any education-related expenses. For example, tuition, books, computers, or room and board.

 

28. Debt.com Scholarship For Aggressive Scholarship Applicants

 

Amount: $500

Deadline: Every other month 

Eligibility: Actively applying for scholarships

 

This scholarship rewards students with the drive to earn scholarships and the willingness to fight for financial independence. In order to win, you need to send confirmations from all of the scholarships you’ve applied to. Also, while there is no essay, you are required to submit a short biographical letter.

 

29. MyMozaic Monthly Scholarship Contest

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Every month 

Eligibility:

  • Age 13 or older
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident
  • Enrolled in high school or college in the U.S.

 

Simply create a profile at MyMozaic.com and answer a few simple questions‚ÄĒlike your graduation year, your GPA, and the major(s) you‚Äôre interested in‚ÄĒfor the opportunity to win one of these monthly, no-essay scholarships.¬†

 

30. WayUp Dream Job No-Essay Scholarship

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Jun 1 

Eligibility: Current college student

 

Create a profile at WayUp‚ÄĒa jobsite for college students and recent college graduates‚ÄĒfor a¬† chance of winning a $1,000 scholarship. The stronger your profile and the more internships and jobs you apply for, the better your odds are to receive an award.¬†¬†

 

31. College Ave Scholarship Monthly Sweepstakes

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident¬†
  • Enrolled in high school or a post-secondary educational institution or are the parent or legal guardian of a person enrolled in a high school or a post-secondary educational institution¬†

 

Earning this $1,000 simply requires filling out a very short entry and a little luck. Winners are chosen monthly!  

 

32. Give Me Liberty Easy Scholarship

 

Amount: $500

Deadline: Monthly 

Eligibility: 

  • U.S. citizen¬†
  • High school senior or enrolled in an accredited institution in the U.S.

 

The intention of this scholarship is to provide every student with an equal opportunity to experience freedom from the burden of tuition and loans. Recipients are selected through a lottery which gives every applicant the same chance of winning‚ÄĒregardless of their academic performance, extracurricular achievements, and essay writing skills.¬†

 

33. Because College is Expensive Scholarship

 

Amount: $500

Deadline: Quarterly 

Eligibility: High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, along with current college students and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school

 

If you‚Äôre planning to attend college you‚Äôll want to look into this scholarship‚ÄĒall it takes is completing a short application to enter for a chance to win. Only one entry per quarter is allowed.¬†

 

34. Return 2 College Scholarship Program

 

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: January 31

Eligibility:  

  • Age 17 or older
  • U.S. citizen or legal resident¬†
  • Starting a program of higher education‚ÄĒeither undergraduate or graduate‚ÄĒwithin the next 12 months or are currently full or part-time students¬†

 

While this scholarship doesn’t require an essay it does ask you to compose three sentences answering the question why are you getting your degree? Have a lot to say? Perfect, more than one entry is allowed, but more than a dozen are discouraged. 

 

35. Project Yellow Light Create a Billboard Scholarship   

 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 1

Eligibility: 

  • Legal U.S. residents¬†
  • High school juniors and seniors, along with undergraduate and graduate students¬†

 

Design a billboard to promote safe driving to a broad audience and draw attention to this important topic. In addition to a scholarship, winners may see their design grace a billboard or used on the web and other digital platforms. 


Short Bio
A graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in English, Tim Peck currently lives in Concord, New Hampshire, where he balances a freelance writing career with the needs of his two Australian Shepherds to play outside.