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Scholarships for College Students

Scholarships for College Students

Make the scholarship search a component of your college education.

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 04, 2015

Between juggling your heavy course load, a part-time job and the distant remains of a social life, searching for scholarships is the last thing you feel like doing – especially because you may assume that, since you’re a college student you won’t win a scholarship anyway.

False. College students win scholarships all the time.

Seriously, those tuition bills aren’t going to pay themselves and, with the cost of college these days, you need scholarships more than ever.

The good news is, we’ve done the heavy lifting (searching) for you. Now, all you need to do is apply!

Here’s a list of scholarships for college students:

$4,000 Real Princess Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: Maximum Age 26
Award Amount: $4,000

From 2007 to 2012, only 30.8% of the speaking characters in the top 500 movies were women. Portraying Disney princesses as self-sufficient and complex can lead to other similar representations of women in media.

Wanna Do Something? Draw a new princess urging Disney to show strong women on screen. Submit a photo and you’ll be entered to win a $4,000 scholarship.

Each time you complete the action, you’ll get another ticket into the scholarship pot. Go to www.dosomething.org/campaigns/realprincess to get started.

No essay or minimum GPA required.

Learn more about the $4,000 Real Princess Scholarship.

Noodle College Student Scholarship Sweepstakes

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: Minimum Age 18
Award Amount: $1,000

The Noodle College Student Scholarship Sweepstakes is open to students currently enrolled in an accredited college located in the United States.

You will receive an automatic entry into the sweepstakes by registering on Noodle, then answer five simple questions about your college and you’ll get another entry.

You must be at least 18 years of age to enter.

Learn more about the Noodle College Student Scholarship Sweepstakes.

ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: Minimum Age 18
Award Amount: $10,000

ScholarshipPoints will award a $10,000 scholarship to one lucky member.

All you have to do to become eligible is become a ScholarshipPoints member and log in.

It’s simple, fun, and completely free!

Learn more about the ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship.

The 7th GotScholarship $20,000 Give Away

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: Minimum Age 18
Award Amount: $20,000

Yes you can! We believe in your dream and want to support your plans for education after high school. Are you going to college or university? Heading to a technical or trade school? We keep our scholarship simple; it is easy and free to enter. The winner is selected by a random drawing.

There are no GPA, financial need or essay requirements.

The 7th GotScholarship Give Away is open to all fields of study for US, international students and alumni. The $20,000 must be used for educational expenses.

Learn more about the The 7th GotScholarship $20,000 Give Away.

Project Yellow Light Scholarship

Deadline: 4/1/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The Project Yellow Light Scholarship is available to high school juniors and seniors and full -time undergraduate students.

To be considered, you must create a 25- to 55-second video that discourages distracted driving.

Get more information on the Project Yellow Light Scholarship.

CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship is available to students who are living with a disability and planning to study abroad through the Council on International Educational Exchange Program.

You must describe why you want to study abroad and any efforts you have made in advocating on disability issues or how you will use this opportunity to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities to be eligible for this award.

You must also be a U.S. citizen.

Learn more about the CIEE/MIUSA Access to the World Scholarship.

Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education

Deadline: 4/10/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $15,000

The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education provides interest-free loans to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and financial need.

You must be a U.S. citizen, have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,157 or less, and attend school in the state in which you reside (some exceptions apply).

You must also have an outstanding combination of standardized test scores and grades. Law students are not eligible to apply.

Get more information on the Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education.

College JumpStart Scholarship

Deadline: 4/15/15
Available to: High School Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The College JumpStart Scholarship is available to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and current college students.

To be considered for this award, you must be committed to going to school and be able express your goals for getting a higher education.

Get more information on the College JumpStart Scholarship.

Negative Population Growth Essay Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 4/23/15
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: $2,500

The Negative Population Growth Essay Scholarship Contest is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

You must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on the following topic: “Should the United States’ government pursue population policies to protect our quality of life for future generations?”

You must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Negative Population Growth Essay Scholarship Contest.

E-waste Scholarship

Deadline: 4/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

Provided by Digital Responsiblity, the E-waste Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students.

You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the E-waste Scholarship.

Annuity.org Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,000

The Annuity.org Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a U.S. college.

To be considered, you must submit a 700- to 1,400-word essay on the following topic: “You just won a $10 million lottery jackpot! Outline your plan to be a savvy investor.”

Get more information on the Annuity.org Scholarship.

College Completer Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award Amount: $18,000

There are many reasons to complete your degree. Whatever your reason, DeVry University can help. We work with returning students and students transferring colleges every day, helping them finish their degrees quickly and affordably.

Whether you are currently enrolled in school or have been out for a while, DeVry will work with you to apply qualifying credits – up to 80 credit hours — toward your degree program. By maximizing these transfer credits, you can complete your degree sooner, saving you time and money.

