With the drop in temperature, almost every one experiences a drop in energy. The temptation to burrow under blankets and waste away precious time on Facebook or YouTube is strong. But let’s face it, you need an education, and we need scholarships to pay for it. There are scores of scholarships out there for every one if you know where to look. There are even scholarships that require only three sentences, or even no essay all together! So go ahead, throw off those blankets, sign off of Facebook, and find the scholarship perfect for you.
1. FRA Americanism Essay Contest: $10,000
FRA, the Fleet Reserve Association, gives away up to $10,000 in U.S bonds every year. High School kids, grades 7 – 12, are eligible for this competition. Students can submit an essay and cover letter through any local FRA branch (contact your school counselor or local FRA essay Chairman). The essay is 350 words on “What Patriotism Means to Me.”
Deadline: See website
2. Zinch “Three Sentence Essay” Scholarship: $1,000
Don’t have the patience to write a whole essay? This is essentially the Twitter version of college scholarships. Go to Zinch.com, and check out this weekly scholarship for a chance to win $1,000 for any of your school needs. Whether you are currently enrolled in college, or will be next year, you can answer their weekly question (example: “What legacy would you personally like to leave to the next generation”) in just three sentences.
3. College Prowler “No Essay” College Scholarship: $2,000
In case those three sentences were too taxing, college prowler has got you covered, with a monthly “no essay” scholarship. Any one currently or soon to be enrolled college student can enter a simple form online for a chance to win $2,000 for tuition, housing, books, meal plan, computers, or any other education related expenses. It’s ridiculously easy, simply go to collegeprowler.com, tell them who you are and how to reach you.
Deadline: See website
If you would like to learn more about college scholarships, please visit FinancialAidFinder’s section on scholarship information. Let us show you how to navigate the scholarship application process, write killer scholarship essays, take advantage of scholarship search engines, and win weird and unusual scholarships.
Good luck with your scholarship applications this week!
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“My GPA isn’t good enough.”
“I don’t have time.”
These excuses work, except for scholarships that don’t require a good GPA or much time.
Scholarship applications can be intimidating. It’s easy to think you’re not eligible or that there’s a better candidate out there, so why waste your the time and effort? Aside from the fact that there are many scholarships plenty of students qualify for and that a pretty good student is bound to land something, there’s another side to the scholarship story.
Below are four easy scholarships almost any student qualifies for.
1. U.S. Bank Scholarship
Are you a United States citizen and a high school senior or college undergraduate student? Then you can win $1,000. Nope, no other qualifications. Just be what you already are.
Each year, U.S. Bank gives away 40 $1,000 scholarships for simply being an American citizen who will be or is attending college. All you have to do is fill out some basic information about yourself and then the applications will be drawn at random.
It takes hardly any time at all, and consider this: If it takes you an hour to fill out the application and you win, you’ve just made $1,000 for an hour’s worth of work. Not bad pay for a college kid.
It truly doesn’t get easier than that.
2. “No essay” Scholarship
Most scholarships come but once a year (and some once in a lifetime). The beauty of the $2,000 “No essay” Scholarship is that it comes once a month and you can apply every single month.
And the application is as easy as can be. In fact, you could have filled it out probably 20 times since starting to read this article. You can only apply once a month, but if you’re a current or incoming college student and know basic information about yourself (name, address, etc.), then you can win $2,000. Winners are drawn at random.
The scholarship, offered through College Prowler, has a deadline at the end of every month.
3. $1,000 Weekly Scholarship
Even better than once-a-month is once-a-week. Granted, the Zinch.com weekly scholarship is not as simple as merely filling out basic information about yourself, it’s almost that simple.
All U.S. high schoolers and college students are eligible for this $1,000 scholarship. All it requires is filling out a short form about yourself and answering an unusual question in 280 characters or less (similar to the Twitter-standard of characters). The question changes weekly. This week’s question, for example, is: “Greek historian Plutarch once wrote, The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled. Explain what that quote means to you.”
You can apply every week, once a week. Have fun with it.
4. Scholarship Zone scholarship
It seems nearly every website wants you to register. It’s not enough to simply use a site’s service from time to time, apparently. But not many sites offer as great a possible reward as Scholarship Zone does.
By simply registering for the website (which requires answering less than 15 basic questions about yourself), you’re automatically entered for the next scholarship drawing of $10,000. You’re really not obligated to do anything after that, though you now get to take advantage of the website’s resources. But hey, are you at least 18 and in college? Then why not take two minutes to apply?
It can take a huge load off your tuition bill.
Don’t let student loan debt unnecessarily pile up. The excuse of not being qualified for scholarships can work for certain scholarships but not for these ones.
Laziness, in this case, can cost you thousands of dollars. Take a few minutes out of your day and rake in that dough.
Jon Fortenbury is an Austin-based freelance writer. He’s been published all over the place, ranging from Las Vegas Review Journal to AOL.com. His interests include education and improv comedy. Check out his life-changing blog.
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