Share Your Story - College Essay Scholarship And Book Project

Hey high schoolers! Looking for scholarships that will go towards college? Start here with our list of 51 easy scholarships to apply for without essays.

Your acceptance letter came in the mail today and GOOD NEWS!

You're A-C-C-E-P-T-E-D!

Now we get to apply for scholarships! Whooop!

Whooooo!? ...... Anyone?

If you found applying to college to be a long and laborious task, then imagine writing 1,000 - 2,000 word essays for each and every scholarship you apply for. Maybe some of you already have. Hey, more power to you!

For the rest of us, however, there's still hope. There are hoards of scholarships out there that require little more than registration and a brief task. That's right. Companies are giving away free money for little in return. We scoured the interweb far and wide and are back to provide you with a list of some ridiculously easy scholarships to apply for in 2017.

And here's the best part:

No essays (over 250 words) and no letters of recommendations

What are you waiting for?

Easy Scholarships To Apply For 2017: NO ESSAY REQUIRED (under 250 words)

[updated May 4, 2017]

The minimum eligibility for the following scholarships is that the recipient must be in high school and planning on attending college.

1. Cappex Easy College Money Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a Cappex profile and tell them what you like to do on your free time

2. Go Ennounce Yourself Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up and share your academic and extracurricular accomplishments

3. Sallie Mae $1,000 Plan For College Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

4. CollegeWeekLive.com Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Visit 5 college pages over the course of the month

5. You Deserve It! Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

6. Courage To Grow Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

7. School Survey Sweepstakes

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your school here to be entered

8. Fastweb Invite-A-Friend Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for Fastweb
  • Invite a friend to join Fastweb, and if they register, you both are entered

9. The $1,000 SuperCollege Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

10. "No Essay" College Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

  • Register here and submit required personal information
  • Can apply every month!

11. Course Hero Monthly Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site
  • Submit a short "creative" answer (150 words or less) to the question of the month

12. Local Survey Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Review your neighborhood or town here

13. CollegeXpress $500 Refer-A-Friend Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a CollegeXpress account and get your referral link
  • For every friend you refer that registers, you get one entry
  • You can enter every monthly drawing (and win more than one scholarship)

14. $5,000 Social Network Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

  • Must register and add a photo to your profile
  • Apply for the scholarship online
  • Share the scholarship post on social media platform of your choice; the post with the most votes wins the scholarship

15. EDvestinU®National Monthly Scholarship Giveaway

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Last Day Of Every Month

What You Need To Do:

16. Innovation In Education Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: 20th of Every onth

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a project and have someone evaluate and write a letter of recommendation
  • Describe this project through either essay, blog post, app, etc.
  • Submit a photo

17. Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Drawing

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Every Quarter

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a profile and fill out at least one survey. Each survey is an entry for the scholarship

18. VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: Every Quarter (March 14, June 14, September 14, December 14)

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on their site and take at least 2 surveys
  • The more surveys you complete, the higher your chance of winning

19. CaptainU $2,000 Student-Athlete Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Quarterly

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit basic information about your sport and GPA
  • "Like" their Facebook page and complete social promotion tasks

20. Common Knowledge Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and take quizes on topics that range from academic to movies

21. Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500 ; $20,000 ; $100,000

Deadline: Varies (Rolling Basis)

What You Need To Do:

  • Write a "story" about yourself in 350 characters or less. The story with the most votes wins prizes

22. DoSomething.org Easy Scholarships

Amount: Up to $18,000

Deadline: Varies

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for a campaign, complete a task (some take 10 minutes), and post a picture showing you did it

23. Digital Responsibility E-Waste Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a tweet-length message about E-waste

24. $5,000 Scholarship - Make A Recycling Bin To Reduce Waste

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up for dosomething.org
  • Create a fun recycling bin for a bathroom that encourages people to recycle their beauty and personal care products

25. Tetherbox Creative Video Challenge Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-4 minute "commercial"

26. CollegeXpress Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

27. Countdown To College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Sign up to receive Potential Magazine's free weekly "Countdown To College" newsletter email

28. SunTrust Scholarship Sweepstakes

Amount: $500

Deadline: May 12, 2017 (Winner Selected Every 2 Weeks Until Deadline)

What You Need To Do:

  • Must be a resident of: AL, AK, FL, GA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV, DC
  • Apply here

29. Live Mas Scholarship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: May 12, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Send in a short film (under 2 minutes) that tells the story of your life's passion

30. Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 21, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit Application
  • Include a maximum 3 minute video about your views on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law

31. C.I.P. Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit application online with 150 words about your primary goal of going to school

32. Scholarship Detective Launch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register and submit 140 words about how you'll use the money

33. Christian College Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: May 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an online survey to be entered to win
  • Plan on attending a 2 or 4-year Christian university

34. Scholarships 4 Moms

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 15, 2017

  • Register for site
  • Must be a mom or soon-to-be mother

35. Digital Privacy Scholarship

Amount: $1000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete application with tweet-length message about digital privacy

36. Because College Is Expensive

Amount: $500

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

37. Scholarship Zone $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

38. College Steps Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Enroll in the College Steps Program

39. Nitro College Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Complete the Scholarship Survey Questions.
  • Answer all three (3) short-answer questions.
  • Participate in our social media activity.

40. $1,000 Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

41. Parry and Pfau Left-Handed Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: July 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a 1-2 minute funny video about why it's better to be left-handed than right-handed

42. CollegeSteps Sweepstakes

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

43. AFSA Second Chance Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: August 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

44. US Bank Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (five available)

Deadline: September, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an easy application
  • Complete 5 easy online learning modules on financial literacy

45. Unigo Education Matters Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit a short answer (250 words or less) about what you would say if someone told you education didn't matter

46. 10 Words Or Less Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2017

What You Need To Do:

47. Beliz Law Firm Video Essay Scholarship Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a video (under 3 minutes) about the impact of texting and driving

48. HeadSetPlus.com College Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Upload a short video on Youtube about who you are, what you want to study, and why you deserve the scholarship

49. NextStepU Win Free College Tuition Giveaway

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Register on NextStepU.com during eligibility period of July 1 - December 31

50. Community College Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

51. Unigo $10,000 Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Submit an application here
  • Write a tweet-style message (140 characters or less) displaying your first "Tweet" after being elected president

52. 10th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

What You Need To Do:

  • Create a greeting card that, if chosen, will be sold in an upcoming line

Words Of Caution: Scholarship Scams

Every year, thousands of students are victims to scholarship scams. Here are some phrases scholarship scams will use:

  • "Guaranteed or your money back"
  • "You've been selected!"
  • "It will only cost.."
  • "We have exclusive access"
  • "We'll do all the work for you"
  • "Act now"

Warning Signs of Scholarship Scams:

  • Any request for your financial information or payments
  • Offers for low-interest student loans for fee

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We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).

Read: You Have a Story to Tell. Colleges Want to Read It.and The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing.

We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.

The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.

The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

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