DeVry also offers the College Completer Scholarship, a merit-based award designed specifically for those looking to finish a bachelor’s or associate degree. You could receive up to $18,000 to help you earn your bachelor’s or associate degree.

A degree from DeVry University can prepare you for a lifetime of career success. In fact, in 2013, 90% of DeVry University grads actively seeking employment had careers in their field within 6 months of graduation or were already employed when they graduated.

Whatever your reasons for completing your degree, DeVry University can help make it faster and more affordable. Learn more at devry.edu.

Get more information on the College Completer Scholarship.

WyzAnt College Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: High School Sophomores through College Juniors
Award Amount: $10,000

The WyzAnt College Scholarship is available to students who plan to be enrolled in a four-year college or university sometime between August 1, 2015 and November 1, 2017.

To be considered, you must submit a 300 – word essay about how your education has empowered you.

Finalist selection will be based on votes from your email and social media contacts.

Get more information on the WyzAnt College Scholarship.

“Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest

Deadline: 5/29/15
Available to: High School Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The “Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest is open to high school and college students.

To enter, you must submit a banner design that expresses your future dreams and goals you hope to achieve through higher education.

The winner is decided by online public voting. Get more information on the “Design-A-Sign” Scholarship Contest.

$10,000 Comeback Clothes Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/15
Available to: Maximum Age 26 Years
Award Amount: $10,000

The vast majority of fabric can be recycled, yet 85% of textiles made each year ends up in landfills. That’s 11.1 million tons, or the equivalent of over 70 Billion t-shirts.

Sign up for Comeback Clothes to collect old and worn-out clothes in your school and communities and recycle them at your local H&M store to help save precious resources.

Not only will you be making the world suck less, participants can earn a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship for school for every 50 pieces collected.

Submit a photo of the clothes you collected to be entered to win a $10,000 Scholarship. Start here: www.dosomething.org/clothes.

The more clothes you collect, the more entries you can earn. No essay or minimum GPA required.

Learn more about the $10,000 Comeback Clothes Scholarship.

Copyright Awareness Scholarship

Deadline: 6/15/15
Available to: Ages 13-25
Award Amount: $1,000

The Copyright Awareness Scholarship is available to students between the ages of 13 and 25.

To be considered, you must submit a 30-second to three minute video that creatively presents your viewpoint on the importance of intellectual property and copyright law.

Get more information on the Copyright Awareness Scholarship.

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

To be considered, you must submit a maximum 500-word essay on one of the following topics: “Why is it important to work to delete cyberbullying?” or “How has cyberbullying personally affected you?”

Selection is based on the written essay and focus on commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying.

Get more information on the Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship.

New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship is available to students enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university.

On a website, blog, or online forum; you must write a 200- to 400-word post that expresses your opinion of the societal impact of laser tattoo removal.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the New Look Laser Tattoo Removal Scholarship.

The $1000 Scholarship

Deadline: 7/14/15
Available to: High School Senior through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

The $1,000 Scholarship is available to students enrolled, or due to be enrolled, in full time university education for the semester they are applying to receive the scholarship fund.

Get more information on the The $1000 Scholarship.

Imagine Cup Games Competition

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $50,000

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.

”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $10,000

The “From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students who hold at least a 2.5 GPA.

To be considered, you must submit an essay of at least 1500 words that addresses the following three topics: Which tracks of the book “From Failure to Promise – 360 degrees” presented or reiterated the most important life lessons for you and why, which factor was the most vital to the author’s evolution in going from “flunk-out” to "professor and how does the “Seven Spheres of Influence and Integration Model” affect your worldview as related to civic responsibility.

Get more information on the ”From Failure to Promise” Essay Contest.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,500

The Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest is open to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in an American college or university.

You must write an essay between 1,500 and 5,000 words on the topic, “If Lincoln had lived…” to be eligible for this award.

Complete details and topic prompt are on the sponsor’s web site.

Learn more about the Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest.

CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes

Deadline: 8/13/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

The CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes is open to high school and college students.

To enter, you must enroll in the Wells Fargo CollegeSTEPS educational resource program.

Get more information on the CollegeSTEPS Sweepstakes.

U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship

Deadline: 9/17/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college undergraduate students.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the U.S. Bank Financial Genius Scholarship.

Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Deadline: 9/30/15
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,500

Sponsored by Digital Responsibility, the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is available to high school, undergraduate or graduate students.

You must be U.S. citizen or legal resident and complete a short statement on why you pledge not to text and drive in order to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship.

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Deadline: 10/23/15
Available to: High School Senior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $20,000

Provided by the Ayn Rand Institute, the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students.

You must submit an essay of between 800 and 1,600 words on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged.

The three topic choices are listed on the sponsor’s website and essays will be judged on style and content.

Learn more about the Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest.

CKSF Scholarship Competition

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through Graduate Student, 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 information about the CKSF Scholarship Competition.

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