Easy College Scholarships

Getting into college is stressful. You’re finishing up high school, trying to make sure your GPA is solid, studying to get good marks on the SAT or ACT (or both), completing college applications that usually require essays, and figuring out how you’re going to afford the next four years of your education.

One of the best resources out there that can help lessen or even eliminate the financial stressor of applying to college are scholarships. Scholarships are great, because they’re basically free money, and you love money, and free stuff, don’t you? Free stuff…I just thought it was worth repeating.

Unfortunately, the majority of scholarships can be stressful and competitive themselves. Many of them have strict requirements, an application process, and require an essay on either why you deserve the award over the vast amount of other high school students applying for it, or some other random, difficult topic.

However, there are many easy scholarships available, with some of them not even requiring an essay, making for one less stressor in your life. The majority of these “easy” scholarships don’t award much money, but since they’re so simple to apply to, you could get a few of them that add up to a good amount of free money. Free money. I thought it was worth repeating again.

A word of caution though, there are some fake scholarships out there that are nothing more than a scam, so be weary when applying. If a scholarship application asks for lots of personal information, especially financial information (although sometimes legitimate ones will ask for this, because they are need-based), use your best judgment. A simple Google search with “scam” attached to the award name can help reveal whether or not the easy scholarship is legitimate. Another tip, if a scholarship asks for you to pay money to apply, it is not a real scholarship, as scholarships are designed to give money, not take it.

So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at some easy scholarships out there for you to get. Some of them have an essay, and some of them do not require one. As I mentioned before, although they may not award a large amount of money, applying for and winning multiple can really add up.

 

Easy Scholarships with Essays

The scholarships in this section contain an essay, but they’re not difficult and don’t take very long to complete.

 

Bachus & Schanker LLC Scholarship

This unique scholarship is funded by private Colorado Law firm, and is open to students who have been accepted by a 4-year university and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Students must write an essay of 800 words on how the 7th amendment affects their lives. The award is $2,000 and is given out in both the fall and spring semester.

Courage to Grow Scholarship

This scholarship requires students to write a 250-word essay on why they think they deserve it. It is for $500 and is awarded each month. It is open to juniors and seniors in high school and current college students with a GPA of at least 2.5.

Odenza Marketing Group Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is open to current high school students or students who have completed at least one year of college. Applicants must be between the ages of 16-25 with a GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants must write two 500-word essays, one on travel and the other on why they deserve the award.

James “Rhio” O’Connor Scholarship

This scholarship is for $1,000 and is awarded every month. It is open to all high school students. To win, applicants must write a 700-1500 word essay related to cancer treatment.

 

No-Essay Scholarships

These scholarships do not require an essay, making them super easy to complete.

 

AFSA High School Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors enrolling in college for the incoming fall semester. It requires applicants to read some information about automatic fire sprinklers and then taking a 10-question quiz on the subject. There are ten $2,000 awards available.

Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

This award is open to all students ages 18-24. Applicants must write a story about themselves in a maximum of 350 words for a chance to win $2,500, $20,000, or even $100,000. Stories are then voted for.

Nicholas A. Virgilio Haiku Competition

This scholarship is open to students in grades 7-12. It only awards $50, but it is fun and easy, only requiring applicants to write and submit 3 original haikus.

“No Essay” College Scholarship

This award is open to high school students, people going back to college, current college students, and people going to college or grad school within a year from applying. It is a $2,000 award given out each month. Applicants simply submit basic identification information, GPA, and SAT or ACT scores. The winners are chosen by random drawing.

Stuck at Prom Scholarship

This is an award for the creative and fashionable. It is open to high school students, and requires them to design and wear a prom outfit made out of duct tape. There are ten awards available ranging from $1,000-$10,000.

U.S. Bank Scholarship

This scholarship offers five $5,000 awards and is open to high school seniors and current college undergrads. Applicants must submit a simple application and complete five online learning modules on financial literacy.

$2,000 Student Athlete Scholarship

This quarterly award is open to high school and junior college student athletes who plan on attending a four-year college. To apply, student athletes submit their GPA and basic info about the sport(s) they play.

These are twelve of the easiest scholarships to apply for, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to win. You have to know that the easier to apply to, the more applicants there will be, so make yourself stand out by having a very polished and error free application and essay, if you are applying to one that requires an essay. Remember, all you get here is a first impression, and that first and only impression is your application, so make it nice and neat and best of luck! And let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear.