By Megan Shuffleton
It’s a busy time of year, especially with all the campus visits, college research and endless applications. Along with researching, choosing and applying to colleges comes the same process for scholarships. Scholarships are a great way to receive money to put toward your tuition because there are thousands out there from all sorts of companies and communities, and, best of all, they don’t need to be repaid!
Though some scholarship due dates have already come and gone, there are still some left to apply for! Here are a few scholarships to consider applying for now:
1. Cappex #1 Fan Scholarship
Deadline: December 31, 2013
Cappex.com, a program that helps high school students gather information about colleges and scholarships, is looking for their website’s “#1 fan,” who will receive $1,000. Cappex.com will look at applicants’ online profiles and choose a winner based on extracurricular involvement, leadership and volunteer activities.
2. CollegeWeekLive Monthly Scholarship
Deadline: The last day of each month
CollegeWeekLive is a free online college fair that features several hundred colleges worldwide. Their goal is to connect students, parents and counselors with colleges and universities and encourage students to interact with and apply to universities. That’s why they’re offering a $1,000 scholarship to students on a monthly basis. All you need to do is log in to CollegeWeekLive and visit three colleges’ “booths” on the site. CollegeWeekLive will choose one potential winner around the 10th day of the next month and notify him or her by email.
3. Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Amount: One winner will receive $10,000 (a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 towards a college savings plan), one second place winner will receive $1,000 and up to five finalists will receive $500.
Deadline: January 6, 2014
If you’re a writer, this is the scholarship for you. The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to write an essay on a U.S. official who has chosen to do what is right rather than what is easy. The essay is expected to be a carefully researched account of a story of how an official risked his or her career to stand up for the needs of the public.
4. ScholarshipPoints December 2013 Scholarship
Deadline: 11:59 EST on December 15, 2013
ScholarshipPoints gives a student $10,000 every three months, and all you have to do is be a registered member of the website! Your chance of receiving the award is increased when you take surveys, read blogs and basically just participate on ScholarshipPoints.com. The winner will be chosen and announced on December 16th.
5. College Prowler’s “No Essay” Scholarship
Deadline: 11 p.m. EST on the last day of each month
If you don’t consider yourself a writer, think about applying for this scholarship. College Prowler, a site that provides college reviews written by current students, is giving randomly selected students $2,000 - and all that’s required is registering for a free account on their website. The scholarship is open to all students who plan on enrolling in school within 12 months.
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Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that ScholarshipPoints gives a student a $10,000 scholarship every three months, not every month.
Are you tired of working on those long scholarship applications that require you to list every activity you have participated in since you started high school? What about writing those boring scholarship essays where you have to explain why you deserve the award or who you are going to be in ten years? Well, you’re in luck. Today is No-Brainer Day, which means you get to relax and put very little thought into everything you do — including filling out scholarship applications! We know it may seem as though every scholarship, regardless of the amount of money, requires a ton of work, but there are actually quite a few easy scholarships with simple applications that are fun and painless. Don’t believe us? Check out this list of scholarships that are total no-brainers.
1. $2,000 No Essay Scholarship
Niche (formerly College Prowler) gives away a $2,000 scholarship every month. Simply register for a free account and you are entered to win this easy scholarship.
2. $1,000 Cappex Monthly Scholarship
Don’t let a low GPA scare you away from applying for scholarships. Some scholarship providers, like Cappex, don’t even consider it when choosing a winner. Just register for a free account, and you’ll be entered to win the $1,000 monthly prize.
3. $5,000 Course Hero Scholarship
If you've taken a college class, cash in your experience with this easy $5,000 scholarship. To apply, just review a college class. It only takes a few minutes and the more steps you complete, the more you can win.
4. $5,000 VIP Voice Scholarship
How does a $5,000 scholarship sound? If you're 13 or older, complete two surveys and redeem your points for a scholarship or other awards. The more surveys you do, the better your chances to win.
5. Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship
Applying for this scholarship is so easy, and you can do it every month to increase your chances of winning! Just create a free profile and post at least once a month about your educational achievements to be eligible for this super simple monthly scholarship.
6. Unigo $10K Scholarship
If you are 13 or older, apply to win our $10,000 scholarship. Yes, it requires a 250 word or less essay, but for $10,000, who’s complaining?
7. Unigo Monthly Scholarships
Think you know how to survive a zombie apocalypse? Do you enjoy eating ice cream? Can you tell a great joke? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out our monthly scholarships! Awards range in value from $1,500 to $5,000, and all are fun and easy to enter! A new winner is selected every month.
Keep in mind that many students are looking for these simple scholarships, so the competition may be a little higher than normal, but that doesn’t mean you should blow them off. Just be sure to spend some time on local scholarship programs and those that may be a little more restrictive, as your chances of winning will increase. One thing is for certain, you can’t win if you don’t apply.
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