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Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

October 17, 2012

Good news: the scholarship search doesn’t have to stop just because you’ve enrolled in college. In fact, there are just as many scholarships out there for college students as there are for high school students. However, the common misconception that students can only win scholarships in their senior year of high school keeps college students from applying.

Now, Fastweb is putting that rumor to rest and providing college students with a sampling of scholarships that are right up their alley. Start your applications now that you’re officially a college student.

Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

While Atlas Shrugged may not be on your mandatory reading list for school, it’s one of those books that you should read anyway for its philosophical meaning as well as a chance to win $10,000.

The Atlas Shrugged Essay contest requires college students to read the novel and answer one of three questions in an essay no less than 800 and no more than 1,600 words.

First place award in the essay contest is $10,000. Three second prize winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 will go to five third prize winners. Also, 25 finalists will win $100 and 50 semi-finalists will receive $50.

Website: Ayn Rand Institute Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Tylenol Scholarship

Paying for school can cause quite the headache but Tylenol hopes to alleviate some of those expenses for 40 scholarship applicants.

Students must be enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university or a vocational/technical school. Applicants must also be working toward a degree that will lead to a career in the health care industry.

Of the recipients, ten will receive $10,000 and 30 will receive $5,000.

Website: Tylenol Scholarship

Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship

If “iambic pentameter” is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “metric,” you may want to consider using poetry as a way to pay for school.

The Poetry Foundation hosts the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, which awards five $15,000 scholarships to aspiring young poets.

See the website for more information: Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship

College Prowler No Essay Competition

Sometimes in college, it’s hard to find the time to study for exams, write papers and get to all your meetings, let alone apply for scholarships. That’s why a scholarship with little to no work is crazy to pass up.

To apply for the College Prowler No Essay Competition, students just have to fill out a brief form. Each month, one applicant is selected for a $2,000 scholarship.

Website: College Prowler No Essay Competition

The Scholarship

Fortunately, the real test for this scholarship has nothing to do with proofreading. Rather, applicants are asked to write an essay on a prompt from the sponsor.

Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college or university and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Essays must be a minimum of 1,500 with no maximum.

Website: The Scholarship

Beans for Brains Scholarship Program

It may be hard to find someone to pay you $3,200 for one of your knitting projects but it’s much easier to get a $3,200 scholarship for your work.

The Beans for Brains Scholarship Program is open to college students and requires that applicants send in a recent photo of a project. There are five $3,200 scholarships available and even one for international students.

Website: Beans for Brains Scholarship Program

Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

Do you ever wish college came with a dose of arts and crafts? The Frame My Future Scholarship Contest requires you to get out your colored pencils and glue sticks for a chance to win $1,000.

Applicants can literally frame their future through a photo, collage, poem, drawing, painting, graphic design and scrapbook. Five winners will be chosen for $1,000 scholarships.

Website: Frame My Future Scholarship Contest

The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest

Elie Wiesel is best known for his novel, Night, which detailed his experience as a prisoner of Auschwitz, Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps during World War II. His foundation, The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, focuses on ethics as a major component of education.

Each year, the foundation provides scholarship opportunities for college juniors and seniors through the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. First prize is worth $5,000, second place $2,500 and third $1,500. Also, two honorable mentions will receive $500.

Essays must be between 3,000 and 4,000 words and cover one of the topics provided by the program’s prompts.

Website: The Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest


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