Luck of the Draw: Contest & Sweepstakes Scholarships

Contest and sweepstakes scholarships are fast, easy-to-enter and commonly offer opportunities for multiple entries.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 01, 2017

Luck of the Draw: Contest & Sweepstakes Scholarships

What’s great about contests and sweepstakes? They’re essentially scholarships that take very little time or effort and everyone has the opportunity to win.

This scholarship category levels playing field for all students who enter because everyone adheres to the same entry criteria.

Many even offer multiple entries if you choose to take advantage of them (which you should).

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for writers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Check out some of our favorite contest and sweepstakes style scholarships, which choose winners at random, or have special offers for students:

$5,000 March Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Get up to $5,000 in just 3-steps! Winners will be chosen based on a 200 word, short-answer response, so be creative!

Get more information on the $5,000 March Scholarship.

Niche $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

We know you are busy and we know that times are tough. That is why we decided to create the easiest possible scholarship to give something back to students. Students can use the money to help cover tuition, housing, meal plans, books, computers, or any education-related expenses. The scholarship is open to all high school and college students and those planning to enroll in the next 12 months.

Get more information on the Niche $2,000 “No Essay” Scholarship.

VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/17
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Think you can’t afford to pay for that college or university you’ve always wanted to go to? Let us help. Join VIP Voice today and enter for a chance to win our $5k Scholarship. You pick the school, we’ll help you pay. As the winner, you’ll be able to put this cash towards to the school of your choice. Enter your points today for a chance to win! Prize will be awarded in the form of a check.

Get more information on the VIP Voice $5,000 Scholarship.

Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/17
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 6 Awards from $1,000-$5,000

The Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full – time undergraduate students. To be considered, you must create a 25 or 55 second video that discourages distracted driving.

Learn more about the Project Yellow Light Video Contest Scholarship.

Duck Tape Promposal Sweepstakes

Deadline: 4/05/17
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 3 Awards of $1,000

The Duck Tape Promposal Sweepstakes is available to high school students. To be eligible, you must come up with a clever promposal idea that incorporates Duck Tape in some way, then post a photo or video of your promposal on Twitter on Instagram.

Get more information on the Duck Tape Promposal Sweepstakes.

NPG 2017 Photography Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/07/17
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The NPG 2017 Photography Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors. You must submit an original photo with a 40 to 50 word description that shows how the environment of the U.S. is being damaged by population growth. You must also be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the NPG 2017 Photography Scholarship Contest.

$5,000 Easy Scholarship: Create a Recycling Bin to Reduce Waste

Deadline: 4/30/17
Available to: Maximum Age 25 Years
Award Amount: $5,000

You could win an easy $5,000 scholarship just by creating a fun bathroom recycling bin that encourages people to recycle their empty beauty & personal care products! Use our tips to make an eye-catching bin and place it in a bathroom near you. That’ll significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and automatically enter you to win a $5,000 scholarship. Win-win! No minimum GPA or essay required. No minimum GPA or essay required. This $5,000 easy scholarship is open to people ages 13 to 25. You must also live in the U.S. or have U.S citizenship.

Get more information on the $5,000 Easy Scholarship: Create a Recycling Bin to Reduce Waste.

$2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing

Deadline: 5/31/17
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Juniors
Award Amount: $2,500

Request Christian college information and enter our $2,500 annual Christian college scholarship drawing. The winner may use the scholarship to attend any Christian college in the U.S. or Canada.

Get more information on the $2,500 Christian College Scholarship Drawing.

$500 Class of 2017 Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/17
Available to: High School Seniors
Award Amount: $500

You’re half way done with high school. You’re almost the big man/woman on campus. So, now what? Hopefully, you’re ready to begin or further your college and scholarship search! That’s where we come in. Not only do we offer the largest source of college reviews, but we award more than $50,000 every year in scholarship money.

Lucky for you, we set up a $500 scholarship for high school juniors in the class of 2017. The scholarship can be used to fund your college search process (think “campus visit scholarship” or “test prep scholarship”) or can be applied to any education related expenses. To apply for the $500 High School Junior Scholarship, simply login or register for a free account.

Get more information on the $500 Class of 2017 Scholarship.

Prom Pics Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Juniors through High School Seniors
Award Amount: $250

The Prom Pics Contest is open to high school students. To be eligible, you must submit a high resolution photo from your prom event. Prizes will be awarded in each of the following categories: promposal, pre-prom, prom dance, and post-prom.

Get more information on the Prom Pics Contest.

Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Prize Drawing

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 15+
Award Amount: $10,000

Opinion Outpost has a $40,000 year-long cash give away! Every quarter a winner will receive $10,000! Each time you take a survey you receive an entry into that quarterly prize draw. The more you participate, the more likely you are to win! In addition to the quarterly prize draw, earning cash and rewards for taking surveys is one of the biggest perks of joining Opinion Outpost. You can redeem your points for Amazon.com Gift Card* Claim Codes, iTunes* Gift Cards, or if you believe cash is king, for money using our PayPal redemption method. It’s safe, secure, and a popular option for many Opinion Outpost members!

Get more information on the Opinion Outpost $10,000 Quarterly Prize Drawing.

Constitution Connection

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $25 Every Two Weeks

Want to raise the minimum wage? Should the government pay for college? Comment on the new Bill of Rights Institute debate platform Constitution Connection and be entered in for a chance to win $25!

Get more information on the Constitution Connection.

Optimist International Oratorical Contest

Deadline: Varies
Available To: Maximum Age 18 Years
Award Amount: $2,500

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19.

To be considered for this award, you must prepare a 4 to 5 minute speech on the topic, “How My Passions Impact the World” to be presented at your local Optimist Club’s contest.

Get more information on the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes

Deadline: Last day of every month; refreshes monthly
Available to: All Fastweb members (minimum age 13 years)
Award Amount: $500

The Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes is open to registered Fastweb members who are legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and who are at least thirteen (13) years of age.

You must log into your Fastweb account to obtain your personal referral link.

For each person who registers for Fastweb via your personal referral link during the Promotion Period, you and your referral will entered as a pair into the monthly drawing.

Get more information on the Fastweb Invite a Friend Sweepstakes.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The CKSF Scholarships are available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the U.S. You must register to participate in scholarship quizzes that test your knowledge of topics ranging from general “common knowledge” to specific academic subjects, books, websites, and even movies. You will be scored based on a combination of time and accuracy. Students with the highest scores at the end of each competition win.

Learn more about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

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