“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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It’s time to kick-off a year new, which means new opportunities galore. In our eyes, that means new and exciting scholarship opportunities for anyone and everyone!
Start the New Year off right by applying for the below 2014 scholarships but – wait – don’t stop there!
Be sure to check out your 2014 scholarship matches for even more opportunities to make this year count.
Here are some great scholarships for 2014 to get you started off on the right foot (and the right financial path) this year:
Teen Video Challenge – $15,000
Ages: High School Freshman to College Freshman
Toyota Teen Driver is awarding a $15,000 Grand Prize to a high school student who submits a short video about safe teen driving. The two runners-up will receive $10,000 and $7,500 respectively.
Plus, the Grand Prize winner will work with a professional film crew to re-shoot their video into a TV-ready PSA and the first runner-up will win a behind-the-scenes trip to a television show!
Top-notch film skills are not needed and smart phone videos are accepted. This program is open to any high school student who is at least 13 years of age.
No minimum GPA.Get more information on the Teen Video Challenge.
Anthem Essay Contest – $2,000
Ages: 14-16 Years
The Anthem Essay Contest is open to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students.
To be eligible for this award, you must write an essay of no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words on a topic about Ayn Rand’s novelette, “Anthem.”
The winning essay must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the philosophic meaning of “Anthem.”
Essays are judged on both style and content.
All information necessary to enter the contest is contained on the sponsor’s site.
Get more information on the Anthem Essay Contest.
Noet Humanities Scholarship – $500
Ages: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
The Noet Humanities Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in a humanities field.
You must be currently enrolled in a humanities program and submit your information on the sponsors website i order to qualify for this award.
Get more information on the Noet Humanities Scholarship.
Imagine Cup Games Competition – $50,000
Ages: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
The Imagine Cup Games Competition is available to students with an interest in video game design.
To enter the contest you, or your team, must submit a desktop or tablet game using Windows, or a mobile game using Windows Phone, or a browser game using Windows Azure.
Games can support multiple languages as long as English is represented and be no bigger than 500MB to be eligible entries.
Get more information on the Imagine Cup Games Competition.
Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship – $1,000
Ages: College Freshman to Graduate Year 5
The Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship is available to entering and current college students.
To be considered, you must submit of picture of something cool that you made out of used printer ink cartridges, laser toner, or your old printer.
You may also apply by submitting a message via social media about recycling and / or how you reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Get more information on the Castle Ink Paperless Scholarship.
DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship – $500
Ages: High School Senior to College Senior
The DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship is available to high school seniors and undergraduate college students.
You must plan to enroll or be enrolled at an accredited institution for the entire 2014-2015 academic year, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award.
Selection is also based on academic achievement, financial need and completion of an essay on the topic: “How will you draw upon your cultural heritage to shape your vocational aspirations, offer creative value to your future employer and serve your community?”
Get more information on the DutchCrafters Amish Furniture Heritage Scholarship.
$7,500 Financial Education Scholarship
Ages: Max of 26 Years
Run a financial education workshop for your friends and you’ll be entered to win a $7,500 scholarship. 3/4 of teens don’t know enough about personal finances.
Arm your friends with mad money skills by running a workshop to teach them.
Sign up at www.dosomething.org/money and we’ll give you three pre-made workshops to choose from.
Everyone who runs a workshop, and tells us about it, will be entered to win a $7,500 scholarship.
No essay or minimum GPA required.
Get more information on the $7,500 Financial Education Scholarship.
4th GotScholarship: $40k Give Away
Ages: Minimum Age of 18
The 4th GotScholarship $40K Give Away is easy and free to enter.
No GPA, no essay and no financial need required. The winner will be chosen from a random drawing.
The $40,000 must be used for educational expenses.
Open to all fields of study.
Get more information on the 4th GotScholarship: $40k Give Away.
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